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Something for everyone: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for Spring 2013.

Spring has arrived early at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of dance and drama performances, museum exhibitions, music gigs and film screenings, as well as a superb range of regular activities and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

renfrewshire artsOur ever popular array of regular classes kicks off proceedings and places can now be booked for Saturday Art Classes, Creative Art Classes, Fashion Design workshops and Club Animate. Run by our fantastic Outreach Team these classes offer kids the chance to make their own movie, devise a stylish outfit or create their very own masterpiece. Plus, firm family favourites Playdays! @ the museum and themed Baby Discos will be back once again.

Movie time begins in March at Paisley Arts Centre bringing you a great selection of family favourites old and new. Disney and animation fans in particular will enjoy Brave and A Cat in Paris on the silver screen.

On the music scene there will be folk performances from Karine Polwart, Heidi Talbot and the critically acclaimed Southern Tenant Folk Union, a little bit of jazz from Loretta Reid and a tribute to the magic of The Eagles courtesy of Scottish group, Hotel California.

On the stage, hit Edinburgh Fringe show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will test our social conscience with a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale about our beloved iPhones. Or if it’s a laugh you seek there will be plenty to smile about at How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, I Spy Mrs Peery and new comedy show Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway.

This season we will once again be embracing Refugee Week to help celebrate diversity in Scotland and raise awareness of refugee issues. A Refugee Week Film curated by the African Association of Communities in Renfrewshire will be screened at Paisley Arts Centre where you will also be able to view Spirit, an inspiring photography project launched in partnership by the Scottish Refugee Council and Streetlevel Photoworks.

Paisley Museum will also play host to a number of not to be missed exhibitions this season, beginning with a beautiful display of some of our star artworks as part of Delightful in February. Plus our Alexander Wilson exhibition promises to delve into the social and natural history behind the famous Paisley poet and highly respected ornithologist.

The Guide for Spring 2013, complete with details of our arts programme in full is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Museum or can be downloaded online by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts & Museums by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), logging on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or sign up to our weekly e-news service by emailing ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at paisley.org.uk or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

What’s on Renfrewshire:

Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with Paisley.org.uk was a no brainer!

Paisley.org.uk has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk or via Facebook www.facebook.com/WhatsOnRenfrewshire

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Views of Paisley available to buy now in 2013 Calendar

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to announce that the new calendar, ‘A Tale of Two Decades’, is now on sale.

This fascinating calendar showcases a selection of nostalgic photographs of Paisley, dating from 1960 to 1979. Featuring well-known locations such as the Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and The Watermill Hotel, this year’s calendar is sure to evoke memories for locals who lived in the town during or around that period.

Each of the photographs originate from the archive collection held at Paisley Museum. This collection comprises of over 20,000 historical images dating from the 1850’s up to the present day and features pictures relating to Paisley and other parts of Renfrewshire.

Earlier in the year, when preparations for the 2013 calendar first began, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums enlisted the help of their Facebook followers to help shortlist the huge selection of pictures we had to choose from. As a result, the image of the Christmas Lights over the River Cart from 1979 emerged as the clear favourite and the perfect choice for the front cover of the calendar.

The archive collections are available to view in either Paisley Museum or Paisley Central Library. Copies of images from the historical photographic collection are available on request. A range of postcards and prints are also available to buy from the Museum shop.

A Tale of Two Decades’ is available to buy from Paisley Museum and Paisley Arts Centre now, priced £7.99. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Paisley Events

Please come and support this event at Paisley Arts Centre tomorrow night. Tues 23rd. It will be an interesting film and after show discussion will address film makers perspective, dance, pressures of celeb culture and ‘suicide’

red-shoes-tt0040725THE RED SHOES
Renfrewshire
Film
Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948, 133m, U

A beautiful landmark of dance cinema, The Red Shoes is a cautionary tale about creative obsession. The film stars Dunfermline’s own Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballet dancer manipulated by a Svengali figure. One of Martin Scorsese’s favourite films, the screening will be followed by a dance performance from Reid Kerr students.

Venue Information
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Event Information
Tue 23rd
Free
Free / No booking required – Information: 0141 887 1010
7 – 9.30pm

http://www.mhfestival.com/

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Paisley Arts Centre Event

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy: a magical dance spectacular

Pucko Company in association with Brunton Theatre presents The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, which will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Sunday 7 October at 3pm.

BBoy Master Image hi resThis enchanting dance show tells the story of a young boy who finds a tiny egg which soon comes to life as a greedy caterpillar. An explorer, adventurer and a dreamer, his obsession with the insect makes him an outsider and a target for those who do not understand him. As the caterpillar begins its transformation into a butterfly our adventurer begins his own journey and soon realises that growing up can be a mighty battle.

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy is a wonderful tale for all the family, as it explores the joys and frustrations of growing up and getting older. Tickets cost £5 and the performance is suitable for ages 5 and up. To book tickets call our box office on 0141 887 1010 or go online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Paisley Underground presents Fence Records: The Pictish Trail plus Randolph’s Leap solo set

The second night of live music on the trifecta of Paisley Underground gigs sees Fence Records artists, The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap take to the stage on Friday 5 October at Paisley Arts Centre after a free panel event featuring music industry professionals.

