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Paisley Arts Intitute Annual Exhibition

Paisley Arts Intitute Annual Exhibition Starts this Saturday in Paisley Museum, check the poster for more details, I had a sneaky peek today and it is looking amazing, well worth a visit. #PositivePaisley
Also please click through to the Paisley Art Institute est. 1876 Facebook page and give it A like and please share with anyone who could be of interest, thank you.. Enjoy…

Visit these links for more information. 

Website: http://www.paisleyartinstitute.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paisley-Art-Institute-est-1876-222616264613510/

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Observations on a Colony of Adders, Slow-worms and Common Lizards on Loch Lomondside

Observations on a Colony of Adders, Slow-worms and Common Lizards on Loch Lomondside.

Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Chris McInerny, University of Glasgow on Thursday 7 November at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

'Red Squirrel' by Mike CruiseA colony of reptiles on the east shore of Loch Lomond was monitored intensively during 2012 to understand population numbers, distribution, movements and biology throughout the year. Large numbers of European Adder, Vipera berus, Slow-worm Anguis fragilis and Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara were found. This talk will describe these observations and outline an environmental mitigation plan for a proposed hydroelectric scheme for this site.

So if you’re interested in Scotland’s native reptiles and want to find out more about the species and the challenges face by new developments and proposals, this is the talk for you.

This talk is free and open to everyone, just come along.

www.paisleynaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

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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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Paisley Museum & Coats Observatory achieves Visit Scotland Award

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Paisley Museum & Coats Observatory achieves Visit Scotland Award

Paisley Museum has recently been awarded a prestigious 4 star visitor attraction award after an assessment from Visit Scotland which revealed that the programme of positive change to improve visitor experiences developed by the staff on site has been hugely successful.

Over the past year the front of house team have been successful in implementing a series of improvements which have included; the introduction of a ‘welcome host’ on arrival at the Museum, new staff uniforms, an improved schedule of free Observatory tours that all staff are now trained to provide and the introduction of free ‘drop-in’ activities for families.

The team have been recognised for these efforts by Visit Scotland who upgraded the Museum & Observatory to a 4 star rated attraction as they not only scored the venue high on cleanliness, presentation of displays and the information available about the collections but also the welcome, attitude and efficiency of the staff.

Visitors who have not been to the venue recently will be treated to a reinvigorated Pillar Gallery, a bright and attractive museum shop with new products as well as regular tours and planetarium films for all the family.

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From everyone at paisley.org.uk we would like to pass on our hearty congratulations on this achievement as we know the staff all work hard to promote the venues to a wider audience and the staff have been fantastic with us too.. All brilliant.. Well done… Brian…

 

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Renfrewshire Arts & Museums Autumn 2013 line-up

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Laughter, Buddy Guaranteed: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for autumn 2013.

Autumn has arrived at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of theatre and dance performances, exhibitions at Paisley Museum, music and stand-up gigs as well as a superb range of regular events and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

Our 50-strong line-up of performances, events and exhibitions falls during a busy time for Renfrewshire, with the arrival of the Royal National Mòd and The Spree arts festival, both of which take place in venues around Paisley in October.

PillarGalleryLaughter, Buddy Guaranteed. This autumn we are most looking forward to launching a new, monthly comedy strand featuring all the big names in Scottish stand-up. ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ is the brainchild of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums and local comedy promoters Dead Sheep Comedy and will see headline acts like Des Clarke, Gary Little & Janey Godley take to the mic at Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Town Hall. And, just to add a little more intrigue, we have secured a hugely successful mystery guest for our first show. We can’t reveal who it is yet but comedy fans will know this person well from their impressive run of sell-out world tours and numerous TV appearances.

Fringe Links. A number of our forthcoming plays and theatre productions are currently showing at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. See the critically acclaimed ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, ‘The List’ and children’s performance ‘Head in the Clouds’ straight after their Fringe run at Paisley Arts Centre. Or break out of the theatre for a nostalgic performance of ‘Linwood No More’ at the former Linwood Rootes Car Factory.

