Celebrating 1 year of The Boardwalk

Celebrating 1 year of The Boardwalk

It’s been a year since we officially launched The Boardwalk and what a year its’ been!

Previously the home to Scottish Youth Theatre, in Spring 2023 The Boardwalk was taken over by Impact Arts and transformed into a purpose-built creative and accessible events venue, boasting a 180-capacity theatre, seven studios and meetings rooms capable of hosting everything from dance rehearsals and creative workshops to corporate events and conferences.

Since opening our doors we have welcomed more than 22,000 visitors from Glasgow and beyond, and hosted more than 250 different organisations and customers. Many of the country’s leading creative organisations have benefitted from the spaces, from permanent theatrical tenants like Solar Bear and Birds of Paradise, to dance studios brought to life by the likes of S-MB Company and The Work Room, and transformative creative engagement charities like Playlist for Life and Inspiring Scotland.

In the last year The Boardwalk has also become a vital and vibrant base for some of the life-changing work of Impact Arts itself. That has included welcoming older communities struggling with social isolation, improving the wellbeing and attainment of children via art therapy, and empowering teens and young adults through employability programmes such as the recent Creative Pathways project, which in March culminated in a celebratory showcase of artwork created by local young people, including a design which could be used by cosmetics giant Lush later this year.

As a social enterprise, all money raised from our hires, events, and tenants directly benefits the work of Impact Arts across Scotland. And as the charity gets ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2024, the second year of life at The Boardwalk looks set to be just as busy.

Fiona Doring, Chief Executive Officer of Impact Arts, said: “The Boardwalk has been a fantastic opportunity for Impact Arts to move into Glasgow’s city centre to a venue that supports the arts sector in Scotland through the provision of accessible and inclusive spaces. The venue has a real social heart and all those that visit comment on just how friendly and welcoming it is. The mix of people who use the studios creates a fantastic buzz and the range and volume of people who have accessed our studios and events over the year has been wonderful!”

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We are super excited to be part of Doors Open Day this year. Join us at The Boardwalk for guided tours, workshops & film screenings between 15th – 17th September.
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland hired out The Boardwalk recently to host BUZZ, the European Youth Theatre Network.
Funded by Glasgow City Council, Step Up to Net Zero by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has allowed Impact Arts to go further than ever before in its efforts to address the climate crisis.