RESURGENCE: This Is a Creative Inquiry


The RESURGENCE digital portfolio contains the multiple works designed and made by three collectives of young artists; outlines of the various training and learning opportunities that were interlaced throughout the project for Scottish Youth Theatre core staff, Board, Trainees, Creative Collaborators, young artist participants and project partners; and reflections on the project's immediate impact and future planning for the company and the arts sector.  


RESURGENCE was a Scottish and international creative inquiry into the public concern of inequality, to support the recovery and renewal of youth arts provision as it emerged from the confines of the pandemic. Spearheaded by three Revolution Collectives of young artists and one Evolution Collective of creative professionals, RESURGENCE gathered evidence, gave testimony and made recommendations in artistic form, for greater equity in the arts and wider society.

The foundations of RESURGENCE were rooted in anti-racism and activism, emotional health and wellbeing, equity and social justice. This was an intersectional collaboration.

Working in partnership with Intercultural Youth Scotland, Pure Potential Scotland, International Teaching Artist Collaborative, The Indra Congress and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, RESURGENCE was layered with artistic opportunity, learning and training, international collaboration and public platforms for the growth and transformation of the sector. Find out more about the project partners and their working practices below:





Intercultural Youth Scotland encourage a collective action of less heard intercultural voices in Scotland, creating social impact and justice. They broaden horizons and offer direct, specialist support and vital pathways for Scottish intercultural young people who face barriers to success. 

Pure Potential Scotland are the Wellbeing Specialists for Scottish Youth Theatre. Since the partnership was established in 2019, they have provided workshops on mental health, wellbeing and resilience, as well as 1-2-1 therapeutic sessions for young artists participating in Scottish Youth Theatre's programmes.

With 20 years experience in wellbeing and suicide intervention, Pure Potential Scotland creatively facilitates positive change through 1-2-1 Therapy and Workshops, CCT Suicide Therapy, Supervision, Movement Medicine and Research and Consultancy. Their work is individually tailored and responsive to the individuals’ wellbeing needs, supporting the transformation of negative and outdated emotional, mental and behavioural patterns. Through this specialised support, individuals gain the means to integrate the body, heart and mind, restoring them to their internal resources and enabling them to be all of who they truly are, reconnecting to others and the world around them. 

Read more about Pure Potential Scotland and their partnership with Scottish Youth Theatre here

The International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC) is the first worldwide network of artists who work in community and educational settings. Through international conferences, projects, and social media, this Collaborative builds a global community, cultivating excellence in teaching artistry. The ITAC Collaborative creates connectivity, visibility, stature, support, and value for participatory artistic practice across the world.

ITAC practice is known by different names in different countries (teaching artist, socially engaged artist, participatory artist etc.) but always centres on artists participating directly with non-artists to activate their innate creative potential. This accomplishes many goals: from making communities more liveable to boosting school achievement, from increasing health outcomes to addressing intractable social and organisational problems. ITAC brings together practitioners from all over the world to meet, discuss and evolve our practice. 

The ITAC vision is a world where every country has artists working in the heart of communities and schools, where these artists are continually improving, internationally connected, and well supported, and where the transformative power of teaching artistry is visible and valued.

The Indra Congress mission is to empower young people to use the creative arts in order to make changes in the world. Over the past 15 years, inspired by the image of Indra’s net – a powerful metaphor for mutuality and interdependence – they have developed a network of young people, artists, academics, educators and others around the world who share a commitment to developing the arts as a vital resource to help young people build personal resilience and effect change in their societies.

The Indra Congress currently has partners across the UK in Plymouth, Burnley, Rochdale, Trafford (Manchester), Cornwall and Derry. Internationally Indra has partners in Palestine, South Africa, Sierra Leone, India, Brazil, Nigeria, Greece, Tunisia, Canada and Malta.



Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is the national development body for the youth theatre sector in Scotland. They encourage ambition, innovation and progression for practitioners who use drama and performance in their work with young people, supporting inspiring experiences for young people by connecting and training those who work with them.


Discover more about the project team behind RESURGENCE: Revolution Collectives.



RESURGENCE is supported by Creative Scotland's Youth Arts Targeted Fund.

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