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Haulage firm flying the flag for Paisley 2021 with truck

A Renfrewshire-based distribution company will be flying the flag for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid – after revealing a branded truck and trailer.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Councillor Iain Nicolson
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Hillington-based Gordon Leslie Group provide distribution and storage services throughout the UK and beyond, and joins a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should Paisley’s bid be successful.

And new Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson – also the chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – paid the company a visit to see the truck and trailer – covered in colourful 2021 branding – for himself.

Paisley is bidding for the title as part of a wider push to use the area’s unique cultural and heritage offer to transform its future.

The town’s initial bid was submitted in April and competition organisers at the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport are due to announce the shortlist for the second stage over the summer.

To date the Paisley 2021 bid has been backed by almost 200 local firms – including internationally-important names Glasgow Airport, intu Braehad and WH Malcolm.

There has also been support from Coats PLC – which started life in the town and remains the world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer – and whisky giant Diageo, who bottle 30% of the world’s Scotch from their Shieldhall base.

Councillor Nicolson said: “The UK City of Culture bid has already taken awareness of what Paisley has to offer to a new level. No matter what happens next, that will bring new visitors and investment into the area for local businesses to feed off.

“Should the bid be successful, there would be even more economic opportunity and thousands of new jobs for Renfrewshire, as well as all the social benefits from creating opportunities for people to get involved in cultural activity.

“We are fortunate to be home to large employers such as Gordon Leslie Group – we are delighted they have thrown their support behind the bid and it’s great to think the truck and trailer will be spreading a bit of Paisley on its travels.”

Gordon Leslie Group is a second-generation family business, which has been based in Renfrewshire almost 50 years.

Managing director Craig Leslie said: “The firm was started by my father and has been in Renfrewshire since the 1970s – first at Abbotsinch Industrial Estate, then Linwood, and now Hillington.

“Paisley 2021 is a fantastic opportunity to put the area back on the map and will provide a much-needed boost for local businesses in terms of attracting investment and creating jobs.

“We are behind what the bid is trying to achieve and I would call on other businesses to consider how they could get involved and help promote the town.”

You can see the Paisley 2021 business wall and find out more about the bid at paisley2021.co.uk

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Frightened Rabbit and RSNO among headliners for Paisley’s Spree festival

The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie actFrightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey.

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The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Frightened Rabbit will be the latest in a line of Scottish bands to team up with the orchestra in the stunning setting of the 850-year-old Abbey on 17 October for a show which has been a highlight of previous Sprees.

Much of the action will take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town centre, which will host trad acts Dougie MacLean and Canada’s De Temps Antan (18 Oct), Breabach, Kris Drever and Talisk (20 Oct), plus Sharon Shannon and Fara(15 Oct).

Paisley Arts Centre will welcome Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert (15 Oct) and a gathering of artists from the Lost Map record label, curated by The Pictish Trail (22 Oct).

The festival will have a strong international feel with an Americana night boasting Boston’s Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and opened by England’s Yola Carter, named UK Artist of the Year at the 2017 American Music Association UK Awards.

Specially-commissioned shows in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid include:

– an opening night concert where three Scottish acts – Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon – and from India – Smita Bellur, Asin Khan Langa and Sawai Khan – weave together traditional music from both countries. The same show will also open the prestigious Rajastan International Folk Festival a week before;

– a show celebrating Paisley’s untold story featuring and curated by acclaimed songwriter James Grant;

– a literary celebration at a Banks Supper night inspired by Iain Banks’ novel Espedair Street, about a rock band from the town, featuring award-winning author Alan Bissett;

Tickets for all shows will be available from thespree.co.uk from 9am on Wednesday 21 June.

The line-up was announced on Radio Scotland tonight by Vic Galloway, who will broadcast his radio show before a live audience in the town during the festival, as will his BBC colleague Janice Forsyth.

There remains one major headline act still to be announced, with Paisley music fans encouraged to keep their eyes on the Spree social media channels as it is one they won’t want to miss.

The Spree will also feature two comedy nights in conjunction with the Gilded Balloon, as well as film events and songwriting workshops, while unsigned musical talent will be given a showcase through the nightly Danny Kyle Open Stage run by Celtic Music Radio.

The festival sees the return of the ever-popular ModStuff celebration of all things Mod run by LNP Promotions – headlined byThe Style Councillors and taking over The Spiegeltent on the final Saturday.

