Paisley Museum

A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

For further information on Magic in the Nursery, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Bazinga---Grand-Opening

Superheroes, Villains, Comics, Collectables

Bazinga Comics located at Unit 50 of the in shops in the Paisley Shopping Centre, will bring a new lease of life to an empty shop unit. All the latest comic books, branded t-shirts and collectables such as trading cards and replica models will be on offer at the new shop.

Bazinga---Grand-OpeningGuest appearances from superheroes as well as competitions and a raffle to get involved in. With a wide range of comics with a variety of age and theme, there will be something for all ages at Bazinga Comics. The shop will be open from 9am and owner Muz Fraser expects a busy day as the town centre will be busy with the councils Firework Spooktacular.

Muz said “The nearest proper comic store is in Glasgow ,so why have the people of Paisley travel when they can spend money and time in their own town and reinvigorate it” He is a massive comic book fan and got into comics back in 1997. He has put a lot of work into the shop and is extremely thankful for all the support his family and friends have given him .

Lorna manager of neighbouring Helen’s Haberdashery said “Paisley now seems to moving in the right direction with new bars and restaurants opening in Shuttle Street, and new shops opening up in shops that have been empty for far too long, and now we have a brilliant Graphic novel store opening – exciting times”

Contact: Ian William James Findlay

ian @one- chance.co.uk

the spree

Paisley Spree is a triumph
Six months of planning, 24 events and nearly 3,000 people made last weekend’s new national festival, The Spree, a triumph.

The music, arts and comedy festival launches Paisley’s Year of the Mod and showed just how well the town is suited to holding major cultural events. Next October, the Spree will wrap round the Mod; making Paisley the focal point for Scottish music, drama and comedy.

the spreePeople from Tokyo, Texas, Ireland and throughout the UK visited Paisley to see artists such as Roddy Frame, Damien Dempsey and Karen Matheson, Fidil and Chemikal Underground. They also enjoyed some rip-roaring comedy: Craig Hill’s outrageous Jock’s Trap!, lunchtime improvisation, kids’ comedy and Saturday night’s Best of Scottish Comedy in association with the Stand comedy club.

A Spiegeltent was shipped in from Holland and local people watched on in amazement as this spectacular venue was erected in Paisley’s County Square within 24 hours.

There were four partners involved in funding and delivering the project; Creative Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, EventScotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:

“The Spree was a great success. We were proud to welcome so many visitors to Paisley and, of course, Renfrewshire’s people got the chance of a great night out on their door step.

“The Spree shows us all how a real town setting like Paisley does can add to a festival’s character. The Abbey and the Spiegeltent were fantastic venues, the town’s people welcomed our visitors in the best Paisley spirit and the atmosphere around the town lively and friendly.”

The Spree organisers worked closely with local organisations such as: Reid Kerr College, who assisted with the photography and radio interviews; the University of West of Scotland, who are working on the festival evaluation; Loud ‘n’ Proud, a local youth charity who help develop young musicians in Scotland; and PACE Youth Theatre.

The festival ended yesterday with a full day of Celtic Connections that included a flavour of the Danny Kyle Stage. Previous finalists such as Breabach and Craig Jeffrey entertained a full Spiegeltent audience who were then treated to a Scottish exclusive performance by Francois and the Atlas Mountains.

Amanda Moulson, Renfrewshire Council’s Town Centres and Events Manager added:

“The Spree has had a great impact on Paisley and has placed us firmly on Scottish events map; proving that great things can happen in towns as well as cities. We’re happy to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended a Spree event and who supported the festival in its first year.

“Paisley can prepare for an even a bigger Spree next year as we welcome the National Royal Mòd.”

www.thespree.co.uk

addison

Holy Trinity St. Barnabas Church will play host to a renowned London choir. On the 3rd November, The Addison Singers from Kensington, under the direction of David Wordsworth, will perform a variety of traditional and modern pieces.

It has been said that ‘the music the Addison Singers perform, other choirs perform twelve months later’ due to their programme of innovative contemporary pieces. They have been winners eight times of the prestigious PRS Music prize for new music, having had several celebrated composers write pieces for them. One such composer, Bob Chilcott, is president of the choir and they were fortunate to perform under his baton in a memorable concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Sharing the platform for the evening will be Aria, a local female vocal ensemble, directed by Paisley Voices Chairman, Jim Drennan. Having been guests of the Addison Singers in London two years ago, Aria are extremely excited to be working with such a fantastic group of singers once again.

Aria’s fresh varied programme has won them many accolades and prizes including the Orpheus Trophy at the Glasgow Music Festival and as Regional winners in the BBC Choir of the Year competition.

The joint concert promises to be an evening of choral excellence. The concert begins at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas St James’ Place, St James’ Street, Paisley and tickets priced £8 and £6 concession will be available on the door or from Print and Copy it, High Street Paisley or from Sandie McGregor 07730555009. Further information available at www.paisleyvoices.co.uk

Aria Addison Poster A4 PDF

taylor-wilson

Following on from the success of the SPREE festival, Voices in Paisley, offers a short programme of exciting concerts and recitals for 2012.

