Young people in North Lanarkshire are being offered that chance to get involved in a new arts and heritage project focusing on the Monkland Canal.

James Watt supervised the construction of the Canal in the 1770s.

The new, 10-week programme is aimed at 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training. It will run from October 8 until December 14 this year.

The charity Impact Arts – delivering the programme – says: “Participants will get invaluable hands-on experience of digital art, graphic design, photography and more, while learning about environmental issues and discover the local heritage of the Monkland Canal. Some of the workshops will take place on the Vulcan Barge, a replica of the first ever all iron-hulled vessel to be built! Those taking part will also get advice on CVs, job-hunting, next steps, and have the opportunity to complete an SQA Stage 2 award in employability.”

Visit the charity’s website for more information. 

You can also contact Aileen Lynn on 0141 575 3001 or email

Funding and support for the project comes from The Scottish Government, Cashback for Communities Fund, Youthlink Scotland, Scottish Waterways Trust, Bairdwatson Charitable Trust, Our Bright Future, the Big Lottery Fund, Summerlee Industrial Museum and the SCVO.

Top picture:  Chris Upson / Monkland Canal, Drumpellier Country Park CC BY-SA 2.0.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.