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After 21 years of creating arts experiences with and for children in Glasgow and across Scotland, the company announces that Giant is to close this autumn.
Giant is a unique multi-discipline arts organisation focussing on working with children under 12 years of age and their families. At the heart of the company’s work is the celebration of children’s creativity and a commitment to accessibility.
Across the 21 years the organisation has delivered a wide range of creative projects, reaching tens of thousands of children and families. Since 2005 alone the organisation has engaged with over 28,000 people.
Alongside a diverse portfolio of work created with artists in theatre, visual art and music, Giant has delivered projects with an array of partners including: nurseries, schools, housing associations, health services and arts organisations.
The company has collaborated with exceptional and talented individuals over the years and none more so than the children and families who have participated in the company’s work.
Maria McCavana, Artistic Director says
Giant has touched the lives of children, artists and arts organisations in Scotland by creating exciting work which celebrates children’s creativity and imagination. After 21 years Giant leaves a legacy of collaborative arts experiences between children and artists; inclusive arts experiences for all children regardless of background and ability and; inspiration for artists and other professionals who work with children. Thank you to all the children and artists who have inspired us.
Cristina Chimenti, Chair of Giant, says
The board of directors and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people whose hard work,
dedication and creativity has made Giant such a success for the past 21 years. It is now time for the staff
and artists working for the organisation to pursue new goals and ambitions and we look forward to watching
as they progress with their careers and continue to contribute to the thriving arts industry of Scotland.
We would also like to convey our appreciation to all the partners and funders who through their support
have allowed us to enrich the lives of so many through quality arts experiences.
Last but by no means least we want to thank the thousands of children who have inspired us over the years.
A Few Highlights from the past 21 years include:
Giant is set up to deliver the Children and Young People’s events as part of Glasgow City of Culture.
This included the Children’s International Festival. (1990)
Giant turns the Partick Burgh Halls and later The Arches into beach paradises in
‘Costa Del Dumbarton Road’ (1995) and ‘Costa Del Clyde’ (2000)
Author Julia Donaldson signs copies of ‘Room on the Broom’ at one of Giant’s famous
Halloween events! (2002)
Janice Forsyth opens The Giant Space in Glasgow – providing opportunities for artists who work for/with
children as part of their practice and an exhibition space to showcase children’s art work. (2007)
The ‘Wee Devil’ animation is projected onto the back of the Provands Lordship building from the St.
Nicolas Garden and viewed by over 7000 people as part of the Glasgow Radiance Festival. (2007)
The Folding Clouds & Hoovering Hills installation, developed from collaboration between children and
artists is visited by nearly 4000 people during its 3 week residency at international arts venue Tramway. (2010)
The Songbird opens at the Royal Botanic Garden andis awarded a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe. (2010)
The Forgotten Island transforms a derelict wasteland into an interactive outdoor experience on the banks
of the Clyde through collaboration between children and artists.(2011)