The Pictish Trail is the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, who, alongside Kenny (King Creosote) Anderson, runs micro-indie DIY-folk collective Fence Records, from a remote fishing village in Fife, Scotland. His music is a sonorous mixture of acoustic driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop that has been described as a “post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk” (Plan B Magazine). Pictish Trail has recorded various albums, EP’s and singles of his own material for the Fence label – working with a number of artists such as King Creosote, James Yorkston, and KT Tunstall amongst others, along the way.

A mixture of pop through to folk, Randolph’s Leap will perform an intimate acoustic set courtesy of their guitarist and vocalist Adam Ross. Normally an 8-piece band from Glasgow, Randolph’s Leap are set to follow up their recent lo-fi cassette album ‘The Curse of the Haunted Headphones’ with a brand new polyphonic EP on Fence Records later this year.

Paisley Underground is once again providing platforms for local artists by offering Reid Kerr College students KiDD, a support slot for the show on October 5.

A free, music industry led panel event will be running prior to the show on October 5 offering keen musicians and industry enthusiasts the unique opportunity to put their questions on artist management directly to the experts. The panel event ‘Step into my office, baby’, will start at 6pm at Paisley Arts Centre on October 5 and while tickets are free, customers should reserve a place via the booking office, 0141 887 1010. A full list of panel members can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

The final label will be Still to come, the mighty Chemikal Underground record label with Human Don’t Be Angry and Miaoux Miaoux, playing from a Spiegeltent on County Square on October 25, as part of The Spree festival.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be bought from the box office by calling 0141 887 1010 or by logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

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

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Paisley Natural History Talks at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Natural History Society is starting its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Kate Sampson, National Trust for Scotland, Arran Ranger Service on Thursday 6th September at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

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Red Squirrel – on feeder image by N. Tait

This talk will take a closer look at the conservation and mountain wildlife of the magnificent Goatfell property on the Isle of Arran.

Golden eagles soar overhead, red deer roar in the glens, and adders hiss at your feet. Come along and find out more about these and some of the more unusual mountain wildlife of Goatfell and some of the conservation projects aiming to improve key habitats.’

This talk is free of charge and open to everyone whether you are a member or not.

For more information about the Paisley Natural History Society visit our website at www.paisleynaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

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Dannsa at Paisley Arts Centre

Step Change – Making connections across Scotland

Step-dancers and musicians from Scotland and Cape Breton to tour new Scottish audiences with driving rhythmic footwork, fresh new dances and finely crafted music on pipes, fiddle, guitar and Gaelic song.  

Following the huge success of a Dannsa’s north of Scotland tour in April 2012, Creative Scotland have strengthened their backing for the Highland-based traditional music and dance company by supporting their first central belt tour as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Creative Scotland.

Although Dannsa have performed and taught throughout Scotland for many years, the tour that runs from 11th to 22nd September to six venues in the central belt is expected to bring a new audience to traditional music and step-dance.

Dannsa’s ‘Connections’ tour interweaves Scottish song, music and dance with the step-dancing and music of Cape Breton; exploring the connections between both countries’ living heritage with a warm and personal approach.

Connections is not simply a traditional dance and music show; its uniqueness is in the way music and dance are intertwined to create a great evening of entertainment. The dancers and musicians choreograph the show together, making pieces which are fresh, new and different and that reflect the performers’ rich background in the traditions of song, story and dance.

Dancers Caroline Reagh, Sandra Robertson and Frank McConnell are joined by Matheu Watson, multi-instrumentalist and guitarist for the soundtrack of Pixar’s Brave, Mod Gold Medallist Catriona Watt and step-dancer musicians Fin Moore from Perthshire and Mac Morin from Cape Breton.

Connections will tour to Stirling, Paisley, Glenrothes, Musselburgh, St Andrews and Cumbernauld, and also to Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

Thursday  20 Sept – Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm

Tour Dates and links to venue ticket booking

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Also Dannsa have a Paisley connection with our very own Frank McConnell..

Frank McConnell

Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties and no interest in the arts. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. After training with Royston Maldoom and the Arts in Fife, he cultivated at a deep interest in creativity but has maintained a passion for education in its broadest sense.

He is the founding member of three significant dance companies in Scotland:  Dundee Rep Dance Co (now Scottish Dance Theatre);  Dannsa (with whom he continues to perform);  and his own company plan B.

He has performed and collaborated with Communicado Theatre company on seven occasions

but it is principally known as a choreographer.  Having created work for Northern Stage (England), Freshmess (Scotland), Le Groupe de la Place Royale (Canada), and the National Opera in Holland, Frank feels equally at home working with a small community group in Achiltibuie (Scotland).

In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and used this time to explore his own creativity within a Highland landscape and culture.

Frank set up his own company plan B in 1989 (with Caroline Docherty) to explore new ways of creating and presenting original work.  The company is now based in Easter Ross and contributes to dance developments throughout the Highlands. plan B’s most recent production “The Shoogle Project” is currently touring Scotland – a collaboration with the band Shooglenifty.