A youth arts project that explored and challenged sectarianism, racism, and bigotry will return following a successful pilot run.

The Pearce Institute in Govan has announced the return of Pride over Prejudice (POP) - a year-long programme. 

During 2024's programme, there will be weekly workshops for those aged nine to 16 in five areas of Glasgow.

These are Ibrox, Parkhead, Govan, Toryglen, and Maryhill.

Glasgow Times: The free 90-minute sessions will take place weekly

The project has secured three-year funding from the National Lottery’s Young Start programme.

Brendon McIlroy, the project director said: "Our pilot year of POP was a resounding success in every measurable way and it's safe to say we achieved a lot and reached a large number of young people.

"We thought it would be a shame to not to find a way for the project to continue and fortunately our funders National Lottery Communities Fund felt the same.

"Sectarianism is an issue that isn't going anywhere in Glasgow and projects like this are needed more than ever."

The free 90-minute sessions will be led by a range of arts tutors using drama, visual art, dance, and multimedia to defy and explore prejudices.

The project aims to use the arts to challenge prejudices, promote tolerance and understanding, improve mental and physical well-being, connect youths with their larger community, and help develop their confidence and life skills.

Mr McIlroy added: "This time around we’ll be working with multiple partners, looking not only at the issue of sectarianism but the wider issue of hate and intolerance, including homophobia, transphobia and religious intolerance.

"These were issues which our young people tackled maturely and vigorously during the process previously.

Glasgow Times: The sessions will be led by arts tutors   using drama, visual art, dance, and multimedia to defy

"We think it's important for our participants to engage in work which directly affects them."

The project was initiated following several sectarian incidents in Glasgow, notably the 2019 Govan riots.

Mr McIlroy said: "Our project is very much a non-didactic, early intervention where we will use the arts to combat sectarianism, racism, territorialism and all forms of division in society.

"We strongly believe that we can hit the ground running and deliver an innovative, accessible and impactful long-term project that is educational and impactful and ultimately a lot of fun for all involved."

For more information on Pride Over Prejudice or to reserve a free place- email The PI’s Education Coordinator stephanie.falls@pearceinstitute.org.uk.