Generation Arts  – Community Classes 

All our community classes are now cancelled till week of the 20 April.

PICTURE HOUSE – A Cinema Near You

Would you like to set up a community cinema in your area? We have been commissioned to help set up small scale cinema in communities around West Lothian. You might be an organisation, team or group with ambition to show films in your town, or you might be an individual who’d like to see whether there’s demand for cinema nights. Alternatively you might have access to a room or venue looking to get more folk through your doors. Our new initiative PICTURE HOUSE is a risk free, supportive network that can offer training, guidance to navigate complicated insurance and licensing, films and equipment to start up your own community cinema. Please get in touch with us to discuss and click here for more details.



West Lothian Variety Shows

We are very pleased to report that following the success of our Livingston andBathgate variety shows last year we will be running these every other year in the same venues. That means 2021, 2023, and so on. Keep your eyes on the local press and on here at the start of each year for details on how to get tickets and on how to take part.

Celebrate talent of all ages from West Lothian at our Generation Arts Variety Shows. Young and old come together to present a wonderfully uplifting and happy afternoon of performances as people aged 13 to 75 sing, dance and play for your enjoyment. If you have a performing talent you’d like to share then contact us to take part. Many of the groups performing this afternoon are open to new members. These are ticketed shows for audiences and are help at Bathgate Regal and Livingston Howden Park Centre.

Read our recent Newsletter here.


West Lothian Variety Show,  Sunday 17th March – 2pm.

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***A Fizzy Vintage! ***

An exciting intergenerational dance project uniting two talented Scottish dance groups. Thanks to a grant from Young Start Fund Generation Arts  will unite two dance troups from Livingstone – Fizzy, made up of talented young people aged 12 to 17 and Vintage, a newly formed company of dancers aged 60 to 77, to become ‘A Fizzy Vintage’. Together they will create and perform an intergenerational dance piece which will premier at Howden Park Centre in March 2019, proving that there are no age barriers to creativity.

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “ I am delighted that Generation Arts Association will benefit as part of this investment, allowing young people to explore their passion for dance and performance, while making new connections with older people in their communities.”

***STONEYBURN STORIES – Voices from a Village Built on Coal***

View the book here STONEYBURN STORIES

The Stoneyburn Stories project aimed to save and pass on to future generations some of the important landmarks in Stoneyburn’s past. The project created a book (click on the link above) and a walking map highlighting ten locations throughout the village. View the walking map here Map Front and Back .

The Stoneyburn Heritage Group researched the history of the village for two years, gathering material and discussing the social history of the village. The Group worked with writer Andrew McCallum and artist Gordon Shaw, to create a series of illustrations and stories inspired by the ten selected locations in the town. The artists also visited the primary schools, to hear from pupils about their special places in Stoneyburn, and to help them write poems and create artworks inspired by those places.



A big thank you to everyone who came, took part and delivered the Day of Dance last October. There were 116 of us altogether. A special thanks to Scottish Ballet, Dance House, Dance Base and The Beacon, All or Nothing, Goat Media and dancers Sheena Byrne and Chris J Wilson for leading the workshops. And to Creative Scotland and West Lothian Council for their financial support.  We took lots of photos and made two short films of the day, which can be seen on our website.


Do you enjoy craft and arts activities in your free time and would you like to share your hobby with a housebound older person? Our friends at the Food Train West Lothian are piloting a volunteer scheme matching adults with a hobby with a housebound person, to provide company and activity. If you had a spare hour or two each week and your hobby is easily shared with another, please get in touch.



Huge congratulations and thanks to the members of the Bathgate dance class who have taken the decision to make a weekly donation so they can meet weekly. Well done to all involved, and remember…….keeeeeeeeep dancing.


Our artists training in dementia friendly practice is now available to book for arts organisations, or we hold a waiting list for individual artists wishing to join. If you are an artist, or arts organisation who would like to expand your knowledge and experience of working with people with dementia please contact us.

The day is for artists of all disciplines who would like to learn more about dementia, its forms and impacts. The morning session will give you an insight into dementia, the afternoon session will focus on how your creative practice can be delivered using the most dementia friendly approaches. The day includes guest speakers, practical examples and an opportunity to reflect on your own practice. Participants will receive a pack of materials which will encapsulate the days programme. This course is delivered on demand. For further information please contact the Coordinator.


Our database of artists is now available free of charge to all carers and care facilities. 30 artists at your finger tips, all with specialist skills in working with older people, including those with complex and challenging needs. For your free copy email us at

Each year we host a Celebration Day, bringing our participants from care settings together for an afternoon of arts workshops, professional performances, sharings of work and scones. What could be nicer. These photographs show what a great time we have.

This funny and poignant poem below was the result of the Creative Writing and Reminiscence workshop that ran during our 2012 Celebration Day. The poem was written by artist Emily Dodd, with contributions from members of the workshop.

These are the memories from Marion, Jane, Malcolm, Anne, Grace, Bill, Sib and Robert. 
I remember
I was the first teacher at Riverside Primary School.
I remember
Dancing the eightsome real in the hall.
I remember
We used to go down on a Saturday to buy paraffin. 
Me, my Mum, my Dad and my dog.
I remember
Every miner had a number. 
When you finished your shift you got your token out of the pit heid. 
I remember
You got a threepennie piece for pocket money. 
You could get a lot with that, back then.
I remember
The bombs were falling..
I remember 
“What the hell are you going to do with that hand grenade?”
And I said.. “Get some fish!”
I remember
The steam trains. 
The kiddies loved-em. 
The steam used to go all over them.
I remember
Gala Day. 
You had a ribbon taped around your neck with a tinnie, hanging… 
for your milk when you got to the park.
Memories are for remembering.