Paisley Photographs, official Paisley website containing Photographs of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland with some superb videos of Paisley and the town.

Paisley Doors Open Day 2012 by JMS

Paisley Photographs

Doors Open Day taken by JMS for Paisley Photographs and community website. If you have any photographs you would like to submit then please send them to brian@paisley.org.uk

 

Paisley Photographs Day

Paisley Photographs Day will take place on Paisley Doors Open day 2012, what better day to offer you a personal photographic challenge?

This is a chance to take part in something unique. We are challenging you to take a Paisley Photograph on 8th September, Doors Open Day. Now the rules for this are pretty simple and all ages can take part.

paisley town hallWherever you are and at any time of day on 8th September you simply take one picture and send it into us with your details. We need:

  • Your name and email
  • Who shot it.
  • Where it was taken.
  • What it is a picture of.
  • Why did you choose this?

I hear some of you saying “But I’m not in Paisley!”  No problem! If you’re from Paisley and have moved abroad, take a photo of wherever you are on 8th September, anywhere in the world. For those of you on different planets, I can’t wait to see the results…

This will be a snapshot of life taken by Paisley folk, wherever they are, on one day and shared with everyone, so capture something that means a lot to you.

We have to have some simple rules and they can’t be bent, however long I’ve know you or if even if you offer me money!

  • Do not take pictures of children, this goes without saying. However if it is your child or a friend’s child and you have permission then great.
  • People must give their consent, street photography is very cool but permission must be asked. Without permission their faces must either not be visible or they are in a group of people. If you are photographing the High Street then use common sense.
  • Rude or offensive material will be binned immediately.
  • I am not against showing negative images of the town as everywhere has undesirable areas. But please don’t go out of your way to focus on that, try to be positive.
  • Make sure your photo does not show nudity, unless it’s of an animal – they’re all naked right?

 

By sending in one photo, we assume your permission to copy the photo to add to our collection of images. All credit will be given, and we shall not use it for any purpose other than for the Paisley Photo Challenge.

So it’s very simple, take a photo and send it in to brian@paisley.org.uk or via twitter or Facebook.

HAVE FUN!

We will be organising photo tours on that day as it coincides with Paisley Doors Open day 2012. For more information on these, watch this space.

This is not a competition, there are no prizes apart from seeing your photo on the Paisley.org.uk website, it is a personal challenge, enjoy!

paisley town hall

Paisley Photographs

Below is the gallery of images that people in and around Paisley have been taking today, the gallery will grow as the day goes on, if you would like to add an image to our Paisley photographs gallery then send them in to brian@paisley.org.uk full credit will be given and the photo remains the copyright of its owner. (Please do not use any images without permission)

Paisley Photographs Day

Paisley Photographs Day will take place on Paisley Doors Open day 2012, what better day to offer you a personal photographic challenge?

This is a chance to take part in something unique. We are challenging you to take a Paisley Photograph on 8th September, Doors Open Day. Now the rules for this are pretty simple and all ages can take part.

paisley town hallWherever you are and at any time of day on 8th September you simply take one picture and send it into us with your details. We need:

  • Your name and email
  • Who shot it.
  • Where it was taken.
  • What it is a picture of.
  • Why did you choose this?

I hear some of you saying “But I’m not in Paisley!”  No problem! If you’re from Paisley and have moved abroad, take a photo of wherever you are on 8th September, anywhere in the world. For those of you on different planets, I can’t wait to see the results…

This will be a snapshot of life taken by Paisley folk, wherever they are, on one day and shared with everyone, so capture something that means a lot to you.

We have to have some simple rules and they can’t be bent, however long I’ve know you or if even if you offer me money!

  • Do not take pictures of children, this goes without saying. However if it is your child or a friend’s child and you have permission then great.
  • People must give their consent, street photography is very cool but permission must be asked. Without permission their faces must either not be visible or they are in a group of people. If you are photographing the High Street then use common sense.
  • Rude or offensive material will be binned immediately.
  • I am not against showing negative images of the town as everywhere has undesirable areas. But please don’t go out of your way to focus on that, try to be positive.
  • Make sure your photo does not show nudity, unless it’s of an animal – they’re all naked right?

 

By sending in one photo, we assume your permission to copy the photo to add to our collection of images. All credit will be given, and we shall not use it for any purpose other than for the Paisley Photo Challenge.

So it’s very simple, take a photo and send it in to brian@paisley.org.uk or via twitter or Facebook.

HAVE FUN!

We will be organising photo tours on that day as it coincides with Paisley Doors Open day 2012. For more information on these, watch this space.