Paisley Town Hall will also host award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew’s BREWBAND, fusing together indie-rock music and dance.

There will be plenty for kids too, with the National Theatre of Scotland bringing their Rocket Post show to town, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, while the Big Telly Theatre Company present Operation Paisley – Alien Pursuit, an interactive, town-wide treasure hunt for kids.

A full programme of free children’s shows taking place over the October school holidays is still to be announced.

The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council and programmed by Active Events.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “The Spree festival is the one of the flagship dates on Paisley’s current events calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years.

“In the year we are bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 it is fitting the Spree bill manages at once to be outward-looking and internationally-flavoured, yet also unmistakeably Paisley – showcasing the town’s unique story and giving a platform to some of our fantastic local talent.

“The event again shows Paisley’s ability to host large-scale events featuring some of Scotland’s finest talent, and will attract fans from throughout the country to our unique town centre venues.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using the town’s unique heritage and cultural story and was lodged with the UK government in April, with a decision expected over which places make the shortlist this summer.

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2017 Shortlist Revealed

The ten Shortlisted albums for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award were revealed this evening at a special BBC Music Day programming of the BBC Radio Scotland Quay Sessions.

2016 SAY winner Anna Meredith pictured in Paisley

The selected albums continue to confirm Scotland as a nation with incredible cultural importance, especially within music.

Last year’s SAY Award winner Anna Meredith visited the town of Paisley, host to this year’s SAY Award ceremony earlier today where she was greeted with a giant SAY Award logo outside Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

The SAY Award 2017 Shortlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

C Duncan The Midnight Sun

Ela Orleans Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell

Honeyblood Babes Never Die

Konx-om-Pax Caramel

Meursault I Will Kill Again

Mogwai Atomic

Pictish Trail Future Echoes [Public Vote Winner]

Rachel Newton Here’s My Heart Come Take It

RM Hubbert Telling The Trees

Sacred Paws Strike A Match


The public can listen to and learn more about each album on The SAY Award Shortlist by visiting www.sayaward.com 

Beginning in March, the process has taken almost 300 public submissions, to 20 Longlisted records, chosen by a panel of 100 impartial nominators, to the Shortlist of 10 albums; one of which was chosen by the public through a 72-hour online vote and the other 9 chosen by an independent panel of judges. This year’s shortlisted artists have each won £1,000, provided by long-term award partner Creative Scotland.  In addition to this, each artist will be awarded with an exclusively designed trophy created by the winner of  The SAY Design Commission, Lisa Crockard.

The 72-hour voting window, which closed at midnight on Wednesday, saw Pictish Trail being voted on to the shortlist by the public.

Johnny Lynch, who goes under the guise of Pictish Trail said; “Wow.  Surprised, confused, humbled and mildly aroused to have won the popular vote for the Scottish Album Of The Year Shortlist.  Thank you to all those that voted for Future Echoes, and to all those who forgot to vote but who would have voted for a different album.  I couldn’t have done it without you. “

Judges include Stuart Cosgrove (Writer/Broadcaster), Caroline Winn (Glasgow International), Roland Gulliver (Edinburgh International Book Festival), Amy Liptrot (Writer), Claire Gevaux (Help Musicians UK), Tallah Brash (The Skinny), Lauren Martin (Music Journalist), Andy Hannah (Line Of Best Fit), David Scott (University of the West of Scotland), Barry Price (Sub Club), Stephanie McWhinnie (TV Producer), John Williamson [CHAIR] (Glasgow University).

Composer and performer Anna Meredith also joined the show sharing news of her year since winning the coveted SAY Award for her album ‘Varmints’ in 2016.

The SAY Award winner will be announced on June 28th in the elegant surroundings of Paisley Town Hall in support of  Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize also provided by Creative Scotland.

 The SAY Award is produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), in partnership with Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021,Creative Scotland, Black Bottle, TicketWeb and PPL. The award, which was launched in 2012, celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums released each year. Respected by artists and valued by the industry, The SAY Award is responsible for a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media. Previous SAY Award winners are Anna Meredith (2016), Kathryn Joseph (2015), Young Fathers (2014), RM Hubbert (2013) and Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012).

