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Visible Fictions performance for Paisley Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary

In celebration of Paisley Arts Centre turning 30, Visible Fictions return to their Paisley roots to present a new site-specific piece at Paisley Central Library.  

Visible Fictions have been producing award winning creative experiences for young people since 1991 and it all started in Paisley Arts Centre where Visible Fictions had their first home. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, touring the world and redefining what theatre is and where it can happen.

This November Visible Fictions are very excited to present a new experience in Paisley Central Library.  The Hidden is a dramatic, participatory event involving a series of complex clues, codes and puzzles designed to take the audience on a journey of discovery.  

Someone has gone missing but have they left messages behind?  Hidden in books, written on index cards, scribbled on the back of an old photograph; there is a mystery waiting to be solved.  

Played out in Paisley Central Library, your task is to piece the story together using all the clues you can find, but should you share your theory or keep it to yourself?

Work as a team to rewrite the history books, just be careful which path you chose to go down . . .  

The Hidden is a dramatic, interactive experience for small groups of adults and teenagers.  The participants will work as a team to make sense of clues and come up with their own theory to solve the mystery.  

Douglas Irvine, Artistic Director comments “Creating this dramatic experience has been both thrilling and challenging, there are many complexities, twists and turns and we can’t wait to see the decisions our audiences take.  Presenting this new piece in Paisley means a lot to our company and we are thrilled to be premiering this unusual performance in the town. “   

View the trailer here – https://vimeo.com/231564915

To book tickets  – www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts or call 0300 300 1210

For further information please contact Sophie Ochojna, Marketing and Development Manager, Visible Fictions sophie@visiblefictions.co.uk or call 0141 221 8727.

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Artists greet Spree festival goers with colourful large scale art project

Local artists are putting their own stamp on the Spree Festival with a project to decorate the famous Spiegeltent venue.

Sign writers and a graffiti artist are working on a series of hoardings at County Square.

Artists Rachael Millar and Karina Duncan spruce up The Spree with their amazing hand painted signs around the famous Speigletent Paisley Spree 14th October 2017

Rachel Millar, whose signage work has been championed by Paisley star Paolo Nutini , says  it’s one of the biggest scale projects she’s ever worked on.

Rachel, who also created one of the art works which fronted the official documents for the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid, said: “We’ve made great progress.

“The sheer scale of it was quite hard and it was tricky to put up the big massive bits of paper but we hope people will love the end result.”

This year’s artwork was inspired by circus poster from the 1920s and 1930s and the baroque artwork of the wood and canvas Spiegeltent itself.

Festival goers are being greeted by a seven metre sign reading  ‘Welcome to the Spree’ with another massive hoarding is covered in slogans.

Rachel is assisted by fellow sign writers Karina Duncan and Ciaran Globel, while graffiti artist Mark Worst is also decorating another of the hoardings in his signature style.

Mark is behind a series of murals across the town including a Kingfisher at Johnston Street and one of iconic music stars on the side of Paisley rock bar The Bungalow

Fellow artist Kevin Cantwell has also created smaller scale artworks on the High Street and at the Little Book Transfer at Gilmour Street Station.

The artists created the works to mark Paisley’s national festival, which runs until Tuesday October 24.

It takes place as part of the push for the town’s bid to be named the UK City of Culture 2021.

This year features some of the biggest names in the Scottish worlds of entertainment, music and comedy, including a sold-out homecoming show from Paolo Nutini at Paisley Abbey on Friday.

Other acts on the bill include James Grant at Paisley Abbey and singer songwriter Dougie MacLean.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “It’s wonderful to attract such big names from the national stage to the Spree Festival  as we bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 but it’s also important to give a platform to local artists and creatives too.”

The Spree is taking place in partnership with local bar Burger and Keg and Fosters, who will be programming additional acts in the Burger and Keg Live Tent in Abbey Close during the festival. More info can be found at burgerandkeg.co.uk.

The festival is also supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, and the British Council.

Tickets and info are available from www.thespree.co.uk and from the box office on 0300 300 1210.

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Frightened Rabbit with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, at Paisley Abbey

Photographs from Frightened Rabbit’s sold out concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Paisley Abbey, part of Paisley’s National Festival, The Spree.

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Delight as Paisley Museum secures £4.9m National Lottery funding boost

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Ambitious plans to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination based around the town’s unique heritage and textile story are in line for a £4.9m National Lottery grant.

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Renfrewshire Council this year set aside £24.1m towards the proposed £42m revamp – and the news the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have now earmarked funding is a massive boost allowing the project to move forward.