This is not a competition, there are no prizes apart from seeing your photo on the Paisley.org.uk website, it is a personal challenge, enjoy!

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Paisley Photo Day

(click here for Gallery)

Paisley Photo Day will take place on Paisley Doors Open day 2012, what better day to offer you a personal photographic challenge?

This is a chance to take part in something unique. We are challenging you to take a Paisley Photograph on 8th September, Doors Open Day. Now the rules for this are pretty simple and all ages can take part.

paisley town hallWherever you are and at any time of day on 8th September you simply take one picture and send it into us with your details. We need:

  • Your name and email
  • Who shot it.
  • Where it was taken.
  • What it is a picture of.
  • Why did you choose this?

I hear some of you saying “But I’m not in Paisley!”  No problem! If you’re from Paisley and have moved abroad, take a photo of wherever you are on 8th September, anywhere in the world. For those of you on different planets, I can’t wait to see the results…

This will be a snapshot of life taken by Paisley folk, wherever they are, on one day and shared with everyone, so capture something that means a lot to you.

We have to have some simple rules and they can’t be bent, however long I’ve know you or if even if you offer me money!

  • Do not take pictures of children, this goes without saying. However if it is your child or a friend’s child and you have permission then great.
  • People must give their consent, street photography is very cool but permission must be asked. Without permission their faces must either not be visible or they are in a group of people. If you are photographing the High Street then use common sense.
  • Rude or offensive material will be binned immediately.
  • I am not against showing negative images of the town as everywhere has undesirable areas. But please don’t go out of your way to focus on that, try to be positive.
  • Make sure your photo does not show nudity, unless it’s of an animal – they’re all naked right?

 

By sending in one photo, we assume your permission to copy the photo to add to our collection of images. All credit will be given, and we shall not use it for any purpose other than for the Paisley Photo Challenge.

So it’s very simple, take a photo and send it in to brian@paisley.org.uk or via twitter or Facebook.

HAVE FUN!

We will be organising photo tours on that day as it coincides with Paisley Doors Open day 2012. For more information on these, watch this space.

This is not a competition, there are no prizes apart from seeing your photo on the Paisley.org.uk website, it is a personal challenge, enjoy!

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Paisley War Memorial

New Paisley war memorial

New Paisley war memorial marks the fallen from 70 years of conflict

A new war memorial was unveiled in Paisley on Saturday 1 September. The memorial marks the sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors and aircrew from Renfrewshire killed in the 22 conflicts involving British forces since the end of World War II.

The dedication ceremony was attended by 120 guests including the Lord Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall and representatives from the Royal British Legion Scotland and local schools.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Alan Birss and Monsignor John Tormey. The memorial was unveiled by Charles McLachlan of Co-operative Funeral Care and James Wilson of the Royal Engineers’ Association.

The inspiration for the new memorial has come from the Royal British Legion Scotland. James Gaughan, Chairman of the Paisley Comrades Branch said, “We were in France a couple of years ago looking at the graves and war memorials. All these young boys were left over there to be buried and we wanted to do something to mark their sacrifice.

“The British Army usually buries its dead on the battlefield and this memorial gives relations somewhere where they can come and remember their loved ones. People can look at this memorial and think, ‘My papa or my granddad fought there, in Borneo or Cyprus or Korea.”

Mr Gaughan counts himself fortunate. He was wounded three times while serving with the 1st Battalion of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in a military career that spanned 25 years. He said, “I was lucky, my wife never got that chap on the door.”

Sadly John McLachlan’s family did get, ‘that chap on the door.’ John was 18 years old when he was killed in Korea while serving with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. His brother, Charles was just five at the time but remembers the sadness in the house. “John was posted missing in action. It was two years before we knew he was dead. We had some hope for those two years. We had to wait till all the prisoners of war were released in 1953 before we got John’s death certificate. We never got his remains.

“This memorial will be good for Renfrewshire and for my brother. This will give us somewhere where we can remember him. This is the first time that all these wars have been thought of or recognised. All these young lads lost their lives and there hasn’t been anything to mark them.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall, said, “There has hardly been a year since 1945 that British forces haven’t been in action somewhere in the world. The names of these conflicts span the globe from the deserts of Dhofar to the jungles of Borneo.

“Many of the conflicts are hardly known here so it is right and proper that we name them and remember the brave soldiers, sailors and aircrew from Renfrewshire who lie in graveyards in far off countries.”

The memorial marks the fallen from fighting in: Aden, Afghanistan, Borneo, Bosnia, Brunei, Cyprus, Dhofar, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, India, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Malaya, Northern Ireland, Oman, Palestine, Radfan, Sierra Leone, Suez, the Cold War and Vietnam.

