Fablevision is based in Glasgow with a remit to support the development of cultural planning in Scotland.
We fulfil our remit by creating projects that demonstrate the added value of creative approaches in policy and planning: projects that engage, involve, train and provide employment opportunities for the hardest to reach and furthest from the workplace.
Fablevision’s impact, therefore, is principally in employability:
– reaching hard to reach 16–25-year-olds (and older, disadvantaged unemployed people).
– developing skills for employment, planning and policy within marginalised communities.
Learners bring their own skills and gain new ones through training and work experience delivered “on the job” in real-life cultural community projects. The projects/commissions/collaborations/partnership projects the charity creates are the “curriculum” for the learners, covering all aspects of creative industry skills. The mentors and guides are the staff and creative practitioners employed by our trading arm, StudioFV (formerly Fablevision Studios).
StudioFV is a cultural social enterprise. It delivers in-work training, film, design photography and social media services for the charity but it is set up to seek external/commercial video and multi-media contracts, and to deliver multi-media training/work experience for long term unemployed young people on live commercial contracts.
It is customary for volunteers and trainees, who have come through our doors, to be employed later in a freelance or contract capacity, which also involves imparting best practice and skills to the latest trainees/volunteers.
All profits from StudioFV Ltd are channelled back to the parent charity to help sustain its charitable work.
Fablevision started in 1984 with the launch of an arts and disability project – Birds of Paradise – now in its third decade. This was followed by place and community-based initiatives such as Royston Road, BoltFM, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 and Tapestry of Renfrewshire. More recently – and still with a distinct local focus – Fablevision has worked with like-minded European organisations on projects which have included: Riverside Solidarity, Memory of Water, Woven Network and the ErasmusPlus-funded Bridging Digital.