Article Source: Renfrewshire Council
First Published: 15 January 2022 15:04
Updated: 15 January 2022 15:04
The Future Paisley Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the fascinating past, present and future of the town, based on its forward-thinking approach to culture-led regeneration.
The free-to-enter interactive exhibition – in the Piazza Shopping Centre – makes innovative use of maps, graphics, 3D digital models and augmented reality to bring Paisley’s story to life like never before.
Future Paisley is the wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future, led by Renfrewshire Council.
The programme continues the momentum generated by Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, which raised the town’s profile at home and abroad saw it become the first town to ever be shortlisted for the prestigious title, four years ago.
The exhibition will show how the town was shaped by Paisley’s proud textile and industrial past, and how current projects are bringing new life by giving new reasons to come into town.
Featured projects include the ongoing £100m investment in the town centre’s historic venues and outdoor spaces, including the transformations of Paisley’s museum and town hall, and the work to build a new modern home for library services in a formerly-vacant High Street unit.
It will also showcase the emerging Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District Scotland currently being built next to Glasgow Airport, which will become the country’s new home for advanced manufacturing.
Other local landmarks to feature include Paisley Abbey, Thomas Coats Memorial Church, the Russell Institute, the TA Building, and the Grand Fountain, as well as the work to create new community-led place plans for Ferguslie and Foxbar.
The physical exhibition will run until Saturday 19 March in Unit 27-28 of the Piazza shopping centre, open every Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm (check the www.paisley.is website for changes to opening times). It will also include a parallel digital exhibition, allowing anyone anywhere to go online and enjoy it.
Visitors will be asked to consider their hopes for the future of the town, and how it can evolve to meet big global challenges of the future such as recovery from Covid and the climate crisis.
Over the coming weeks, school and community groups will visit the exhibition and express their hopes for the future of the town through creative artist-led workshops, leading to a display of art that will feature in the exhibition space from late February.
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to host this exhibition, which takes place at an exciting time for Paisley and Renfrewshire, as we prepare to complete work on several nationally-significant projects in the next couple of years.
“The exhibition shows how the area has evolved over time, showcases the current once-in-a-generation investment, and invites visitors to consider what they want from its future.
“It will include work created by local schools and community groups and offers something for residents of all ages – I’d encourage people to pop in and see for themselves.”
The exhibition will also include a series of ‘Grand Conversazione’ events, where leading figures from the arts, architecture and academia will discuss how urban design and place-shaping can tackle major world issues such as pandemic recovery and the climate emergency.
The Grand Conversazione events are a nod to the town’s past, so-called after a series by the same name hosted by thread baron Sir Thomas Coats, including one to mark the handover of the Coats Observatory – the oldest public observatory in Scotland – back in 1882.
Speakers include Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, who added: “It’s hard to imagine a nation that can match Scotland in terms of culture and heritage. Scots invented much of the modern world and Scotland’s towns are a storybook of our journey as a nation
“Paisley is the best example of all of this in Scotland and it’s vital we all support the efforts to reimagine what Paisley can become once again – the work has resonance throughout the country and I’d encourage people to visit the exhibition and see it for themselves.”
The exhibition was created by design collective Lateral North, whose design director, Tom Smith said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the wider Future Paisley team to develop stories of the past, present and future of the town.
“Through a combination of graphic design, filmmaking and augmented reality we have been able to share the stories of architects, designers and communities who are making a positive impact towards the cultural regeneration of Paisley.
“The exhibition also aims to hear from you and your aspirations for a future Paisley, so please head along and let us know your ambitions for the town.”
Youngsters will get the chance to meet two of their favourite characters from children's books at Braehead shopping centre tomorrow!
One of Ayrshire's leading hotels has unveiled its plans for new autumn spa breaks for men, women and couples from 1st September until 30th November 2022.
The biggest visual art exhibition Paisley has ever seen - The Big Art Show - will open on Friday 26th August and run until Saturday 26th November!
itison has announced GlasGLOW will return to the Botanic Gardens between 26th October & 6th November, with a blockbuster new show... an epic dinosaur adventure into The Land That Time Forgot!
The UK's biggest National Park was the chosen location for the latest Green Space Dark Skies project, by the outdoor art experts at Walk the Plank.
A scooter spectacular is set to take over Paisley next month as the popular ModStuff event returns to The Spree festival.
Blind athlete Jay Semple is preparing to take part in his 11th Paisley 10k Road Race and he's encouraging others to join him racing around the streets of Paisley.
Beat the Street returns to Renfrewshire and will be played in Paisley for the first time!
On Saturday 10 September, Ben Nevis in the Glen Coe National Scenic Area (NSA) will provide the backdrop to the last Scottish Green Space Dark Skies outdoor artworks.
Over 75 leading finalists have been revealed today for The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2022.
Green Space Dark Skies, produced by Walk the Plank and commissioned by UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, has revealed the artists who will bring Scotland's August events to life!
Conifox Adventure Park has today confirmed that they have officially broken a world record for the longest inflatable assault course which sits at a mammoth 568 metres.
Ide MacNeil had a wizard time dressing up as Harry Potter at Braehead shopping centre at the weekend!
From the Costa Del Leith to the Clyde Riviera, IRN-BRU is set to deliver deckchairs and ice-cold cans to Scottish sun-seekers!
Hundreds of children and young people are having a whale of a good time at Renfrewshire Council's summer clubs.
Renfrew's Robertson Park was a sea of tartan on Saturday as Scotland's top pipers and drummers descended on the town for the Renfrew Pipe Band Competition.
It's a kinda magic the way Braehead shopping centre plans to raise money for Glasgow Children's Hospital charity!
XSite Braehead, Scotland's leading entertainment destination, is encouraging visitors to unleash their inner artist this weekend in a bid to raise funds for Glasgow's Children Hospital Charity.
Fans, artists and music labels have just over 24 hours left to submit their favourite Scottish album from the past year for this year's SAY Award.
Walkers, cyclists and public transport users in Renfrewshire are benefitting from discounts at local businesses as part of a year-long active travel campaign.
Work has now started on a transformation of Paisley Arts Centre which will add new modern performance facilities and an extension to the much-loved historic venue.
Locals are being asked for their views on regeneration plans for Causeyside Street in Paisley.
One of Paisley's most famous sons – artist and playwright John Byrne – will be honoured in the new room names for his birthplace's soon-to-be-transformed town hall.
Gardeners in the West of Scotland can show off their green-fingered skills to win a popular gardening contest.
XSite Braehead, Scotland’s leading entertainment destination, launches Vacation XSite, an exciting summer-long event.
John Byrne could have ended up playing in a skiffle band like the hero of his latest musical play, Underwood Lane.
Renfrew's Robertson Park will welcome some of Scotland's top piping talent this July for a new event in Renfrewshire's events calendar.
Thousands turned out to enjoy a day of spectacular parades, performances and live entertainment at Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations!
Alan and Linda Stewart, Co-Owners of Scotland’s largest salon group and multi award winners, Rainbow Room International have received their OBE Award for Services to Hairdressing.
Today, the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award returns for 2022, calling on artists, labels and music fans to submit eligible albums – for free.