It has been erected with the support of Co-operative Funeral Care, McLaughlan Glaziers, the Paisley branch of the Royal Engineers’ Association, Renfrewshire Council, the Stirling Castle Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and Barclays Bank.

British Legion..

All Paisley Photographs taken by Jean-Marie Stewart for www.paisley.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

More information

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.

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The Mission Hall

The Mission Hall in the West End of Paisley was a building approved for demolition by Renfrewshire Council. It was rescued and lovingly restored by Starlight Youth Music Theatre Group owners Maria & Adrian with help from their friends and family.

Paisley on the web visited the Mission Hall to find the building not only restored but now having a purpose once again, it is such a beautiful building. The building has been restored to a make home for Starlight Youth Music Theatre group, find out more information below the video.

 

Starlight Youth Music Theatre

Starlight is a theatre company which was established in 2002 for young people aged between 3 and 19 years. We have our own, newly refurbished premises at 16 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley, where we meet for rehearsals on a weekly basis. In our classes we are constantly working towards the next performance in which we aim to achieve the highest standards possible.

Starlight offers both a high standard of training in all aspects of musical theatre as well as giving you the chance to take part in a fully staged show with lights, sound, costumes, scenery and a full orchestra.

To find out more about Starlight Youth Music Theatre visit their website starlightyouthmusictheatre.co.uk

 

Paisley 10k Photographs

Paisley 10k Photographs

First Pics: Sunday the 26th of August saw runners pound the streets and we will have all the Paisley 10k Photographs to show you. The run was officially started by Phil Packer MBE (see text below).

Also the Fun Run, which took place on the same day, is a great day out for families and friends. It’s a great way for all the family to keep fit and raise money for a good cause.

The Paisley 10k Road Race is one of the flattest and fastest courses with easy transport access. The course, which was the same course as last year, is accredited by Scottish Athletics as an accurate 10k distance.

Here is the first selection of the Paisley 10k Photographs, more will be available tomorrow (Monday 27th).

All photographs were taken by Annie Crawford for Paisley on the web.

You can find out more about the Paisley 10k by visiting here.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

Phil Packer The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com

Lighting up Shakespeare combines Jacobean history (the period when Shakespeare’s plays were written and first performed) with the latest LED technology to authentically and safely create a unique audience experience. The project came from my own interest as a lighting designer; I wondered how it might have looked and how lighting could alter the dynamics of a theatre.

The project provides two aspects to the Jacobean stage; covering the stage with light as if lit by chandeliers and using prop lighting such as cressets and lanterns.  Chandeliers hung over the stage and also provided light onto the audience.  Cressets provided light at the front doors of the theatre and were then moved to the stage to add side light once the play started.  These items would have used tallow (animal fat) with a wick made from rush or flax.

Footlights added extra light and were basic to begin with; merely oil lamps placed at the front of the stage but later with advances from Nicola Sabbatini, became more technical and even had methods of “dimming”.

I originally wanted to recreate the Jacobean stage but the wide eyed look from my health and safety manager made me reconsider and that got me thinking… How do you recreate candle-light? How can we keep history alive without the health and safety risks?  My answer?  LEDs.

LED or Light Emitting Diode to give it its full title, have boomed in to the market of recent years and have been incorporated in to what seems like just about everything.  The main advantage to LEDs is their mono-chromaticity.  Now, this does present its own problems but if you took a normal tungsten light bulb and you dimmed it, you would notice it turning a more orange colour; its colour temperature changes.  If you dim an LED, its colour temperature does not change thus making it much easier to match the colour of the candle along with the light level or lux level.

Both stage lighting and prop lighting have two elements; the colour and the flicker. The tallow creates an orange-yellow flame, more orange than a modern day candle and not as bright.  To achieve this match, I used two different colour combinations: red, green and blue and orange, white and green.  When projected on to a reference white background, both combinations produced an exact metamer (colour match) to the tallow candle.

There’s so much more information I’d like to share with you on this project so please visit my website www.lightingupshakespeare.wordpress.com

Emma Armstrong is Stage Technician for Renfrewshire Arts and Museums, Scotland. There will be a “Lighting up Shakespeare” exhibition at Paisley Museum, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  It will be a small exhibition all about the work I have done on this project.  This opens on August 22nd 2012 and will run for 10 weeks.  I will also be presenting a paper at the Glasgow Progress in Colour Studies Conference on July 11th 2012.

Second set of Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

If you have any photographs of Paisley and surrounding areas and would like your images to feature on here then please send them into brian@paisley.org.uk full credit will be given.

All of the Paisley Photographs taken by Cameron Pollock for www.paisley.org.uk