The Paisley Voices festival welcomes Mezzo soprano, Taylor Wilson, for a concert of songs from all over the world entitled ‘Alchemy’.

The multi-lingual vocalist has recently returned from a tour in Hong Kong and a University series around Scotland. She is famed for her rich tone and dramatic story-telling and has been highly praised for her thrilling live performances.

Taylor will be accompanied by Karen McVicar on piano and accordion (PRS British composer award 2010) and by Rudi de Groote on cello (principal cellist Orchestra of Scottish Opera).

The concert will take place on 2nd November at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas Church, St. James’ Street, Paisley. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions and are available from Print and Copy it, High Street, Paisley or by telephoning 0141-887-4202. Further information available at www.paisleyvoices.co.uk

Taylor Wilson Poster PDF

Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow Airport

A Glasgow woman has won a ‘dream’ flight on a state-of-the-art new aircraft which will make its maiden voyage from the city’s airport next year.

 

Thomson Airways has revealed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be named ‘Living the Dream’ after inviting suggestions on Twitter.

 

Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow AirportNicola Thomson’s idea was chosen from more than 2,000 entries and she recently visited Glasgow Airport to unveil the name on a model of the futuristic aircraft, in advance of the real thing arriving in May 2013. The judging panel was moved by the story behind Nicola’s entry, which she dedicated to Great Britain’s sporting achievements this year and her own personal triumph recovering from neuro surgery.

 

As well as naming the Dreamliner, Nicola will experience it for herself when Thomson becomes the first UK airline to take delivery of the aircraft next year. Glasgow Airport will also be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner, with Thomson operating weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico, and Sanford, Florida.

 

Nicola said: “I’m thrilled to name such an amazing plane. I wanted to propose a name that summarises the unique experience for passengers on board Thomson’s Dreamliner and was inspired by what an amazing year 2012 has been – from the inspiring Olympic and Paralympics achievements and for me on a personal level after surviving neuro surgery. After a full recovery I feel fantastic and can’t wait to celebrate naming the Dreamliner with a trip on board. I really do feel like I’m ‘Living the Dream’!”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Nicola’s story clearly made an impression and we are delighted for her. To be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner is a huge honour for us, and it is all the more special that the first one to operate on these shores has been named in Glasgow. The Dreamliner is at the cutting edge of aircraft design and it will provide Scottish passengers with a unique flying experience.”

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the public to #nameourplane when judging the entries. However, we were moved by Nicola’s inspiring story which meant that ‘Living the Dream’ really stood out. We’re delighted to be the first UK airline to fly the 787 Dreamliner and its arrival marks an exciting time for Thomson Airways and our customers. It was only fitting to name one of these revolutionary aircraft in an equally innovative way.

 

“Nicola not only gets to name of our state-of-the-art aircraft, but will also fly on-board and enjoy a host of ground-breaking features designed to make her in-flight experience more enjoyable. We feel that this is the perfect way to give something back to our customers and make one of them a part of our history as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

For more please visit www.glasgowairport.com

taylor wilson

Taylor Wilson

Alchemy

Voices in Paisley Festival Fringe,

at Holy trinity & St Barnabas Church

St James Place, St James Street, Paisley, PA3

Tickets £8 / £6 conc

Time 8pm (Doors open 7.30)

Box Office 0141 887 4202

www.taylorwilson.com

www.faceook.com/taylorwilsonvocalist

Anna MacDonald

MUSICAL MILLS

A celebration of Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage

PAISLEY THREAD MILL MUSEUM

MILE END MILL

SEEDHILL ROAD, PAISLEY

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 12- 4PM

ENTRY FREE

 

  • MUSIC     
  • HISTORY
  • POETRY
  • ART…

 

…four good reasons to celebrate Paisley (as if you needed a reason!) and you’ll find all of them at Musical Mills in the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November.  Weaving Musical Threads and University of the West of Scotland orchestrate an afternoon of some of the best talent to be found in Renfrewshire. Not to mention a few guests from its sunny Glasgow suburbs.  Here are just some of the names who’ll lend their talents to a symphony of culture and entertainment:

 

Sandy Stoddart

Yes, you’ve blinked and his name is still there!  Musical Mills hosts the premier of a new, never before revealed artwork from the internationally acclaimed sculptor!

 

Graham Fulton

Paisley punk poet extraordinaire and author of such collections as The Iron Bar Man and Speed of Dark

 

Dave Manderson

Author of the critically acclaimed novel, Lost Bodies.  Read this and you’ll never walk alone in the dark again!

 

Brian Whittingham

Reading poems from his new collection, Clocking in Clocking out, recently launched from the Titan Crane in Clydebank (not Brian, the book)

 

Anna MacDonald

“…has angelic vocal tones so hair raising, it’s like walking down a cobbled street with a Scottish breeze sneaking up your neck ….” (Ark Magazine); Anna will premier her beautiful new song, based on the Mill Girls poetry – yes indeed – those same mill gals you’ll be meeting!

 

Pauline Vallance

Winner of the 2009 Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Pauline delivers her own unique and inventive brand of clarsach and vocals.  Eat your heart out, Cowell!!

