Blog: To Weave or not to Weave?

I often need to remind myself to take care of my own wellbeing. My typical ‘go to’ route off the stress roundabout is a run or dog walk which always works a treat. However, fresh from an inspirational talk given by Dr Emma Hepburn Clinical Psychologist, Author and Illustrator and a weaving kit recently acquired […]

Blog: Conversation as Art

Over the last 7 months I have been interviewing people I admire for the Everything Mixtape Newsletter. The process has been extremely educational: every couple of weeks I have a zoom call and get to ask thoughtful questions to thoughtful writers, filmmakers, comedians, scholars, activists, musicians, artists and more… Even though there is something more […]

Showcase: Claire Gorman on Gravitating Towards What Lights You Up

Showcase is our brand new feature all about individuals doing inspiring creative work across the country. This week we spoke to experimental musician and creative facilitator Claire Gorman. Claire loves playing with people, writing tunes, creating sound-worlds, instigating small musical happenings and facilitating joyful participatory experiences. She has recently run workshops for Perth Theatre, Art […]

Showcase: Sam Sherriff on Connecting People Through Art

Showcase is our brand new feature all about individuals doing inspiring creative work across the country. This week we spoke to illustrator and Fun A Day coordinator Sam Sherriff. Sam’s work focuses on plants and animals using pattern, colour and line to create paintings and illustrations, often abstract and bold. In past work she has […]

SHOWCASE: Laura Darling on Developing a Unique Voice

Showcase is our brand new feature all about individuals doing inspiring creative work across the country. This week we spoke to Laura Darling, Scottish illustrator whose playful work is grounded in observational drawing and storytelling. Laura’s characterful, narrative illustrations feature in projects including fold-out activity trails, a graphic novel, and a series of murals for Glasgow […]

BLOG: Do it on Purpose

The blogs we publish feature contributions from team members, collaborators and partners. In this edition, Alex McEwan, our Founder and Creative Director, reflects on her experience as a neurodivergent maker and the importance of the Arts Award. Back in 2020 I founded Albatross Arts, a community interest company dedicated to breaking down barriers to accessing […]

BLOG: The Ethics of True Stories

Albatross Arts is an organisation that breaks down access barriers to the arts. We support people by providing inclusive, high quality creative opportunities and taking on social challenges together in order to benefit communities. The blogs we publish feature contributions from team members, collaborators and partners. On this editon, Sam Gonçalves, our Social and Digital […]

BLOG: How We Measure Success

The blogs we publish feature contributions from team members, collaborators and partners. In this editon, Sue Macartney, our Development Manager, reflects on her experience within the funding landscape and how we measure success in the Third Sector. Over the last fifteen years I have worked with a range of organisations, from community groups to national […]

BLOG: Expressive Arts for Wellbeing

In the last blog of the series, our Creative Project Coordinator Sunny Townsend brings a novel scientific perspective to Albatross Arts’ workshops, drawing on her background to help capture the power of the creative arts on wellbeing. This week’s workshop was slightly melancholic because it was the last one, and also the end of the […]

BLOG: Spillover Effects

In this series of six blogs, our Creative Project Coordinator Sunny Townsend brings a novel scientific perspective to Albatross Arts’ workshops, drawing on her background to help capture the power of the creative arts on wellbeing. Early on in this week’s weaving workshop, Alex reminded us “if ever it’s a mishmash, remember that’s not the […]