Alongside running Watch This Space Productions Jay McAllister offers creative support to organisations.
Jay graduated with a degree in Community Arts from the University of Strathclyde in 2003. Beginning her career working with autistic adults. Jay's work focused on using creativity to manage stress, develop alternative forms of communication and reduce instances of challenging behaviour including self harm.
In 2006 Jay began working with children and young people developing creative activities focused on resilience, stress reduction and anger management. This work allowed Jay to develop creative support programmes for 8 to 18 year olds within primary and secondary education - pre the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.
In 2009, Jay joined the community arts charity Impact Arts leading their creative programmes nationally. Her role as Head of Delivery involved creating, developing and managing all flagship and bespoke creative programmes which focused on supporting people of all ages and backgrounds. The Impact Arts ethos of -using the arts to change lives is one which Jay strongly prescribes too.
As a trainer Jay has a range of experience in: managing challenging behaviour, autism awareness, creativity and stress reduction, developing resilience through play, mindfulness and stress reduction. Jay is an associate at Stan Godek Training and Consultancy. You can find out more about their work at stangodek.com
As a consultant Jay offers support to organisations and individuals creating high quality and engaging artistic opportunity across Scotland. Working with organisations from the public, private and third sector she offers bespoke creative solutions including - strategic development, creative engagement, funding strategy and application, artists mentoring programmes and CPD human relations training. Clients include Aberdeen Council Creative Learning Team, Children In Scotland, Previously...Scotland’s History Festival and Stan Godek and Associates.
As facilitator Jay delivers a range of creative workshops with a focus on engagement in the arts . With a background in community arts and specifically in theatre and performance Jay has over 15 years experience working with people of all ages across a range of communities. Jay has specific experiance working with young people from hard to reach backgrounds and those with ASD. Clients have included Scottish Autism, LGBTQ Youth, The Edinburgh Mela and NHS Forth and Valley.
As a producer Jay works with creatives including writers, stand up’s, animators, costume designers and actors to create innovative work for stage and screen. Jay is experienced in producing both static and touring performances.
If you would like to find out more about our consultancy and facilitation work please do get in touch via our contacts page.