The museum plans are taking place as part of a wider drive to transform Paisley’s future through investment in heritage and culture, which includes a bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, due to be submitted to the UK Government on Friday.

They aim to reconnect the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern with the town that gave it its name, while creating a tourist attraction of national importance, driving footfall into the town centre.

The revamped museum – operated by Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd – is forecast to attract 125,000 visits a year – almost four times current numbers – and create a £72m economic boost over 30 years.

It is also expected to support 138 jobs during the construction phase, and the equivalent of 42 new permanent jobs after that through increased visitor spend.

The plans are for an extension to the current Victorian-era building housing a cafe and shop, improvements to all four museum buildings including the Coats Observatory, changes to physical access, and an internal redesign which will double the number of objects on public display.

The museum plans are part of a wider investment in Paisley’s cultural infrastructure already under way with a publicly-accessible museum store to open later this year in a vacant basement on the town’s High Street, and a new learning and cultural hub to be built close by.

Council bosses have already had positive discussions with a number of other funders about meeting the rest of the cost. Today’s news means staff recruitment can start and the appointment of architects and exhibition design teams can take place next year.

The £4.9m funding will be confirmed once a successful stage two application is lodged with HLF. The new museum is expected to open in 2022, but it is planned the project will play a part in any UK City of Culture 2021 year.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “This is a wonderful piece of news from HLF and couldn’t have come at a better time, with our bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 being lodged this week.

“The museum plans are central to our wider vision to transform the town’s future by harnessing the power of Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural story.

“We know the town centre has its challenges but the way people shop has changed forever – so we have to create new life and new footfall by finding new ways to bring people into the town.

“Paisley can do that by making the most of the unique selling point that is our heritage and textile story – and the museum revamp, along with the museum store due to open this year and the new library will drive new footfall to our high street.

“The town has some amazing items in its collection – but the current building needs revamped in order to get them out on display and to fully tell the story of how this town was once at the centre of a global industry.

“These projects are all part of a wider vision with the UK City of Culture bid at its heart – should we be announced at the winner of that title in December it will take the work we are doing to a totally new level.”

Seona Reid, deputy chair of HLF and chair of the Scotland Committee, said: “I know how much this project means to Paisley and its people. It’s vital to the great strides that are being made in revitalising the town, using its history and industrial heritage as the building blocks.

“I am delighted that thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are able to give our initial support to a project which will transform the museum and give Paisley’s internationally-important textiles and other collections the prominence they deserve.”

Paisley is the only Scottish place on the UK City of Culture shortlist and is joined by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea, with the winner to be announced in December.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Stuart Mitchell Interview

Stuart Mitchell Interview

Following the runaway success of his 2016 Fringe debut ‘Dealt a Bad Hand’ BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking the News’ panelist Stuart Mitchell brings his critically acclaimed show to Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 9th June. You can read more about Stuart here.

The interview was conducted by our very own Peter Greenwood.

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One person flat currently available at Glentanar Court, Paisley

Cairn Housing have a ‘one person flat’ currently available at Glentanar Court.

Overlooking the gardens this well appointed one person flat provides a bedroom/living room area, separate kitchen and recently refurbished bathroom with walk in shower.

If anyone would like to arrange a viewing at Glentanar Court with a view to making an application for housing with us please call 0800 990 3405 and come for a chat, look around and a coffee!

Glentanar Court provides well-appointed retirement housing for those over 50.  Situated in a well established residential area, convenient for the town centre, surgeries, local shops and supermarkets.

Tenants enjoy use of  a communal lounge with a Social Group providing a range of activities many of which are open to family and friends.

‘Whilst we currently have a vacancy for a ‘one person’ flat we would accept applications for our waiting list for both ‘one person flats’ and our one bedroomed properties.

Cairn Housing Association seeks to provide quality affordable homes and services in communities, and with partners, across Scotland.

Prospective tenants are encouraged to visit Glentanar Court where any queries can be answered by our on-site staff.

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Paisley Art Institute Heads Art Prizes in Glasgow

Paisley’s Art Credentials Confirmed at National Exhibition 

Paisley’s history is credited with an award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Art’s 153rd Annual Exhibition. The RGI’s historic show which showcases the best of contemporary art, opened at the weekend at The Mitchell Library with a huge exhibition of artists work from all over Britain and as far away from the USA.

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The Kyles and Carrick Michael Durning

Paisley Art Institute (PAI) members head the prize list with former president Michael Durning PAI RSW and Kate Inglis sharing top prize, “The City of Glasgow College Art Foundation Purchase Prize” of £8000. Carol Dewart PAI received the award to commemorate the Kilbarchan artist, Mary Armour to the value of £500.