Showcasing the best of local heritage. Paisley Museum commemorates a local landmark with September exhibition ‘Abbey 850’ and the museum will be celebrating Gaeldom in October with a trio of displays highlighting Gaelic heritage and culture to coincide with the Royal National Mòd.

Animal mad! Whether your favourite animal is a sheep, a tiger or even a polar bear, we have many funny, interactive and magical events and performances planned for children and families. Plus our talented Outreach team are set to deliver an array of creative activities involving fashion, animation and even horrible histories!

The new autumn Guide brochure, complete with details of our arts and events programme in full, is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Renfrew Town Hall. Or you can see what’s on online, by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

For regular updates on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), Twitter (@RenArtsMuseums) or sign up to our free weekly e-news service, simply email ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk to join the mailing list.

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Paisley Museum’s Lunchtime Talk: Renfrewshire’s Frontier Poet.

Paisley Museum’s Lunchtime Talk: Renfrewshire’s Frontier Poet.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the death of Alexander Wilson. Born in Paisley, Wilson immigrated to the United States as a young man. Poet, artist, scientist and social commentator, he rose to become one of the towering figures in the history and science of ornithology.

This Wednesday, June 19, local historian Alan Steel will survey the astonishing range of achievements Alexander Wilson has made and the lasting impact he has had on American identity.

The Lunchtime Talk, ‘Renfrewshire’s Frontier Poet’, will take place at Paisley Museum on June 19 at 12.30pm. Admission is free and open to all.

For more information on Lunchtime Talks, future performances or events please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

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Sma’ Shot Cottages Fundraiser

We are having a fundraising folk evening at the Cottages on Thursday 6th June at 7.30pm.

Collins and Collins (formerly of Clydebuilt) will be performing.

It’s a ‘bring your own bottle’ arrangement with tea & coffee etc. at the break.

Tickets are £10 and can be bought at the Cottages or people can call Susan Reid at 0141 887 2273.

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SaturN-Day Night – A Museums at Night Event at Paisley Museum

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Ideal SaturN-Day Night viewing! See Saturn up close in this year’s space-themed celebration.

Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory will be throwing open their doors on Saturday 18 May for a one off evening event packed with out-of-this-world activities.

Running as part of the national Museums at Night festival; Paisley Museum’s very own ‘SaturN-Day Night’ event offers a programme of free, astronomical activities suitable for all the family.

Museums at Night is the annual, after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.

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From 7.30pm at Paisley Museum, visitors can catch a show in our brand new digital Planetarium, or settle down to hear a Space Story, read in the stunning, new-look Pillar Gallery. Plus there will be plenty of hands-on activities for creative kids and those interested in science and film; with a Van de Graff experiment, make your own zoetrope and cosmic crafts.

Then, at 10pm as the light fades, SaturN-Day Night moves into the Dome in Coats Observatory for a spot of Saturn viewing and stargazing through the telescopes. An undisputed jewel in the crown of our solar system, Saturn is a sight that once seen, is never forgotten!

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Observatory Officer John Pressly explained what visitors can hope to see (weather permitting of course!) on May 18.

“In May, Saturn has just gone past opposition – when it is directly opposite the Sun – meaning it will be at its brightest in the sky. Around 10.30pm, when the sky darkens, the planet will be shining brightly in the south-east. Visitors will see Saturn up close, including its rings, composed of billions of pieces of rock, ice and dust that constantly orbit the planet and may even catch a glimpse of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, the only other place in the Solar System apart from Earth where liquid flows on the surface.” 

SaturN-Day Night will run from 7.30pm – Midnight. Please see below for the full list of activities and times.

Planetarium Shows 

7.45pm, 8.30pm & 9.15pm

Coats Observatory

Booking essential on 0141 618 5087. Max of 15 places per show. Suitable for ages 5+. Each show lasts 20 mins.

