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Visual Art & Craft Makers Award

Visual Arts & Craft Makers Award

Creative Scotland & Renfrewshire Leisure

Friday 13 September, 12-2pm, POP Space, Unit 34-36, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley

Calling all young and emerging artists and makers based in Renfrewshire!

You are warmly invited to our VACMA information session, delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland. Come along to find out more about the new ‘Young & Emerging Artist/Maker’ strand of this funding scheme. These new awards (of up to £500) will support young creatives to develop their emerging professional practice.

The Creative Scotland presentation, including an open Q&A session will run from 12-1pm. This will be followed by a series of bookable 10-minute one-to-one advice sessions with Stephen Palmer, Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to book in!

Please contact kate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk for more information or to book a slot.


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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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The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging

A live build performative installation by artist, Toby Messenger

Tue 3 – Sun 15 September 2019, 1.00pm – 6.00pm
POP, Unit 34-36, the Piazza Paisley, PA1 1EL

Running throughout the festival – Toby Messenger’s installation will transform POP into a teenager’s bedroom … with every component made from reclaimed cardboard.

From 3rd – 11th September, Toby will be working in POP building his cardboard bedroom as he goes. POP will be open from 1pm– 6pm with drop-in to join-in sessions running daily from 4pm; with opportunities to print album sleeves, create t-shirts and construct cardboard clothes to fill up Toby’s cardboard wardrobe.

Pop along any time after school to hang out, watch Toby at work, or get involved with helping him build, make and construct the room.

For more information: kate.drummond@renfrewshirew.gov.uk


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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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Giant String Art workshop

Monday 2 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm
POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Try out the technique of string art – and help create the entrance artwork to the POP space for the Youth Arts Festival.

Organised by Renfrewshire Leisure with Create Paisley

For more info contact: kate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk or Create Paisley – createpaisley.org.uk


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