Paisley First is looking for artists to submit design work for the latest project in our Paisley First Walls Series.




Following on from the success of our recent murals in the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street, Lawn Street and Lady Lane, we are now moving to Incle Street.


The wall at the side of Elma Whyte School of Dancing is one of the most prominent locations in the town as a main thoroughfare for traffic in and out of the town.


As a means of reflecting something of the town’s artistic heritage, of which the dance school is a part, the concept should include a dominant yet uncluttered and contemporary paisley Pattern motif which forms the major part of design background.


Set into this pattern, there should be a clear symbol of the rich history of dance training which is synonymous with the building and throughout the town.


”Paisley is a town which is rich in culture and all the murals have their own distinct theme reflecting this.” said Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson.


He continued: “I am sure Paisley’s talented artists will help ensure this latest mural provides another great talking point for residents and visitors to the town.”


Adelle Maasz who took over the running of the school from her mother, Elma Whyte, in 2012, said:” We believe that the pedigree and the heritage of arts-based excellence that the Elma Whyte dance school represents, as well as the highly visible location of the school, mark the site out as a great opportunity to add to the Paisley mural project that has brought the town so much positive publicity.”


“We are looking forward to playing our part in such an inspiring community project.”


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 Paisley First Walls Series has already been a fantastic addition to the Paisley streetscape – and this latest mural has a really great location.

“As a massive dance fan and former pupil of Elma Whyte, this is a subject close to my heart and I am delighted our great local dance scene is being celebrated in this way.


“The strength of that scene features strongly in our UK City of Culture 2021 bid – Renfrewshire’s participation in dance is well above the Scottish average. I would encourage artists to get involved and I can’t wait to see the submitted ideas.”


Initial designs and written concepts should be submitted to Paisley First by 9 am on Friday 29th September. Submissions should also include the artist’s quotation to carry out the project and this fee should also cover all materials, equipment and insurance as required. These can be handed into the Paisley First office or emailed Artists must either work or live in Paisley, or have prominent links to the town.