The Claypits is located next to the Forth and Clyde Canal close to the communities of Possilpark, Hamiltonhill, Ruchill, Firhill and Woodside in the North of Glasgow.
The local community has been working to improve the area and to have the Claypits recognised both as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and as a key part of local regeneration activity. We worked with the Friends of Possilpark Greenspace (FoPG) in 2011 to carry out a Community Placemaking evaluation and to develop an action plan for the Claypits. More
Using this action plan as a starting point, FoPG has greatly improved the accessibility and quality of the site; raised its public profile (through events and activities on the site) and been successful in gaining LNR status. The group has also been part of the wider regeneration planning process in the area and used knowledge and experience gained from the Placemaking process to inform the Woodside, Firhill & Hamiltonhill Charrette in 2015. More
Both the Community Placemaking and the Charrette identified the potential of using public and community art to celebrate local identity and to raise the profile of the area and its assets (including the Claypits). The Charrette successfully used an Arts Outreach approach to increase participation from local people.
We have been successful in an application to the Scottish Government’s Activating Ideas Fund, which is designed to allow local partners to pick up ideas and recommendations from placemaking (particularly charrettes) and to move them into practice. Our project: ‘Arts Connections - Canal, Claypits and beyond’ will facilitate the development of a community led arts strategy for the area.
We are working in partnership with FoPG and will work with local artists to deliver a series of community art ‘roadshows’ to engage local people in the discussions and to begin to explore ideas. We will then use the Community Placemaking approach to bring people together to develop proposals; produce a community-led strategy and begin to agree an action framework to deliver the proposals.
Read the Scottish Government news release here