Paisley’s Business Improvement District

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Call out for artists to step forward for new Paisley First Mural

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

 

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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 toask@paisleyfirst.com. Artists must either work or live in Paisley, or have prominent links to the town.

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PLANS TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO HISTORIC PAISLEY LANDMARK

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Plans are being submitted to Renfrewshire Council which would safeguard the future of one of Paisley’s best loved buildings, Thomas Coats Memorial Church.

The project would see the church transformed into a world class events and entertainment venue which could be used for arts performances, concerts and weddings.

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Looking to retain the striking features of this gothic inspired building, the proposal would see minimal alterations to the fabric of the building which has been under threat for many years due to rising maintenance costs.

Plans, which have support from Historic Environment Scotland, include a distinct theatre performance space and banqueting facility.

With an imposing position at the top of the town’s High Street, the church was commissioned by the family of Thomas Coats of Ferguslie in his memory and completed in 1894.

Known colloquially as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe, its spired gothic design is famous the world over.

However, this stunning building needs significant investment to be preserved for future generations.

With a dwindling congregation and a lack of essential funds required to maintain this iconic building, it is important that action is taken now.

Following year long discussions, a steering group has been working with the current trustees for the last six months to explore options to preserve this important landmark in Paisley’s history.

With the support of the trustees, a new vision has emerged to take this building forward and provide a resource which will benefit the town of Paisley for many years to come.

The man behind the project is Paisley entrepreneur, Ian Henderson, who serves as Chairman of Paisley First Business Improvement District and also sits on the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board.

“I have long been an admirer of this stunning building and like many Buddies, I am concerned that it may be lost to future generations if urgent action isn’t taken,” said Ian.

“As well as creating a world class venue for the arts and events, this proposal would also allow the continuation of University of West Scotland graduations at the church.

“Preserving this magnificent and historically important building now will bring benefits to all in the community.”

Speaking on behalf of the existing trustees, Allan Driver, said: “The existing trustees have spent a significant number of years trying to find a sustainable solution which will safeguard the future of the building, which is too important to be lost to the people of Paisley.

“Of all the options investigated, this is the proposal which we believe provides the most secure future for Thomas Coats Memorial Church.”

The plans being submitted to Renfrewshire Council, for a change of use for the building, would also allow for the continued use of the church by community groups who are currently based there.  

The current trustees of the church would hand the building over to a new trust, Coats Memorial Church Paisley Ltd, comprising of local business people who are all keen to ensure this Paisley landmark is preserved.

It’s expected the funding for the project would be a combination of private investment and grant funding. The application to Renfrewshire Council has been submitted today and is subject to a 21 day consultation period.

To see the designs being submitted to Renfrewshire Council please visit www.cmcpaisley.co.uk

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Come and join the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

Come along to County Square in Paisley town centre this Saturday, 19th August, for the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

From 11 am to 12noon we have Tickles The Clown, back by popular demand!

Then from 1.30pm until 3.30pm there’ll be story-time from The Village Storytelling Centre inside the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley.

Then we’ll be rocking the town centre with the Paisley First Unsigned Showcase…Hosted by Loud ‘n Proud and Brick Lane Studios Paisley

We have a cracking line-up for you –

The Asuras 12noon – 12.40pm

The Vanities 1 pm – 1.40pm

Lemonhaze 2pm – 2.40pm

Delphi. 3pm – 3.40pm

The Turkey Nuts 4 pm – 4.40pm

So a great day out for all the family, come and join in the fun!

Paisley’s Got Talent Grand Final – Saturday 26th August – County Square, Paisley

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley!

As part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017, a talent competition was launched to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield!

The crowds in Paisley town centre have been treated to some top class performances, Paisley Buddies are such a talented bunch!

Now the finalists for the Grand Final which will take place in County Square on Saturday 26th August, starting at 12noon…have all been confirmed!

It promises to be an afternoon not to be missed!

All the finalists are listed below, who is going to be crowned the Paisley First winner, and walk away with the Paisley’s Got Talent £1,000.00 star prize?

Next week, Paisley First will be telling you a little more about each of our finalists, who will you be rooting for? See www.paisleyfirst.com for more details…

The 12 finalists are:

* Laura & Claire Murray *Adam Dolan *Hollie Robinson

*Olivia McDonald *Emily Punton *Matt Fotheringham

*Emma McConnachie *Ruby Langfield *Emily Irving

*Archie Collingridge-Watt *Nadia Allan *Sasha Kaloheris

Well done to everyone who has taken part!

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Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun continues this weekend at Johnston Street!

Paisley’s First’s Summer Festival of Fun brought a Frozen Singalong to the town centre last Saturday.