Inglis and Durning chose to display monumental images of Scotlands industial maritime history, Durning painting “Kyles and The Carrick” shows the Clyde’s oldest ship, The Kyles, built on the Cart, in Paisley in 1876 by the ‘Clyde’s oldest shipbuilder’, John Fullerton who was also a president of Paisley Art Institute. The smaller iron boat is older than its neighbour the famous clipper ship, The Carrick, now undergoing restoration in Australia.

Kate Inglis’s detailed image of iconic, art deco, architecture on the Forth and Clyde Canal will be placed, with Durning’s painting, in the City of Glasgow College art collection and appropriately on permanent display in the newly built Maritime School.

The 153rd Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition at Mitchell Library opened Sat 12th Nov. continues 12th Nov. 2016,  Mon.- Sat. 9am – 5pm, Sun. 12-4pm

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Brand new Performance of Play The Course of True Love at Paisley Arts Centre

An everyday tale of caution, courage and Cleo Laine.
 
Celia and Oliver are in the world’s most expensive hotel, drunk on the world’s most expensive champagne. It’s not good. They have thirty minutes to make up their minds about a risky proposal that could tear their lives apart. A powerful politician waits downstairs for their decision. Will they retreat to the daily disillusionment of running a failing charity? Or will they find the courage to reveal their true feelings and speak truth to power?

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The Course of True Love is a brand new performance from multi-award-winning writer and director David Leddy, who has been called a ‘maverick’ (The Guardian), a ‘genius’ (The Scotsman), an ‘innovator’ (The Times) and an ‘institution’ (The Independent).

A Play, A Pie and A Pint first presented this play as a production at Oran Mor, Glasgow and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.

“Gorgeous… witty… resonant” The Scotsman

“Poignant and insightful” The Times

Tickets for The Course of True Love are £10 (£6 conc ) + bkg fee* and are available at the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 orwww.renfrewshireleisure.com. Suitable for ages 16 +

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Stand up comedy nights return to Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Town Hall

Paisley’s top stand-up night returns to Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Town Hall this month with an impressive line up of comedians, alongside award-winning MC Scott Gibson.

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Headliners include Irish deadpan comic, (and the lightning-hit Father Stone in Father Ted) Michael Redmond and one of the most respected comedians on the circuit, chain-smoking xbox fanatic Susie McCabe. TV and radio presenter and funnnymanDes Clarke also appears and our December gig features multi-award winning comedian Janey Godley. All are ably supported by a whole host of top comedians.

Our resident MC Scott Gibson, won the Best Newcomer Award for his solo show at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Dates for A Buddy Good Laugh are:  22 September, 27 October at Paisley Arts Centre and 24 November and 15 December at Paisley Town Hall.

Tickets for A Buddy Good Laugh are £10 (£8 conc ) + bkg fee* and are available at the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or www.renfrewshireleisure.com. Suitable for over 18s only.

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ON TOUR IN OCTOBER: Terra Incognita with support from Macrobert Arts Centre presents Invisible Army by Victoria Beesley

A new play about being alone and making friends; starting fights and falling in love; being invisible and talking to cats. 

Three years ago Robbie McGuire started becoming invisible.

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It’s not a big problem. It doesn’t affect his day-to-day life. Mrs Gillespie still gives him detention, Sarah Hargreaves still threatens to smash his face in, and Mr Bartnik the shop keeper still won’t let him forget that he owes 10p for a bottle of milk bought over a year ago. But Robbie has started noticing that people bump into him a lot in the street. That nobody ever really looks at him – they always look to the side or a metre behind, as though they’re not quite sure exactly where he is. And this morning, the longer he looked in the mirror the less he could see of himself. And so begins Robbie’s journey on a very weird day.

Invisible Army is a new play by Victoria Beesley (My Friend Selma) which has been created in collaboration with young carers from the Glasgow South West Carers Centre.
Combining storytelling with movement and original live music, Invisible Army is a funny, moving, imaginative and charming insight into the life of a young carer.

Invisible Army is directed by Emily Reutlinger (director of Uncanny Valley – winner of 2016 CATS award for Best Production for Children and Young People); choreography by Tony Mills (Room 2 Manoeuvre); designed by Alice Wilson (Magnetic NorthPlutôt la VieVision Mechanics); sound design by Danny Krass (Royal Court, Traverse Theatre); lighting design by Elle Taylor; music composed and played live by Dan Beesley.

TOUR

Sat 8 Oct | Paisley Arts Centre | 7pm  | £5 (includes booking fee) | 0300 300 1210 | renfrewshireleisure.com/arts