Andy Hannah, SAY Award Judge and Journalist for The Line Of Best Fit said: “It’s clear from previous winners that SAY award and the judges have chosen records which absolutely deserve all the plaudits which came their way before and after. It also brings vital, beautiful pieces of music to a wider audience – which can only be a good thing. As for this year, creating a shortlist isn’t any easy task when there are a number of records to get excited about. For me, it’s an honour to get to champion a handful of albums which have improved my life in the past 12 months.”

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: “On behalf of the Scottish Music Industry Association, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to the 10 fantastic albums that have been Shortlisted for this year’s SAY Award. The Shortlist, without doubt highlights the strength and diversity of the recorded output of our country’s artists, and we look forward to celebrating all 10 titles at The SAY Award ceremony later this month, where this year’s winner will be revealed.”

Jean Cameron, project director of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, said: “Once again, the SAY Award shortlist shows the diversity and quality of Scotland’s music scene and we can’t wait to welcome the acts on the shortlist to Paisley Town Hall later this month for the ceremony itself.

We are delighted to be the SAY Award hosts for another year – not only does it show off Paisley’s unique venues and ability to host, but to have attracted one of the most prestigious dates in Scotland’s musical calendar to the town is a real thumbs-up for Paisley’s growing reputation as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, said: “One of the best things about the SAY Award Shortlist is that, year after year, it encourages music fans to take their ears into another territory and listen to something they haven’t heard before. Other awards can only look on in envy as the SAY Award puts traditional harp and flamenco-hued guitar next to thunderous power-pop and soundscape electronica, in the full knowledge that every album here is absolutely worthy of your undivided attention. All of these acts either put their own distinctive stamp on their chosen genre or bend the rules out of shape to create music that’s thrillingly hard to define. Creative Scotland is proud to support a shortlist that’s as uniformly great as this.” 

Emma Casey, Global Marketing Manager for Black Bottle, said: “We’re delighted to be an official partner of The SAY Award this year. We’re proud of our roots in Scotland and passionate about doing things differently, so it’s great to celebrate the work of these talented Scottish musicians who have all created their own unique sounds”

Jonathan West, Director of Marketing & Artist Services, TicketWeb, said: “I really didn’t know how the panel were going to get the shortlist down this year. It’s really cool that the public have nominated Pictish Trail. He’s become a real icon of Scottish music over the last decade so it’s beautiful to see there’s still a place in the hearts of music fans for him. Bring on the ceremony, we can’t wait to be back in Paisley!” 

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive, PPL, said: For decades, Scotland has been a thriving hotbed of musical talent, nurturing artists as diverse and varied as Orange Juice, Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura right through to Biffy Clyro, Chvrches and Young Fathers.  This is why, at PPL, we think it is vitally important to continue our partnership supporting the SAY Awards, an event that recognises and puts on a spotlight on some of the best music coming out of Scotland.” 

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Groups in line to benefit from £83k culture fund boost

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The latest set of groups hoping to benefit from a £1m fund aimed at boosting Paisley’s creative scene ahead of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid have been named.

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Councillors will next week be asked to approve a £83,130 spend from Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, to allow 13 different cultural and charity groups to run various arts-related projects.

The CHE Fund was set up to help unlock Renfrewshire’s creative potential in the run-up to and during the Paisley 2021 bid, increase the number of people involved in cultural activity, and show the contribution culture can make to quality of life.

This will be the fourth round of funding since the CHE Fund was set up – and saw 35 applications and a total ask of more than £300,000 for the judges to sift through.

Projects recommended for approval include:
– £2,650 to fund a pop-up one-day African film festival in the town;
– £5,000 to host the launch of the 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival in Paisley this October, including an exclusive spoken-word event;
– £11,900 to St Matthew’s Church to run a competition to create and screen a series of silent movies as part of the above festival;
– £5,000 for Paisley Thread Mill Museum to run an outreach project and oral history programme to capture the memories of mill workers for future generations;
– £10,000 to Serious Events Ltd to fund a week-long residency in Paisley for musicians at which they will develop new work to be toured around the UK;
– £9,900 to Erskine Music and Media Studio – recent winners of the 2017 Young Scot Award for Enterprise – to produce an album of local unsigned bands.

There are also smaller grants to local groups for projects including creative writing workshops and traditional music lessons in the community.

The CHE Fund was created in early 2016, with the initial £500,000 investment doubled by Renfrewshire Council earlier this year.

