The Spree Festival

A show by one of Scotland’s top musicians is attracting international interest to a new Paisley festival.

And such has been the interest in the performance by Roddy Frame that ticket buyers from Houston, Renfrewshire, to Houston, Texas, have made the show a sell-out.

The show, in Paisley Abbey on October 27, will be one of the highlights of The Spree, Paisley’s national festival, which takes place from 25-28 October.

Organisers of the inaugural festival, which also features a range of music and comedy acts, are delighted at the response to the Roddy Frame performance which has also attracted gig-goers from Germany and Japan, as well as across the UK and Ireland.

“It’s brilliant to be part of this new festival and to learn that so many fans are willing to travel so far to see the show,” said Roddy Frame.  “I’m also looking forward to performing in a working abbey – that will be a first!”

Lisa Whytock, who is programming the Spree, said:  “We are really excited to see that news of The Spree has spread so quickly across the world.”

The concert goers from Houston in Scotland and Houston in the USA are both long-standing Roddy Frame fans.

Scott MacKay from Houston, Renfrewshire, said: “I was delighted to learn of The Spree festival in Paisley as I have travelled to gigs and festivals all over the UK and it is brilliant to see this level of talent on my doorstep.

“I have also seen Roddy Frame on three previous occasions and it is great that he is coming to see me this time rather than me travelling far to see him.”

Jeffrey Barlow, from Houston, Texas, said:

“Since my first chance to see Roddy perform live (in London, 2002) I’ve tried to attend as many shows as I can. For me The Spree is worth a trip ‘across the pond’ to enjoy the energy, passion, and genius he delivers when performing live.

“This will be my fifth trip to the UK, and eighth live show to see Roddy.

“I saw his concert in Glasgow at the Old Fruit Market in 2006 and have wanted to return to Glasgow since then.  Another reason for making the trip is that my birthday falls on 28 October, so for me this all too rare live show from Roddy is like a birthday gift.”

The four venues to host the events include a specially erected Spiegeltent at County Square, Paisley Abbey, Wynd Centre and Paisley Arts Centre. Roddy Frame’s concert will be held in Paisley Abbey.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival and can be bought through Ticket Scotland and Renfrewshire Council’s box office-  www.tickets-scotland.com / www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thespree.

Paisley Museum

What’s On in Renfrewshire!

We have a fantastic season lined up for what’s on Renfrewshire – tickets now on sale! (all text courtesy of Renfrewshire Council)
Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Online: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

 

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Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Equals

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
FREE

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Paisley MuseumHerstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
Free

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August
Free

The next 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

Pipe bands from across the UK will head to Paisley for the town’s growing Pipe Band Competition this weekend.

Bands from Milngavie to Manchester will take part in the national competition on Saturday 21 July presided over by Depute Provost John Caldwell.

This will be the third Paisley Pipe Band Competition which has become a key event in the lead up to the World Pipe Band Championships with bands coming from further across the UK this year including greater Manchester and Morpeth in Northumberland.

There will also be competitors from Milngavie, East Kilbride and Irvine as well as local bands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

The event kicks off at 12pm with the main band competition taking place in County Square. There will also be a High Street competition from 12.15pm. The day culminates at 5.30pm with all the bands taking part in a ‘march past’ before Depute Provost Caldwell awards the winning competitors with their prizes.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “I am really looking forward to presiding over the Paisley Pipe Band Competition for the first time. It’s great to have bands coming from all over to compete and perform in front of the people of Renfrewshire.

“As well as a competition it’s a fun day of entertainment for everyone and I hope to see lots of people out enjoying the fun.”

Paisley Pipe Band Competition is run by Renfrewshire Council in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

What’s On in Renfrewshire!
We have a fantastic season lined up – tickets now on sale!

Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Online: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Coming up……

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Music: The Rat Pack is Back

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

The first 3 people to email us at ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk with ‘VIP TICKETS PLEASE’ in the subject will win a pair VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets, where lucky winners will be invited backstage to meet the band and have their photograph taken with the Las Vegas legends.!

Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Equals

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
FREE

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Herstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
Free

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August
Free

Every 1000th, 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

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Saturday 7th July saw this year’s Sma’ Shot Day parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close. 

This year the weather played a major part in the event – the night before the event the contractors who were tasked with setting up the many stalls outside Paisley Town Hall had major problems with the wind and had to construct two large marquees instead. The main parade was also hit by the weather when strong heavy rain tried to dampen spirits just before and during the parade but thankfully the parade and its participants all smiled and braved the rain.