Experience our new state-of-the-art digital planetarium taking you on a journey through distant galaxies and star clusters, zooming in on constellations and objects too faint to be seen except through a powerful telescope, all without leaving the comfort of your chair.

Space Stories 

7.30pm and 8.30pm

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Please book at front desk on the night. Max of 25 places per session.

Come along to our storytelling sessions and escape into the magical world of ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – an enchanting children’s tale about a pilot stranded in the desert who meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. A fascinating story for children and adults alike.

Family Arts Activities 

7.30pm to 9.30pm

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Drop-in activities including:

  • Fantastic Film – discover the science behind early film and create your own zoetrope and a short animation.
  • Van de Graff experiment – a mini science experiment with the Van De Graff generator and a microscope
  • Plus many more space-themed activities…

 

Saturn Viewing 

10pm to 12midnight

Coats Observatory (entry at this time will be via Oakshaw St)

The Dome will be open to allow visitors the chance to take in spectacular sightings though the telescope and to view mesmerising sights of Saturn at its best.*

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Please note this activity is weather dependant.

For further information on Museums at Night, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Paisley Museum Exhibition – Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Museum Exhibition..

Photos from the Paisley Museum Exhibition, read more below! Also in one of the pictures are some staff and pupils from the Clippens School, Linwood, Renfrewshire.

All photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk click here for Alex’s Facebook page..

 

Inspired 2013 : Creativity from Renfrewshire’s young people 

The annual exhibition of artwork from children and young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire opens in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries on Friday 1st Feb 2012 and runs until 12th April.

The aim of this free exhibition is to showcase the work developed in art and design in all education establishments and to profile how children’s skills progress from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications.

Inspired is intended to be exactly that – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them.

The exhibition continues to gain in importance with the ongoing development in Scotland of A Curriculum for Excellence. The arts are now recognised as key to children and young people’s growing self confidence, self awareness and self esteem and ultimately in meeting their potential as successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors.

There are a number of special features in the exhibition this year including exciting pieces of 3D work. And thanks to an innovative new partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, schools who submit to the Inspired exhbition will automatically have the chance to have their work considered for the National Galleries schools exhibition.

Councillor Henry will officially open the exhibition on Friday at 12.30pm, within Paisley Museum and remarked “This year’s Inspired exhibition is a fantastic showcase for the creativity of Renfrewshire’s young people. From pre-school to senior students, they have created work which is both fun and engaging.  These young artists are to be commended for their creativity, hard work and high standards; I am sure that all who visit the exhibition will find it as Inspiring as I have.”

Provost Anne Hall will also select images from this exhibition to form the Renfrewshire Council calendar for 2014.

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Creativity from Renfrewshire’s young people

Paisley Museum

Inspired 2013 : Creativity from Renfrewshire’s young people 

The annual exhibition of artwork from children and young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire opens in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries on Friday 1st Feb 2012 and runs until 12th April.

Paisley MuseumThe aim of this free exhibition is to showcase the work developed in art and design in all education establishments and to profile how children’s skills progress from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications. 

Inspired is intended to be exactly that – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them. 

The exhibition continues to gain in importance with the ongoing development in Scotland of A Curriculum for Excellence. The arts are now recognised as key to children and young people’s growing self confidence, self awareness and self esteem and ultimately in meeting their potential as successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors. 

There are a number of special features in the exhibition this year including exciting pieces of 3D work. And thanks to an innovative new partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, schools who submit to the Inspired exhbition will automatically have the chance to have their work considered for the National Galleries schools exhibition.

Councillor Henry will officially open the exhibition on Friday at 12.30pm, within Paisley Museum and remarked “This year’s Inspired exhibition is a fantastic showcase for the creativity of Renfrewshire’s young people. From pre-school to senior students, they have created work which is both fun and engaging.  These young artists are to be commended for their creativity, hard work and high standards; I am sure that all who visit the exhibition will find it as Inspiring as I have.”

Provost Anne Hall will also select images from this exhibition to form the Renfrewshire Council calendar for 2014.

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.