Arts in the Community

Read a little more about our community projects

You Are Boundless

As many of us are choosing or advised to keep staying at home we have developed some arts projects to create and connect in new ways. We’ve called them Boundless, as even in times of isolation our imaginations have no limits. Read on…

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The first projects are; Holler make a postcard, send a postcard, receive a postcard. Create whatever takes your fancy on the back; maybe a poem, drawing, doodle, short story, stitch, collage, or print? There is no wrong response. Cookbook stuffed with your recipes, memories and responses to your favourite dishes. Beautifully printed, all participants will receive their own copy. Flickerbook with guidance from us take just one photo. We will merge the photos from participants in a flip book that, when seen together, create a dance. Record Collection a gather up of songs that lift us, bring comfort, joy or kinship, and your associations with the songs you suggest. Keeping music making in our lives this collection will create a lockdown songbook, playlist and hopefully some recordings of your voice too.

We hope you will be part of all, one, or some of the Boundless projects. Once you are on our mailing list we will post you an invitation as each project begins. Please write, call or text us to be included. We promise not to send you any other mail. Taking part in Boundless is free, there’s no need to live in West Lothian and you most definitely do not need the internet or a smart phone to take part. Our artists and volunteers will guide you along the way.

Boundless is supported by Foundation Scotland.

Classes – Current Update, 2020

All our in person community classes are cancelled until guidelines allow. However we are running one weekly dance class and one weekly song class on Zoom. You are most welcome to attend. As with our face to face classes this costs £4 per week which helps to pay for the class facilitator. Please email us on generationarts.coordinator@gmail.com to arrange to ‘come along’ to our online classes.

In the meantime do take very good care of yourselves and we’ll see each and every one of you in person as soon as it’s possible. Please check here, or on our Facebook page for any updates.

With love from us all at Generation Arts.

Normal Weekly Schedule

Silver Tones – Monday’s at 1.15. Royal British Legion, Bathgate

Bathgate Dance – Friday’s at 10.30. St Mary’s Church Hall, Bathgate

Livingston Dance  – Thursday’s at 11.30. Craigsfarm Community Hub, Livingston

Vintage  – Thursday’s at 12.45. Craigsfarm Community Hub, Livingston

Further details on each class below.  Classes cost £4 to attend. Where you attend more than one weekly class the second class is charged at £3.


Vintage  – Intermediate Dance Class

Thursdays 12.45 to 1.45. £4  per class. Craigsfarm, Livingston EH54 5BP. For those that are ready to take their dance to the next level, improve technique and creative skills. This class will lead regularly to a performance.


Silver Tones – Bathgate singing group 

1.15pm at The Royal British Legion, 50 North Bridge St, Bathgate EH48 4PL

£4  per class.

A singing group for people age 50 and up, in Bathgate. Hour long classes run every week except during school holidays. Singing can be energising, uplifting and great fun. No musical experience is necessary to take part. If you can hum, you can sing! There are opportunities to sing out in the community for those that wish and you will find the group very friendly and welcoming.


Generation Dance – Bathgate and Livingston

We run two community dance clubs for anyone over 60 years, in Livingston and Bathgate. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Regardless of your mobility, independence and experience, come along, try us out and tell your friends. All classes include seated options for those with walking aids. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to both watch and learn from visiting and local dance tutors, travel through central Scotland to see other elder dance groups, opportunities to perform (not mandatory!) and to take part in other local arts activities. Contact us for more information or pop along to see for yourself.

Generation Dance (Bathgate) This group meets every Friday at 10.30am at St Mary’s Hall, Livery Street, EH48 4HS. Fed up meeting only twice a month, and with long breaks, participants volunteered to make a £4 weekly contribution which enables them to meet almost every week of the year. Let’s get dancing! 

Generation Dance (Livingston) based at Craigsfarm, Livingston EH54 5BP.  A friendly and fun group for over 60’s on Thursday mornings at 11.30 am. Well established, the group has been running for over 10 years. They have been meeting weekly for almost two years thanks to the £4 weekly contribution per participant. 


For information on any of our activities please contact us on 07521 358 239 or by email: generationarts.coordinator@gmail.com

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