Arts and Creativity Inverclyde


Developing an arts and creativity strategy for Inverclyde, through a process of active and engaged research


Client: Inverclyde Place Partnership

Duration: Ongoing


How can the arts make people happier, healthier and more nurturing of their environment and communities?


icecream architecture were commissioned in Summer 2015 by Inverclyde Place Partnership to undertake a piece of active and creative research that will conclude in Summer 2016 with the completion of an Arts and Creativity Strategy for the region.


The aim of this Strategy is to identify ideas and ways for better connection between arts, creativity, and the well-being of people in Inverclyde. It will take the aims of the Inverclyde Alliance Community Plan as a starting point and look to work with local groups and individuals to identify ways that artists and organisations can continue to support one another and local well-being over the next years.


Between September and December of 2015, icecream architecture cycled a lighthouse from Quarriers Village to Wemyss Bay, stopping in public places and asking people about their challenges with navigating the arts locally. In November icecream architecture hosted 3 public lunch sessions, in Gourock, Boglestone and Greenock, where over a cup of soup people discussed and drafted up a list of priority issues and some potential solutions.

icecream architecture are now in a process of actively testing some of these ideas, working with local artists to establish an arts network and local students to look at branding and map development for arts across the region.