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Lego exhibition extended due to popular demand

Lego exhibition extended due to popular demand.

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce the extension of the Brick City exhibition at Paisley Museum. Due to popular demand, the exhibition will now end on Sunday 2 March, instead of Sunday 16 February. So there are now just over two weeks left to visit.

Brick City; a display of the world’s most iconic buildings and landmarks, created entirely of LEGO, opened on Friday 8 November and has been a phenomenal success for Paisley Museum, with over 35,000 visitors so far to the exhibition.

Further Information

Tickets for Brick City 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.

All Photographs above taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

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Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for spring 2014

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for spring 2014.

The arrival of the New Year marks the start of a fresh new events programme for Renfrewshire Council’s Arts & Museums service.

Prepare to be entertained at monthly comedy nights, live gigs from award-winning musicians, captivating theatre performances, fascinating new exhibitions and a remarkable number of activities for children – there really is an event to suit all tastes taking place in our venues from now until July.
Some performance highlights include: a brand new bill of stand-up comedians for A Buddy Good Laugh; a fascinating biopic of a superstar in The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe; a thrilling live folk gig courtesy of Lau and a beautiful ballet performance of the timeless classic, Swan Lake.

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To book tickets to any of our forthcoming performances please contact the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre on 0300 300 1210 or book online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Paisley Museum will be unveiling several fascinating new displays too. Visit in March and be Inspired by incredible works of art from talented Renfrewshire school pupils, or take in vibrant prints by the French artist Matisse in the exhibition Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, opening in June.

Paisley Museum will also remember Gerry Rafferty with a display of his album covers created by his long term friend and fellow Buddy John Byrne. Catch the Bring It All Home exhibition when it opens to the public in March.

For a full view of what’s on this January – July pick up a copy of The Guide, the Renfrewshire Arts & Museums brochure.

The Guide is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Renfrew Town Hall or alternatively can be viewed online, just visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/museums

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Coats Observatory Acquires Commemoration Medal

Coats Observatory Acquires Commemoration Medal.

Coats Observatory has recently acquired a medal which was struck to commemorate the opening of Coats Observatory in 1883. Only a few of these medals were made and were given out to local dignitaries that attended the opening ceremony. This is the first medal of its kind to be displayed in the Observatory. 

The medal was acquired from a medal dealer in America, so Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to ‘repatriate’ a piece of Paisley’s history back to its home town. 

A grand ceremony had been planned to mark the opening of Coats Observatory, but in the end this had to be scaled down due to Thomas Coat’s deteriorating health. Although he had paid for the building, he only managed to visit the completed building once, and died only 2 weeks after the Observatory had opened.

Coats observatory is only one of 5 public observatories in the UK.

For further information on Paisley Museum, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us onwww.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or www.twitter.com/RenArtsMuseums.

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Des Clark, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III and Bruce Morton complete hilarious Halloween line-up

Des Clark, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III and Bruce Morton complete hilarious Halloween line-up.

A Buddy Good Laugh, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ brand new comedy strand is back this Halloween week with another superb line-up of Scottish comedians primed and ready for devilishly good laughs.

MC’d by Dead Sheep Comedy creator and comic Scott Gibson (regular performer at The Stand Comedy Club) this Thursday’s gig is the perfect remedy for Halloween fatigue.

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First on the bill is acclaimed comic, storyteller and social commentator Bruce Morton. A founder of the Funny Farm Collective in 1989, Bruce is credited for kick-starting the burgeoning Scottish comedy scene and has not stopped since. Nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his show Sin, Bruce is has since written and starred in comedies for TV, radio and theatre.

Winner of the 2003 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III is a regular feature on BBC 2’s Live Floor Show. With his heavy metal music, black leather and sunglasses, he is definitely not what you would describe as a run-of-the-mill evangelist. Having managed to offend virtually every religious group and been barred from most places of worship, The Reverend has continued to spread the word of the Lord in comedy clubs up and down the UK. Comedy fans take note: The Reverend is not for the faint hearted or the easily offended!

TV presenter, broadcaster and Scottish stand-up legend Des Clarke completes the line-up for this Thursday’s show. Once an exciting rising star on the Scottish comedy scene, Des’ high energy humour has taken him to the Edinburgh Festival every year since 2001, the Glasgow Comedy Festival and further afield to New York, Dubai and Adelaide, earning him legions of new fans along the way. Away from stand-up, Des can be heard weekdays hosting the Capitol FM Breakfast show.

A Buddy Good Laugh will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 31st October. Doors open 8.15pm and the show starts 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be booked in person at the Box Office in Paisley Arts Centre, by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Photograph above taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Alex Kyle Photography.