Should the latest round of grants be rubber-stamped by members of the council’s Leadership Board when they meet on 20 June, it would mean a total of £469,961had been awarded to 65 projects so far.

Some of the projects supported to date include Paisley First’s gable-end art murals now appearing around the town, and teenage Kilbarchan animator Morgan Spence’s incredible Paisley 2021 Lego movie, seen by millions of people around the world.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board Iain Nicolson said: “We know Renfrewshire has a wealth of talent and creativity to call on – and this fund is aimed at helping create a platform for that, while also showing Renfrewshire’s ability to stage nationally-significant events.

“As with every CHE Fund round to date, the number of applications far exceeded the money available, and the judges had a tough job to whittle down some great applications and choose who would be funded.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider body of work to use the area’s outstanding culture and heritage to change its future.

“That includes economic benefits in terms of using our great heritage and events to bring people here and make Renfrewshire a key destination for tourism.

“But it also means huge community benefit by creating opportunities for people to get involved in things they may not normally have had the chance to do – and I am pleased to see projects on this list which offer that.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 was lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in April, and a decision over which places have made the shortlist is expected this summer.

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Paisley 2021 computer game by WCS students is ‘roaring’ success

Teams of students at West College Scotland have taken inspiration from Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 by creating special computer games based around the town’s cultural and heritage story.

Winning West College Scotland Paisley 2021 game Pride of the Lions by team BARDS

HNC Games Development students were tasked with creating the Paisley 2021-themed games as part of their graded unit and had just over 10 weeks to program, develop and design them before being put to the test by local primary school pupils.

Team BARDS, from left, David Cavana, 18, Adam Dickinson, 24, Ryan Duffy, 22, and Samuel Burrows, 25

Forty-four pupils from Lochfield Primary School were given the first chance to try out the 12 games and grade their favourite during a special afternoon at West College Scotland.

Lochfield Primary pupils enjoy their day playing games at WCS

The games were marked on their originality, graphics, sound and gameplay with the pupils awarding first prize to ‘Pride of the Lions’ by team BARDS.

Inspired by the Pride of Paisley public art trail, the game allows players to take control of colourful Paisley lions and compete against each other at various landmarks around the town.

The winning team was comprised of Ryan Duffy, 22, Samuel Burrows, 25, David Cavana, 18, Adam Dickinson, 24, and Ben Cunningham, 18, who were thrilled to scoop the top prize.

Project manager Ryan Duffy said: “We’re delighted to be chosen as the favourite game by the Lochfield Primary School pupils. Working together as a team really helped us to get the best out of each other and produce a game that’s fun and looks good visually.

“We wanted to make a fun game that reflected Paisley so we thought ‘what about the Paisley lions?’. We thought a multiplayer game featuring the lions inspired by the ‘Pride of Paisley’ art project would go down well with the children and we’re glad our hard work has paid off.”

The team took photographs of the town’s famous landmarks to feature them in various gameplay modes, as well as creating over a dozen patterns for players to choose for their lion.

BARDS are now looking at the possibility of entering the game into competitions and hope it will promote Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Ryan added: “We’re looking at various ways in which we can take the game forward and there are a number of competitions that we’re looking at the possibility of entering it into.

“We hope that the game can help raise awareness of Paisley 2021 and showcase the town as it bids to be UK City of Culture.”

West College Scotland have been running the games competition with Lochfield Primary School for the past seven years and Games Development lecturer David Renton believes the experience is great for both students and school pupils.

David, who has been nominated for the BAFTA Young Game Designer Mentor Award for 2017, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had 44 children in from Lochfield Primary School playing the games that the HNC class have created over the past 10 weeks.

“We set them the theme of Paisley 2021 and there were some games that really captured the imagination. The winning team and some of the runners-up had some great artwork that really incorporated Paisley and I think the kids really enjoyed it.

““We’ve been doing this with Lochfield Primary School for the past seven years and having the school pupils come in makes it real for our students. They have a client that they are actually making the game for and it makes them realise just how much the kids enjoy it when they come in to play it.”

Marie Renton, Depute Head at Lochfield Primary School, said: “Our P6 and P6/7 pupils really enjoyed working with the Games students from WCS this year. They collaborated together at the start of the project when the college students shared their game ideas with our pupils. Our pupils then gave feedback and even helped with some of the artwork.

