Inner City Arts is a proven concept that works with young people from the schemes harnessing their creativity.
We run projects for a period of up to 6 months with up to 12 young people, working with them by providing a safe environment to explore and challenge the environment in which they live. Through the medium film-making, each young person can experience all aspects of story-telling and drama workshops about relevant social issues. We tailor these to the participants and their own experiences.
Our graduates then work with us on film commissions from a variety of clients ranging from charity to education.
We have already run four successful intervention projects that have steered these young people to realise their own ambition. All 35 have moved onto employment or education. 1 has recently received a young BAFTA.
We truly believe that this is the way to help young people from the most disadvantaged communities.
If you are interested in either commissioning an Inner City Arts project for your organisation or a short film or rich media content, please contact us.
Aaron McGowan EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
been working with garry for a while now, what hes doing is good and keeps us off the streets, gives us opportunities, could trust him and he kens what hes talking about. Least hes trying to make a change!
Ryan Brown EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
i am on the wideo media project and i have really enjoyed working with gary , he is a great role model and for me has changed my mind on life , i have now been keeping out of trouble since started this project
Brandon Stewart EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
Garry Is A Legend Trying To Make A change And Am Proud Of Him Standing Up For The Community.
Leanne Dickson EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND WHAT GARRY IS DOING FOR THE YOUTH OF NORTH EDINBURGH ITS A GREAT WAY FOR THEM TO SHOW EMOTION WHERE THEY WOULDNT NORMALLY. IT IS A GREAT CONFIDENCE BUILDER AND YES THERE ARE OTHER PLACES BUT WIDEO MEDIA IS THE ONLY ONE I KNOW OF THAT ETS THE KIDS PUT THIER REA LIFES INTO IT AND HEPS THEM PUT IT ALL TOGETHER . THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THE YOUTHS AND STATISTICS SHOW MEDIA DRAMA MUSIC POETRY WILL AND DOES HEP THEM SO WHY STOP NE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED IT AND PULLED THIER LIFES BACK TO PUT WHAT THEY CAN BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY
Andy Cameron EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
Because this is alot of bullshit how garry the only worker av trusted and that is a great roll model to show that you can change your life in sted of someone posh that dosent have a clue what actually happens but they think they do cause they read something on the paper fuck that shit al start a street petition if that is what it take one way or another garry will be working with kids from schemes and making his dramas better everytime CHEERS ANDY.
Stephen Roches EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
im signing this because garry is great at what he does and is giveing kids in the local area another chance at life
Caroline Bennett EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
Feel that everyone deserves a second chance and it sounds like Garry Fraser really deserves this chance and its a great thing to be doing for the kids!
Aird Mckinstrie EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Working with Wideo may be one of the few opportunities that some kids will get to express themselves creatively rather than antisocially. It will also be a chance for them to try to understand why they should not accept that background and circumstances automatically dictate life choices and limit self respect. The sheer raw belief in a better way that Gary brings along with his exceptional talent is something that the authorities cannot hope to offer through organised schemes – it is inspirational and will lead to aspirational thinking and behaviour.
Craig Moncur EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
Having worked with Garry and the participants in this project personally I have decided that it is only right that I lend my signature to this petition. This project really has afforded these young adults valuable knowledge and experience that is transferable to future employment in the professional media industry. I feel Garry’s background and previous life experiences should be seriously viewed as a positive in this instance as being able to relate to the group has been a massive benefit to the success of the project so far. It is my hope that he will be afforded future opportunities.
Davd Cairns LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Garry Fraser is a talented director who is a positive role model for many young people. If they see him banned from working with them because of historical offences it will reinforce their belief that the system is stacked against them and can’t be beaten.
Ray McCowan, vice principal education leadership at Edinburgh College, said:
“We need committed individuals like Garry to provide support to young and unemployed people. The young people he works with see him as a role model and a sign of what can be achieved through getting a solid education.
Annie Brown The Daily Record
“Their futures looked pretty bleak before last summer – no jobs, little education and too much knowledge in all the wrong things.
Now, 16 teens from the poorest pockets of Edinburgh have the skills and confidence to make something of their lives after creating a short film based on their own personal experiences and stories, but don’t expect the usual teenage problems”
Garry Fraser, 25, a reformed crack addict, drug dealer and convict-turned Bafta- winning film-maker, is head of the project, which takes kids from areas of urban deprivation and turns them into creatives. Instead of railing against their environment, he wants them to follow his lead, to explore and exploit it but not be defined by it.
“Education saved my life. That’s one of the reasons why I set up this course, to try to catch young people who are from a similar background to my own, before they find themselves involved in self-destructive lifestyles of gangs and drug abuse – to give them the option of a new route and a better future,”
Press Interviews Links below
JAILBAIT PROJECT Daily Record
STV LINK Scottish TV
Writer Interview Caledonian Mercury
Working with Irvine welsh’s writing to deliver a creative project in 2014 more news to come.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this project and honoured to have the Edinburgh College Inner City Arts students work with Garry Fraser on The State of the Party. Garry is an astonishingly talented and driven filmmaker, and intimately understands the darkness and humour of the piece. He’ll be both inspirational to, and inspired by, the young people he’ll be working with on the project. The State of the Party is a drug-fueled parable about two young men’s descent into a hyper-real urban hell, and based on the dark premise that ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ and things are never so bad that we can’t make them worse, through our own muddled decision making. I’m very excited to see their interpretation of this story.”