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The Great Tapestry of Scotland coming to Paisley

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland coming to Paisley.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition will run from 3rd May until 8th June, open 10-6pm Tuesday to Sunday and till 8 Wednesday/Thursday. One of our members Ian Rae kindly sent in some photographs of the Great Tapestry of Scotland on a recent visit to Edinburgh, this will be displayed in the atrium of Anchor Mill which is a fitting place to view such a wonderful part of Scottish History.

You can also follow the progress of the exhibition on one of our partner websites Paisley Patter which is based at the Paisley Thread Mill Museum. Thank you to Ian Rae for sending in these excellent photographs.

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LEGO exhibition comes to Paisley Museum

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LEGO exhibition comes to Paisley Museum

A must-see exhibition for fans of LEGO® young and old, Brick City is a display of the world’s most iconic buildings and landmarks by LEGO artist Warren Elsmore, one of the very few professional LEGO artists in the country. Exclusive to Paisley, Brick City is a celebration of the world’s architecture, recreated using the toy of the century…LEGO bricks.

brick-city-st-pancras-Brick City features many impressive replicas such as the London 2012 Olympic Park, Rome’s Colosseum and the Las Vegas strip. The exhibition also includes a model of London’s St Pancras station, which measures 5 ft tall and 12 ft long, and contains no less than 180,000 LEGO bricks; Brick City celebrates the best of global architecture and the simple magic of the famous Danish children’s toy.

In addition to this spectacular reconstruction of world-famous landmarks, from 23 November, the public are invited to get creative by producing their own version of famous Paisley buildings such as Paisley Abbey, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall. Visitors can also participate in a public art piece; a mosaic of the famous Paisley Pattern, constructed entirely of LEGO.

The exhibition takes place at Paisley Museum, from 8 November to 16 February. Tickets cost £4 (£3 conc), Family ticket is £12 (2 adults and 2 children). Children under 3 go FREE. For the duration of Brick City only Paisley Museum is extending its opening hours to the following: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11am to 4pm, Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 5.30pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Arts.

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Special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas

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A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

(All photographs taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements)

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

Press are invited to a photo call opportunity on Friday 2 November at 11am within Paisley Museum to meet the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leo John De Freitas and view the works which will be going on display.

For further information on Magic in the Nursery, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas

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A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Paisley MuseumTogether with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

For further information on Magic in the Nursery, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Only One Week Left To Visit Quentin Blake – As Large As Life Exhibition

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Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrators, having won countless awards and appointed Britain’s first Children’s Laureate. He is known by young and old alike, his name having been synonymous with his illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books. Recently Quentin has been commissioned by hospitals and health centres in the UK and abroad to produce works which have a therapeutic effect on their residents.

This exhibition brings together over 50 original works to Paisley Museum, the only Scottish venue to have been chosen to showcase these pieces and allow visitors to experience the effects for themselves.

This exhibition has been organised by Compton Verney in collaboration with the House of Illustration.

The exhibition runs until 24 June.

Entry is free to under 16 years and adult entry is £2.

For further information on Quentin Blake – As large As Life, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

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Sixty Years, Six Lives Exhibition

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An exhibition of photographs by Ian Berry (Magnum) to mark 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention, commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for Refugee Week 2012 is being showcased at Paisley Museum from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 12 August.

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

The exhibition will precede and run throughout Refugee Week 2012 (June 18-24). It is one of over 110 events that make up the programme for Refugee Week Scotland which celebrates the contributions refugees have made to the UK, and marks 60 years since the lifesaving UN Refugee Convention was created.

Sixty Years, Six Lives runs from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 12 August. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

For further information on our events log onto www.renfrewshire.gov/museums or www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition

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Paisley Art Institute will hold their 124th annual exhibition from Saturday 5th of May toSunday 3rd June 2012, at Paisley Museum

The exhibition will feature the work of guest painter James Morrison RSA, RSW and guest sculptor Keith Rand RSA, ARBS.

For more information see www.paisleyartinstitute.org.uk

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Public invited to view Paisley town centre proposals

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An exhibition and public meeting are being held to showcase final designs for improvements to the environment of Paisley town centre.

The exhibition will feature proposals to resurface and widen pavements, and install new crossing points and street furniture.

The proposals are centred on the Causeyside area of Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area.

The WRVS Cafe, Unit 37, Paisley Centre, 20 Causeyside Street will host both the exhibition and the public meeting. The exhibition takes place from 10am to 5pm each day from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 October. Read more

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Alexander Stoddart: The Paisley Sculptor.

A MAJOR exhibition of works by one of the world’s finest sculptors has opened at Paisley Museum.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the historic venue to view ‘Alexander Stoddart: The Paisley Sculptor.’
Paisley artist Mr Stoddart – who is known as Sandy to his friends – is one of the most distinguished artists working in Scotland today and many of his works can be seen worldwide.
In 2008, he was appointed Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland and he is also a Freeman of Renfrewshire.

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