Throughout the day, the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Gwen McKerrell, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) will bring you their perspective in verse of what was good, great or fair to middling about life in the mills for the thousands of women who worked there.   We’ll also have the eloquent Ray Evans, winner of the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Poetry competition; G W Colkitto from Read Raw Ltd, Jim Gilbert, one half of musical duo A Wing and a Prayer, and Wullie Purcell, the oldest man in Paisley, reciting songs and poetry on his 200 year old guitar.

 

And if all that isn’t harmonious enough, we’ll have art from Karen James, and a special film interlude that will take you back in time to the Paisley that was.  Or you could just drop by for a chat and a look round the Museum and its many archives.

 

Oh yes, and if you’ve never heard Gerry Rafferty performed on a harp before, now’s your chance!

 

Join the Musical Mills symphony.

 

And last but not least, another good reason to celebrate Paisley:–

 

ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOMED WITH A FREE DRINK!

Sarkar Defence Solutions of Hillington has become the 100th local business to sign up to Renfrewshire Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

The company, which manufactures and exports body armour products, received its certificate at a recent Invest in Renfrewshire business breakfast hosted by Council Leader, Mark Macmillan at Reid Kerr College.
The Invest in Renfrewshire programme encourages Renfrewshire businesses to recruit and train local unemployed young people. In return the council can provide support for the businesses in the form of employment subsidies, training support and business loans and funds to help the businesses grow.

Since the scheme was launched in June, a wide range of businesses have signed up, from new enterprises to established multi-million-pound companies such as Steel Engineering of Renfrew.

Sam Sarkar, Managing Director of Sarkar Defence Solutions, said, “As a business that started up in this area, we’re pleased to be supporting the Invest in Renfrewshire programme. We’ve recently taken on a local graduate intern under the scheme and they will be working on some of our marketing projects over the next seven months. Working with a global company like ours will give them a lot of valuable experience.

“The council’s Invest in Renfrewshire team has been very helpful in helping us with our plans to develop our factory in Hillington.”

Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said, “It’s great that local businesses like Sarkar Defence Solutions are supporting Invest in Renfrewshire. There are clear benefits for the business and for local young people who are struggling to find work at the moment. I would encourage all local businesses, big and small, to sign up to the programme.”

For more information on the Invest in Renfrewshire programme, go to www.investinrenfrewshire.com or call 0300 3000 144.

paisley from drone

New Recruit for Renfrewshire Chamber The Chamber has been supporting Renfrewshire Councils, The Recruit since it started in 2010. Based loosely around the BBC’s The Apprentice, a number of secondary school leavers under take a summer of business related challenges.

The Top Recruits win real paid jobs for a year – with the Chamber offering the position of Management Trainee. This year’s winner was Alison Fraser from Elderslie who went to Johnston High.

Commenting on her Recruit experience, Alison said “Throughout The Recruit programme I made many new friends, gained various different skills and greatly improved my confidence. And of course I won my job in the Chamber – which I still can’t believe I got! Being at the Chamber for a month, it has opened my mind to many diverse aspects of work and I have been introduced to many influential people who have put given me great advice.

Throughout my year here I hope to meet many more fascinating people, hear about their businesses and how they have achieved their success. After my year at the Chamber I plan on going to The University of the West of Scotland to study Social Sciences.

For more info on the Chamber visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Photographed – Recruit host George Bowie, Chamber job winner Alison Fraser and Chamber CEO Bob Davidson
Regards,

 

paisley from drone

Renfrewshire Chamber for the 2nd year running has been shortlisted with 5 others chambers across the entire UK (from a total of 51) for the prestigious BCC Chamber of the Year.

Chamber President Tom Johnston, delighted with the official shortlisting commented “once again well done to all the Chamber Team and the Chamber Board.

Renfrewshire Chamber punches way above its weight in the Chamber network – and I am confident this will be recognised nationally. I will be joining members of the team at the official ceremony, when the winner is announced at the end of November in Guildhall, London.”

For more info on the chamber please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

paisley from drone

The Chamber, at the September networking lunch, recognised a number of key mentors – that between them have mentored, for free, a significant number of local businesses from all sectors.

Linda Perry the Chamber’s Mentoring Exec’ presented 6 mentors with an official mentoring certificate. Commenting on the mentoring programme, Bob Davidson, Chamber CEO said “I encourage all growing businesses to get in touch with Linda and find out how mentoring can help their business grow & prosper.

You are gaining the valuable experience and views of business men and women from across Renfrewshire and beyond – many of them very senior. It’s a great programme and Renfrewshire Chamber have helped hundreds of companies gain access to a business mentor.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our mentors for giving up their valuable time to help others.” Mentors recognised included:

  • Colin Neill – Diageo
  • David Hoey – BTO,
  • David Scouller – DPS Agency,
  • Gary Ennis – NSDesign,
  • Sheena Kitchin- Scotland by Design and Tina Beales.

For more info visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

or contact Linda Perry at lperry@renfrewshirechamber.com / 0141 847 5458 / 07525 323500