A MULTI-award winning arts charity is aiming to breathe new life into towns in Inverclyde after receiving £20,000 worth of funding.

RIG Arts is working with community councils across the district and recently held workshops to find out what people would like to see in Gourock as part of a three-year project.

The Community Informed Output programme will also take in Greenock and Port Glasgow.

Ideas are now being sought from local people with a view to spending up to £5,000 on individual arts projects.

Susan Ingram, pictured, who owns Crafty Sew and So in Gourock, said: "I think it will be really good - getting people engaged and trying to get everyone together.

"We were looking at doing something social. We're looking at something community based that will span the generations.

"I think bringing everyone together is a good idea."

Laurie Duffy, engagement officer with RIG Arts, said: "The community will be able to shape how that money is spent.

"We are working with community councils and organisations who are embedded in the area.

"They can chose what they want, whether it be public art, workshops or events.

"We have ran a series of scoping workshops with Gourock but these will also be run in Greenock and Port Glasgow.

"We will gather these ideas and put it to a public vote for potential works.

"We are contacting groups, including libraries and Your Voice to generate more ideas and we also have a steering group to come up with final projects."

Laurie added: "The funding can be used flexibly with, for example,  £2,000 being used for one project and £5,000 for another."