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Programme for kids 5-12 years


Sun 15 September, 2pm-4pm
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street PA1 1EZ

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Suitable for ages 6+

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel McLion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Eaten invites children to the fascinating world of food chains and digestion.

“Big Cuddly and Clever” The Times

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The Nearly Men

The Nearly Men Video Games Podcast – live at POP!

Sun 8 September, 2pm
POP, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Join the friendly presenters of Scottish video games podcast, The Nearly Men as they record a special episode for the Paisley Youth Arts Festival. Meet like-minded gaming enthusiasts, share your favourite gaming challenges – play retro games and chat to the Nearly Men chaps who played on these consoles first time around!

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Anne Frank


Fri 13 September, 7pm-8pm
The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

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Directed by Jenni Mason

“It really is a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart”.

This poignant dramatisation of Anne Frank’s world-famous diary is performed by members of PACE Youth Theatre.

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PACE Open Workshops

PACE Youth Theatre

Sun 8 September, 11am-4pm
The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Open workshops in acting, directing and performing skills. These workshops are part of Renfrewshire Doors Open Day 2019 and are free, just drop-in!

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Little Wings

PACE Rep Company

Tue 3 September 2019, 4.30pm-5.15pm
The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

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For as long as she can remember Isabella has had butterflies living inside her tummy. They flutter around every day and she wishes they would go away. One cold night, under the light of the moon, she sees little wings flapping inside her room. A tiny little moth searching for a glow will teach Isabella that she too has wings to grow. Join us on this enchanting journey to help Isabella chase away the butterflies, spread her own wings and soar. A heart-warming story about feelings, flourishing and finding friendships in the strangest of places. This show is fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ edfringereviews.com
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Theatre and Arts Reviews

“an escapist feast for all the senses”
“the actors all burst with energy and cooperate with an impressive synchronicity”

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Retro Gaming Zone

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sep + Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep 2019, 12noon-4pm
POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

A chance to play some of those classic video game consoles including Sega Megadrive, Nintendo64 + more!

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The Fourth Wall

A virtual reality experience by artist John M Walter
as part of 131st Annual Exhibition of the Paisley Art Institute

7 September – 20 October 2019
Tue-Sat 11.30am-5.30pm & Sun 12noon-5pm
Unit 43a+54, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 2EL FREE

The Fourth Wall by John Walter is a 360° immersive video exhibited in Virtual Reality. His first VR work, it builds on his experience of working in video, animation, computer-aided design, collage, painting and sculpture but abbreviates these approaches into a completely new kind of maximalist aesthetic by compressing and hybridising them. 

The extraordinary Marischal College in Aberdeen is the setting for The Fourth Wall. It features within the composition, recurring as a leitmotif that changes scale and character over time much like a melody varies within a song. Images and slogans from John’s repertoire are conjoined in a kind of “complex adaptive system” of saturated colour that creates a dizzying immersive experience. It’s like being inside a painting rather than other VR experience, which draw on gaming and architectural aesthetics. New songs, such as Heirloom Carrot, written and performed by the artist, link the diverse images and ideas within the VR composition together and reflect on Walter’s ongoing interest in how evolutionary virology can be used to think about the spread of cultural forms such as the paisley pattern (buta). 

The Fourth Wall innovates how VR is exhibited. Walter has customised cable-free Oculus Go headsets by mounting masks on them transforming viewers into performers as well. Chaperones wear colourful tabards that feature images from the VR and host viewers who may or may not be familiar with VR – bridging the gap between the fictional world of the VR and the real world outside of it. 

Walter says of The Fourth Wall “I’ve left it raw to make it more visceral and more like being inside a video, a painting or a collage. Video wipes, fades and transitions wrap around you. Rapid shifts in scale and texture that might be familiar on a screen are unusual and fresh when experienced in VR. How often have you had the opportunity to fly through a paisley shawl?”

Artist’s biography.

John Walter (b. Dartford, 1978) is a visual artist working across a diverse range of media including painting, moving image and installation. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and Design, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art and was awarded a doctorate by The University of Westminster in 2017. In 2006 he was artist in residence at KIAC in Dawson City, Canada. Between 2006-8 he was Sainsbury Scholar at The British School at Rome. He was a participant in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. In 2017 he undertook a residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England have supported his work. He was awarded the 2016 Hayward Curatorial Open for Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness. The Arts Council Collection and The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool have collected his work. Recent exhibitions include: The Fourth Wall (Look Again Festival, Aberdeen, 2019); Booze Guitar (Matt’s Gallery, 2018); CAPSID (CGP and HOME, 2018); Somewhere in Between (Wellcome Collection, 2018); Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity (Walker Art Gallery, 2017).

Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland and PAI.


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Young Creators Relaunch Party

Thursday 12 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm
POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Young Creators are a creative group of young people in Paisley who plan and design their own events – from festivals and film screenings, to gigs and exhibitions! Come along to the relaunch party to find out more about how to get involved! Expect music, spoken word and a LOT of cake.

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Stop Frame Paper & Ipad Animation workshop

Monday 9 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm
POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Join animator Eleanor Stewart of Clubhouse Animations to learn how to make stop-motion animation entirely from paper! Or get involved with Create Paisley’s iPad animation workshops exploring all stages of the film making process: developing your own storyboard, constructing a set, animating and editing a film. All finished animations will then be broadcast throughout the rest of the festival on a cardboard TV.

Organised by Renfrewshire Leisure https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com Create Paisley & Clubhouse Animations

Stop-frame with Clubhouse Animations – clubhouseanimations.com

iPad Animation with Create Paisley – createpaisley.org.uk/


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T-shirt & Poster Printing workshop

Thursday 5 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm
POP, Unit34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Practice with different ways of printing and work with Create, ReMode and Toby Messenger to create t-shirts and album artworks that will become part of Toby’s installation. Materials provided.

Organised by Renfrewshire Leisure with Create Paisley and ReMode


Screenprinting with Create Paisley http://www.createpaisley.org.uk

Block printing with ReMode http://www.remode.youth.org


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