 

Kids of all ages were treated to an appearance by “Elsa” singing kids favourites such as Let it Go and For the First Time in Forever as well as a few other classic Disney hits.

Buddie the Paisley Lion led the dancing and both Buddie and Elsa posed for photographs with some young fans afterwards.

There was also an arts and craft session where kids of all ages were able to make their own musical inspired crafts..

Then it was time for a band showcase by indie pop outfit Twenty Four and then Chesko Gonzalezc, a Latin acoustic band.

The fun continues this Saturday, 12th August, when the Summer Festival moves to the town’s Johnston Street, off Causeyside Street.

Heat 3 of Paisley’s Got Talent will be taking place at Johnston Street starting at 1 pm. Who will be the last contestants to book their place in the Grand Final, and be in with a chance to win the £1,000.00 star prize?
Judges this week will include up-and-coming Paisley singer-songwriter Lisa Kowalski.

But before our Paisley’s Got Talent contest gets underway, Pirate Pete will kick off the fun at Johnston Street at 11.30am!

Plus there will be face painting, balloon modelling and goodies for the children!

It’s an event not to be missed so get along to Johnston Street this Saturday!

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Welcome to Paisley – Completed mural heralds new arrival at Gilmour Street

Paisley’s vibrant art scene has welcomed a new arrival to the town with the completion of a Paisley First mural inside the town’s main train station.

L-R – Artist Sandy Guy with Heather Collins, ScotRail Alliance’s Station Manager for Paisley, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Caroline Gormley

Paisley First, with the support of the Scotrail Alliance, commissioned local artist Caroline Gormley to produce an artwork for a wall on the corridor to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Commuters and visitors to the town have been amazed as they watched the transformation during the summer as Caroline and co-artist Sandy Guy worked tirelessly on the wall.

The talented duo have painted iconic people, places and historic moments from the town’s past – everything from a mill girl, a burning witch and Gerry Rafferty to Fulton Mackay, the Russell Institute and the Hillman Imp car.

Braveheart William Wallace and Caroline’s previous Buddie artwork are also highlighted.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said: “More than four million passengers pass through Gilmour Street, the town’s largest railway station, every year.”

“Caroline and Sandy’s hard work has had visitors to the town captivated as they watched it develop day by day.”

“The finished work is amazing and it’s a great way to tell Paisley’s story while providing a warm Paisley welcome for people using the station from near and far.”

The project came to fruition thanks to the support of station managers, the ScotRail Alliance.

Heather Collins, the ScotRail Alliance’s Station Manager for Paisley, said: “The station team at Paisley, along with myself and all the train crews who pass through, love this mural.

“It brings Paisley’s heritage and famous residents to life and tells the town’s story to the many rail travellers who use the station every year. Well done to Caroline and Sandy.”

Artist Caroline Gormley, who completed the work with co-artist Sandy Guy, said: “First port of call is getting on the train that brings you to Gilmour Street station, the gateway to Paisley and its vibrant culture, which will definitely give you something to write home about.”

“It’s a celebration of Paisley people, their vision, enthusiasm, positivity, determination, humour and hard work.”

“Paisley wouldn’t have heritage if it wasn’t for the people of the town, this has been the case throughout our history and it continues today.”

“The use of the postcard was to add an element of humour, also the postcard may be seen as a thing of the past when it comes to communication but people have to look to their past in order to create a better, brighter future.”

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Paisley Got Talent Auditions at County Square tomorrow

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there will be total of twelve acts performing with an age range of 8-38 years old. There is something for everyone ranging from singers, dancers, guitarists and even a ukulele player.

Get on down to County Square tomorrow where the fun will kick off from 11am when Tickles the Clown (Insert photo) will be there to entertain the younger buddies before the main attraction of the day – the second heat of Paisley’s Got Talent  where Big Al will be on stage to introduce the next twelve entrants to our competition.

Come along and show your support for our very own talented Paisley Buddies, all vying for the Paisley’s Got Talent trophy and Grand Final Prize of £1000 – still time to get your entries in for the final heat on 12th August!!

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Buddie (Insert photo), the Paisley First Mascot will also be making appearances throughout the day to entertain the audience and provide photo opportunities. Kirsty will also be present between 12-3pm for face-painting and balloon modeling for all our younger little Buddies. The day will end with an acoustic set on stage until 4.30 pm.

 

Come on down to our Summer Spree, have some fun, and all for FREE!!!!

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Paisley is the place to be this summer – free fun for all the family!

As part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017, there will be everything from children’s entertainers, live music and story-telling taking place at County Square starting this Saturday, 8th July from 10.30am until 5pm.

This Saturday, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, Cheeko the Clown will be entertaining kids of all ages with balloons galore and more than a few tricks up his sleeve!