“This year we chose the Paisley theme as we are all very enthusiastic to get behind the Paisley 2021 bid. We have a great partnership with WCS and both sides benefit from this ongoing link.”

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Paisley artist begins work on next Paisley First mural at Lady Lane

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has been chosen to take charge of the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

Kevin’s design was judged to have met the brief for the wall at the side of the Co-op Funeralcare premises and perfectly encapsulated the spirit and tone that the wall owners were looking for.

The concept incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said:” Kevin is a well-known and well respected artist in Paisley whose painted lions for the Pride of Paisley proved very popular thanks to the level of detail in his work.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing Kevin’s winning design come to life at Lady Lane.”

“It’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre and we hope this will encourage people to take a closer look at all Paisley has to offer.”

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare said: “We were delighted when our funeral home was identified as the next location for a mural and it’s been great to be involved with such an inspiring community project.”

‘’Community is at the heart of Co-op and we’re always happy to support such incredible local talent. The mural truly represents the roots of Paisley and we hope the residents are as pleased with it as we are.’’

Artist Kevin Cantwell, who has already commenced work at the site, said: “It feels great to be selected to complete the artwork for this mural.”

“It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really add to the vibrancy of the town.”

“It’s always great to see art bringing happiness to people and making them smile.”

The Paisley First Walls Series  is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these murals through the Culture Heritage and Events Fund. The project is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.”

“The existing murals are great examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings, and this design is another which helps show off Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike.”

This will be the fourth mural in the Paisley First Walls Series with the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street and Lawn Street already boasting artworks which are attracting visitors to the town.

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New funding plans revealed for £42m Paisley Museum revamp

A fresh set of funding plans have been unveiled to transform Paisley Museum into an international-class destination based around the town’s unique heritage story.

Councillors will next week be asked to approve a new approach to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £4.9m for the project, which aims to reconnect the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern with the town which gave it its name.

The latest application comes after a previous approach to HLF for £10m narrowly missed out in the latest, highly-competitive, UK-wide round of funding.

The project is a key part of a wider strategy to use Paisley’s unique heritage story to transform its future, including a bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The refreshed funding plans bring the total cost down to £42m from £49m, but retain the original vision of a visitor experience of international quality, hoped to more than triple current visitor numbers.

Renfrewshire Council has already set aside £24.1m from its own resources towards the revamp.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board will next week be asked to approve the new bid to HLF and the revised project timeline.

The previous £10m approach to HLF was one of 23 projects making up a £235m funding ask – the largest request for grants over £5m HLF had ever received – with only £40m available.

Paisley Museum made it on to a shortlist from which only four were funded – but earned praise from HLF bosses for its vision and quality.

The plans include an extension to the existing Victorian-era building, creating extra space for internationally-significant exhibits including the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls.

The proposed timeline remains the same – the museum would close in summer 2018 and reopen in 2022. Work to involve the local community in creating the content of the new museum would feature strongly in any UK City of Culture 2021 programme.

The museum revamp is closely linked to other investment in Paisley’s cultural infrastructure – work is well under way on £3.7m plans to create a publicly-accessible museum store on the town’s high street, to house items not on display in the main museum, due to be complete by end 2017.

Construction is also set to start this year on a new learning and cultural hub in a vacant high-street unit, creating a new modern and accessible facility and allowing the town’s lending library to move from its current home next to the museum.

The museum, store and library will all be operated by Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Our revised plans for Paisley Museum retain our ambition of an international-class museum for Renfrewshire.

“While we are disappointed the previous application to HLF was not a success, the feedback made clear the application was of high quality and had no weaknesses.

“In the end we were extremely unlucky to miss out in an unusually-competitive round of funding at a time where available money was very tight.

“However the important point is we now have a viable set of refreshed funding plans which can still deliver a project meeting the original aims.

“The museum project is one of several which will help bring new life and footfall into our town centres – helping create a new type of town centre economy and boosting local trade, while also capitalising on everything Renfrewshire has to offer and making the area a key destination for heritage tourism.”

Members of the Leadership Board will consider the new funding plans when they meet on 20 June.

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Be part of a new show – Seraphina calls for a chorus

In October 2017 a new theatre show is coming to Paisley by conFAB productions and they are looking for people from Renfrewshire to join in. 

Women from all ages (16 plus) and backgrounds are invited to join part of a large chorus in conFAB’s new show Seraphina as part of the Paisley 2021 programme. Applications to join in close on Saturday 19 August.