Just as the parade started and was heading towards Neilston Road shops, Tony Lawler the Charleston Drummer hit straight through the side of the drum (which dates back to Napoleonic times) cutting his thumb in the process. The parade was temporarily halted but Tony was made of sterner stuff and the parade snaked its way down to Paisley Town Centre to lots of applause from those watching from the side.

The now traditional pint of lager at the Wellington was a welcome distraction for Tony and a welcome rest for the parade as it reached its half way point. As the parade hit Abbey close the crowds gave it a rapturous reception and the participants could relax.

From the pictures above, you can see the parade from start to finish as well as the excellent BMX Stunt Riders “The Clan”. The video below is the journey from Brodie Park to the end point in Abbey Close, you will notice the rain is a feature in almost all the images!

Thomas Coats Observatory

New season of afternoon viewings launches next week

On Thursday 12 July, Coats Observatory in Paisley launches its regular solar viewing season.

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible.  The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

You can get a closer view of our nearest star by attending one of the solar observing sessions at Coats Observatory. These will run every Thursday afternoon, 2pm-4pm from July 12 to Aug 31 in the garden of Coats Observatory. Telescopes dedicated to safe Sun watching will be set up, allowing visitors to see detail such as sunspots, solar flares and prominences, and observatory staff will be on hand to answer any questions that visitors may have.

Coats Observatory point out that, on a point of safety, the telescopes in use at Coats Observatory to view the Sun are specially designed only for solar viewing. We should never look at the Sun with binoculars, an unfiltered telescope or even with the naked eye as permanent damage to your eyes will occur very quickly.

Admission to the solar viewing events is free and there is no need to book. For further information log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Please note that solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

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Forget expensive foreign travels and rainy British beaches… you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the sea and sun inside from 10 July to 19 August for the Big Summer Chill exhibition.

Like other holidays the fun just begins once you check in, and just like your favourite resort there will be something to see and do for all the family plus some fantastic competitions to be won.

For younger children there is a soft play rock pool and pirate ship where you can dig for the hidden treasure. Older children can have a go at indoor fishing or enjoy our art and reading area, and the whole family can enjoy playing our exciting array of board games with a nautical theme.

There are also great exhibits of weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the sea.

At the big shipwreck exhibit we would like you to share your holiday memories and imagine your ideal holiday destination. This section will continue to grow as visitors, both young and old, are encouraged to contribute their memories and dreams by filling out the luggage tags on display.

Not only will visitors experience the fun and surprise of an authentic holiday in Paisley Museum, every 1000th visitor will win Family Passes to M&D’s Theme Park.

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums service are excited to be organising such an exhibition like Big Summer Chill and visitor assistants at the museum will be delighted to welcome everyone through the doors.

Big Summer Chill will run from 10 July to 19 August and is free.

For further information on our range of events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/museums or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives exhibition at Paisley Museum opens with guest speakers Joe Brady, (Head of Integration at Scottish Refugee Council) and Jimmy Muyanja from Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities, (REEM).

An exhibition of photographs, Sixty Years, Six Lives by Ian Berry (Magnum Photos) to mark 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention, commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for Refugee Week 2012 is now opened at Paisley Museum from runs to Sunday 12 August.

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Joe Brady (SRC) and Jimmy Muyanja (REEM) opened the exhibition with a fascinating talk on the issues refugees face and their contribution to cultural diversity in Scotland.

Joe Brady, Scottish Refugee Council:

The Arts play an important part of the integration process for refugees. It offers opportunities to build bonds, create links and friendships; Sixty Years, Six Lives is a great example of this. The exhibition is a valuable insight into the courage needed to restart your life in different countries. The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Spirit’; the people of Paisley have always shown great spirit and enthusiasm in welcoming refugees. Long may it continue.

The exhibition will precede and run throughout Refugee Week 2012 (June 18-24). It is one of over 110 events that make up the programme for Refugee Week Scotland which celebrates the contributions refugees have made to the UK, and marks 60 years since the lifesaving UN Refugee Convention was created.

Cllr Iain McMillan, Convener of Community and Family Care:

Paisley Museum

This is the third consecutive year that Renfrewshire council’s arts and museums service has participated in Refugee Week Scotland and I am particularly delighted that Paisley museum is hosting this exhibition of specially commissioned work to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN refugee convention. Events such as this provide an opportunity for people to gain insight to, and understanding of, the issues faced by refugees, and are an excellent example of how art and culture can have a positive impact on the lives of those

who connect with it.

Sixty Years, Six Lives runs from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 12 August. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

For further information on our events log onto www.renfrewshire.gov/museums.