A pavement trail honouring Paisley’s most notable figures and a project celebrating diversity and inclusivity through conversation are among more than 20 cultural projects being supported by the latest round of Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

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The fund aims to create more chances for people to get involved in cultural activity, help young people develop new skills, boost the local economy, raise Renfrewshire’s profile, and show how creativity can improve education, social inclusion and quality of life.

The current round of funding is the twelfth – and 23 projects are being supported with a total fund of £226,233, from an ask of £522,145. Highlights include:

– £10,000 to Fablevision to develop creative events and activities that give voice and visibility to Renfrewshire’s formal and informal carers, culminating in a touring and online exhibition;

– £3,345 to textile artist Joe McFadden to delivery textile themed workshops to young people across Renfrewshire to develop interest and talent in textile design, production and career paths;

– £17,000 to Paisley First Business Improvement District to create a pavement trail celebrating the great and good of Paisley from artists to musicians, educators, industrialists, athletes and politicians who have made a considerable contribution to the community of Paisley and Renfrewshire;

– £10,000 to Soundplay Projects to develop an accessible sensory audio-visual installation;

– £8,544 to Sewing 2Gether All Nations, a refugee assisting organisation, to run workshops and exhibitions that will bring together members of the community and celebrate diversity and inclusivity through shared experiences;

– £16,840 to Sculpture House Collective to work with Paisley Museum’s Secret Collection and create a new body of work for exhibition.

Other projects include a specially-commissioned performance of Puccini’s rarely performed ‘Turandot’ by Paisley Opera, an exhibition and multi-artists residency at The Art Department, and a music teaching programme for students at Lochwinnoch Primary School.

Since 2016, the fund has provided £1.14m to support 135 creative projects, including festivals, events, workshops, murals, performances, exhibitions, tours and productions in music, dance, theatre, heritage, literature, visual arts and design, film, and animation.

Renfrewshire’s cultural funding programmes are a part of Future Paisley, a far-reaching cultural regeneration programme that harnesses the power of the arts, heritage and culture for social and economic change. The funds are administered by OneRen on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of the Future Paisley Partnership Board said: “The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund is central to the work we are doing to harness the power of culture to change the area – and people’s lives – for the better.

“There was a phenomenal response to this most recent round of grant funding and it’s great to see the ambition within our cultural community as they continue to recover and rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The latest round of recommended grants will shine a spotlight on some of the area’s fascinating untold stories, further raising our profile as a destination, and encouraging people to visit.”

For more information on what’s happening in Renfrewshire, visit www.paisley.is and for more on the Future Paisley programme, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/futurepaisley