25 March 2009

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Peacock Visual Arts has been awarded £90,000 by the Scottish Government to lead a North-east project which recycles the proceeds of crime into arts and cultural activities for young people.

The Creative Identities project runs in partnership with Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council targets young carers and looked after children but is open to all young people aged between 10 and 19. It aims to give young people who are often excluded from such activities the opportunity to take part in creative activities, thereby building their confidence and providing life-enriching experiences.

Peacock Visual Arts is the regional partner for Cashback for Communities’ Creative Identities Project in the Grampian Area. Peacock, which celebrates its 35 years in the North-east in 2009 has operated pioneering digital and new media projects in the community over the last ten years.

The Cashback project will see Peacock working with a host of organisations throughout the North-east who focus on the wellbeing of young people, these include The Foyer, Barnardos, Skills Development Scotland, Craigielea Children’s Centre and Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

The project will include one-off events, on-going creative projects and the establishment of a city centre hub where participants, artists and audience alike can keep up-to-date with the project and its achievements. The project aims to involve well over 300 young people throughout the North-east including the coastal communities of Banff and Buchan.

Adam Proctor, Digital Co-ordinator at Peacock said:We are delighted to have been awarded the £90,000 Cashback Grant. This is a great opportunity for Peacock and for organisations across the North-east to come together on a project that will have a really positive impact on young people’s lives”