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    The Green Gallery, Buchlyvie supports Artlink Central through an annual Christmas Fair. Click the image to visit the Gallery Website.

    Artlink Central is a leading arts agency and charity in Central Scotland, developing artist led creative programmes for those who face barriers to participation due to mental health issues, disability or other social barriers. We use music, literature, storytelling, visual and performing arts to remove barriers that create or sustain inequality, and to discover and nurture creative talent in people, particularly emerging disabled artists.

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    The Illustrators: An exhibition of contemporary children’s book illustration curated by Julia Donaldson

    A collaboration by Artlink Central and theparkgallery, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk

     12 March – 2 May 2011

    Click on the banner to visit the Illustrators minisiteJulia Donaldson is the author of over 150 books for children and besides writing well – known books with Axel Scheffler including The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale and most recently Zog, she has collaborated with many other illustrators. Julia is also Patron of Artlink Central, a charity which puts artists, musicians and storytellers into schools, hospitals, prisons and community spaces to work with children and adults and help them develop their talent and creativity.

     Gillian Smith, Arts Development Officer, the Park Gallery said “As interest in the art of illustration for children has grown considerably in recent years the Park Gallery is delighted to collaborate with Artlink Central and invite Julia Donaldson to curate ‘The Illustrators’ – a unique and intimate exhibition of work by artists who have illustrated Julia’s  books.

    Lydia Monks - from ‘What the Ladybird Heard’The exhibition aims to highlight the diverse range of approaches to illustration and focuses on a number of artists who have worked with Julia over the years. Featuring original works (by, Axel Scheffler, amongst others) visitors will see examples of preparatory work - sketches, ideas and a unique display envelopes.

     I think my postman has a more interesting life than most, because every time Axel writes to me he decorates the envelope, often involving the stamp in a witty way, like turning Prince William into a giant. Sometimes the postman has to search for my name and address, as when Axel wrote them on various bricks being played with by the Gruffalo’s Child,” said Julia Donaldson

    Envelope by Axel Scheffler (adapted for the Illustrators) Kevin Harrison , Director of Artlink Central said

    “This exhibition offers not only a diverse and rich spread of some of the most exciting children’s art in the country, but also a personal insight into the processes and collaborations behind the work. We are hugely grateful to Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler and other contributors, their agents and publishers who have all generously supported the ambitions of this project.”

    The exhibition includes exclusive material, including work that is not yet published including images from forthcoming books illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Sam McCullen, Pam Smy and even sketches and drawings for a new book by Julia Donaldson with illustrator Charlotte Voake exploring the further adventures of Edward Lear’s creations, the Owl and the Pussycat. Visitors will have access to work at all stages of development and Julia Donaldson has loaned work from her own personal collection of illustrations from her books.


    GREEN GALLERY WEEKEND 3-5th December

    Rebecca McEwen (Tartan Heart), Sarah Thomson (Jewellery), Becky Walker (Green Gallery), Kevin Harrison, Jane Lindsey (Snapdragon), Lynne Seaton (My Baboo) and Carol Seymour (Artlink Central).

    The cheque for a fantastic £2556.65 is presented by Becky Walker of the Green Gallery to Kevin Harrison, Director of Artlink Central.

    This event was an amazing success.  People made their way and enjoyed a lovely setting.  Initial reports are that it was a great success.  Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. 




    Please come along to a fantastic event which supports Artlink Central.  A beautiful setting and amazing ambiance, with a chance to buy that special something.


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    BBC Radio Scotland, Kaye Adams interviews Julie Law, Artistic Programmer, Artlink Central


    Today Julie was interviewed by Kaye Adams regarding why people give to charities.  This was prompted by the fact that it is Children In Need day and we are currently running a Children in Need funded project called ‘So You Think We Can’t Dance?’  at Carrongrange School.  This project culminates on Thursday, 25th November, at the school. 

    The performance will be attended by family members of the girls participating, fellow pupils, Falkirk Provost, Pat Reid and other Education Department officals. 

    The project has been supported by a Glasgow based company called Indepen-Dance who work with adults and children with additional support needs.

    To listen to this interview click on the link below and go to 4:30mins on the clip.


    Launching Artreach programme for Stirling adults with learning disabilities

    The new arts participation and development programme for Stirling based adults with learning disabilities gets underway with taster sessions in Stirling and Callander. Three artists will deliver a prgramme of music, drama and visual arts over ten months with support from Stirling Community Planning Partnership and the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust.

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    Reveal Scotland Coordinator - A Traineeship Opportunity for a Disabled Arts Professional

    Updated on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 4:07PM by Registered CommenterKevin Harrison

    The Reveal Scotland programme will contract a highly visible post, for a disabled arts management trainee to deliver a project with a focus on supporting disabled artists and developing an artist-led forum as a source of support, information and under which, independent artists and creative professionals will be more visible within the disability and arts sector, and to the wider arts sector.

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