From 1.30pm until 3pm, Paisley band The Spuds will be providing music to our ears.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will be a children’s DJ and disco for those who just want to dance dance dance – from 3pm to 5pm!

Buddie the Paisley Lion, Paisley First’s mascot, is also planning to make an appearance!

So if you want some free family entertainment while shopping or popping into town for lunch, head to Paisley this Saturday.

You can also check out the Paisley First murals – with the fantastic artworks now at Johnston Street, Lady Lane, Lawn Street and Storie Street.

Plus you can see the fabulous artwork in progress by local artist Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy at Paisley Gilmour Street Railway station – what a welcome to Paisley!

There’s also still time to enter our fabulous contest – Paisley’s Got Talent!

We have had loads of entries already but there’s still time for more, headto http://www.paisleyfirst.com/projects/paisleys-got-talent/ for more details.

Entries can be made by individuals or groups and can include comedians, singers, dancers, magicians and anything else you believe is a special talent you want to share!

The first heat will be taking place on Saturday 15th July at 1.30pm in the town’s County Square with further heats taking place on Saturday 29th July and Saturday 12th August 2017.

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 26th August 2017 with cash prizes to be won!

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Unleashing Paisley Potential – Makers Space comes to Paisley

Paisley First is putting the finishing touches to a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector with the creation of a dedicated Makers Space.

This exciting new project will unleash Paisley potential by providing local artisans, artists or traders with a physical space for open collaboration, idea creation, prototyping and even selling.

The maker space will provide spaces where members share available tools and resources, and a dedicated space whereby parties can sell their arts, crafts and wares to the general public.

Members will draw inspiration from their peers to create a support network – the key to success for any budding entrepreneur!

Paisley First has secured the use of the former church at 5 Wellmeadow Street.

Renovation works are due to begin during July and the first makers are scheduled to move in at the end of September.

Spaces will be available on easy terms and we aim to have the site bustling with a wide variety of artisans by the end of this year.

With a showroom and sales area on site, Paisley First intends to market unique hand made products and bring an increased level of footfall to the High Street which will benefit all traders within the town centre.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting new venture then visit www.paisleyfirst.com for further details and to complete an initial enquiry form to register interest in securing a space.

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Work is completed at Lady Lane Mural

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has completed the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

Pictured left to right – Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron, Sharon Breen of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, David Eagle of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Kevin Cantwell

This stunning work incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare who own the wall which now proudly displays the mural, said: “We were delighted when our funeral home was identified as the next location for a mural and it’s been great to be involved with such an inspiring community project.”

‘’Community is at the heart of Co-op and we’re always happy to support such incredible local talent. The mural truly represents the roots of Paisley and we hope the residents are as delighted with it as we are.’’

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “Kevin is a well-known artist in Paisley whose commissions are always popular thanks to the level of detail in his work and the same rings true at Lady Lane, it really is beautiful.”

“We were delighted to be able to bring a mural to Lady Lane, it’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre.”

Artist Kevin Cantwell said: “It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really do add to the vibrancy of the town.”

“It’s always great to see art bringing happiness to people and making them smile.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these stunning murals through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.”

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is to showcase the creative talent within the town and highlight Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike. The latest mural at Lady Lane by popular local artist Kevin Cantwell does just that.”

“The existing murals in the town are fantastic examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings and I believe this new artwork will help encourage people to explore the amazing sights around Paisley.”

This is the fourth mural in the Paisley First Walls Series with the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street and Lawn Street already boasting artworks which are attracting visitors to the town.

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Paisley’s Got Talent – will you be our winner this summer?

We all know that Buddies are a talented bunch but do you have what it takes to win the Paisley First crown this summer? 

As part of our Saturday schedule of free entertainment in the town centre during the school holidays, we are launching a talent competition to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield! 

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley so whatever your talent, you need to be in it to win it!

Entry forms are available online now at www.paisleyfirst.com 

Entries can be made by individuals or groups and can include comedians, singers, dancers, magicians and anything else you believe is a special talent you want to share! 

The first heat will be taking place on Saturday 15th July at 1.30pm in the town’s County Square with further heats taking place on Saturday 29th July and Saturday 12th August 2017. 

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 26th August 2017 with cash prizes to be won! 

To take part, you must be a resident of Renfrewshire and not part of a professional act. 

Participants under the age of sixteen will need a parent or guardian’s written permission to take part. 

First prize will be £1,000.00 cash with all finalists receiving £250.00! 

The competition is just one of a number of events in Paisley this summer as part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017! 

Children’s entertainers, live music and story-telling will be taking place every Saturday from 8th July until 26th August from 10.30am until 5pm.