The commitment is weekly rehearsals from August (20th) to October 2017 with the live show from 31 October – 4 November 2017.

Director Rachel Jury comments: “We are hoping that many females from Paisley will want to be part of our new show. To sing, laugh, share connections and most importantly have fun. It is a large scale multi-art form theatre production combining community and professional performers, singers and musicians.

The Paisley Witches Trails act as a starting point in this exploration of femininity, why femininity is feared and what the power of femininity can contribute to the world. It’s going to be phenomenal.” 

To apply contact Rachel Jury:  admin@confab.org.uk

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Renfrewshire school kids welcome their Danish twins

It was lights, camera, action this week for young people at Renfrew High as their peers from Denmark visited on a film-making camp.

34 pupils from Skovbrynet School in Gladsaxe, which is twinned with Paisley, met their Scottish counterparts as part of visit to enhance their global learning activities.

The pupils worked together to create a documentary which will help aid learning at the Danish school through a variety of interviews- which were conducted in English to aid the Danish pupils’ language skills.

Following their visit to the school, the pupils had the opportunity to explore their twin town of Paisley before Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron hosted a civic reception for the guests at Lapwing Lodge.

After their visit to Paisley, the school will continue on to Perthshire giving them the chance to experience some of the beautiful Scottish scenery while completing further filming in Blairgowrie

Provost Cameron said: “I am delighted to further our international links by welcoming the students from Gladsaxe to Paisley.

“It’s fantastic for our young people to meet their counterparts from Denmark and discover alternative ways of learning from different cultures.

“Part of our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 involves illustrating the breadth of our culture and our town twinning links are an important part of showcasing our inclusivity.

“We will continue to build on the strong relationship we have developed with Gladsaxe which has already enhanced the learning experiences of our children in Renfrewshire.”

In 1957, the Boys Brigade from Paisley made contact with the FDF Gladsaxe Brass Band in the Danish city and the following year the first school exchange was established between the two areas.

Despite these lengthy links, it was only in 1990 that Paisley and Gladsaxe were officially named twin towns.

Jakob Sundman, Skovbrynet Deputy Head, said: “We were very much looking forward to our visit to Paisley.

“The purpose of our visit is to learn from the Scottish school system, to experience how it is for students to attend school in Scotland and to be curious about how it is to live in another country- but at the same time discover all the things that we have in common.

“We are always looking for partners to exchange learning and education and we hope this visit will be the start of a fruitful relationship with Renfrew High School.”

Paisley has further twin town links with Fürth in Germany and visits have been exchanged between the two towns since its official twinning in 1969.

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Made in the Mill – Community group inspires next Paisley First mural

Work on the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series is underway in the town’s Lawn Street thanks to the creativity of one of the town’s community groups.

Made in the Mill worked with Paisley based artist Duncan Wilson to create a design concept which raises awareness of mental health.

The group, an artists’ collective based in Mile End Mill Paisley and supported by the NHS, works with artists who use art and creativity as part of their recovery.

Sarah Grant, Creative Arts Co-ordinator with the NHS Network Service, who supports

Made in the Mill, said: “The mural was designed to represent recovery and the clients involved liked the symbolic image of ‘getting your head above the clouds’.

The words ‘and breathe’ were chosen as a relaxing, open message about wellbeing which could apply to everyone.”

Artist Duncan Wilson said: “It’s great to be part of Paisley First’s Walls series and I’d just like to thank the participants of Made in the Mill for their creativity and input into developing this mural, it has been a pleasure working with them.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “It’s really important that community groups are involved in these projects; these murals are for the people of Paisley, by the people of Paisley.”

“This is just one of a number of projects aimed at getting local people actively involved in what’s happening in their home town.”

This is the third Paisley First mural with two other murals on the town’s Storie Street and Johnston Street also attracting visitors to the town.

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “The existing murals already make wonderful additions to the town centre and we are delighted to have helped Paisley First fund this great project.

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid is to create opportunities to harness the power of culture makes people’s lives better – involvement in cultural activity has a proven impact on health and well-being.

“For this latest mural to be raising awareness of mental health issues is a perfect way to bring that message to life.”

After Lawn Street, work on the fourth mural will get underway at Lady Lane with the winning design for this location, which was open to Renfrewshire’s creative community, due to be announced shortly.