ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

Recently, Paisley’s marvellous STAR Project completed a 9-month long, seasons inspired, arts based therapeutic intervention; ApArt. Funded by Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Fund, the project supported community members to address feelings of anxiety relating to the COVID 19 lockdown alongside issues around loss of connection and uneasiness regarding re-entry into the social world. With guidance from artist Rachel Mimiec, community members were able to discover, reignite and give full reign to their creativity, a process which had a range of benefits both individually and collectively…

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The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Paisley Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Scheme 2 (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a £4.5M regeneration programme led by Renfrewshire Council, with match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Running since 2016, and due to conclude in 2023, the focus for investment is Paisley’s Town Centre Conservation Area, with the west end of the High Street, New Street and the area around Shuttle Street having particular priority. Paisley TH.CARS2 follows on from a previous regeneration project – Paisley THI/CARS – which focused investment around Causeyside Street. (more…)

The Glen Cinema Memorial Artwork

The Glen Cinema Memorial Artwork

We won’t use this blog to describe what happened inside the Glen Cinema, Paisley on Hogmanay 1929 – it is well documented online, in history books, and in the memories of the people of Renfrewshire and across the world. Instead we are using this blog as an opportunity to describe some of what we have learnt and experienced over the past two years while working on this project. (more…)

COP26 – A Paddle into Podcasts

COP26 – A Paddle into Podcasts

The delayed COP26 summit is to begin on the last day of October, amid the road closures and the rail strikes, the challenges of social distancing and – perhaps – of Scottish weather in autumn, over 30,000 attendees representing over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs and other groups will meet and attempt to advance the aims of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (more…)

Looking to the Future!…

Looking to the Future!…

Over the past five years I’ve been in business as Gatekeeper Art. My small creative business is my full time occupation and when asked what I do I usually term myself as an artist and social historian with a community practice.  I wrote a blog recently for CCSE called “Welcome to the Lockdown Lounge” which outlined how I had with my social historian “hat” on been designing and delivering heritage/ cultural related workshops online. (more…)

COVID ISLAND DIARY: Diary of a Pandemic.

COVID ISLAND DIARY: Diary of a Pandemic.

At the beginning of the Pandemic Lockdown period in March 2020, I began an online page – “Covid Island Diary”. I began to document and collate images, memes and political comment made by artists during the situation as it unfolded. I was extremely interested in the artist response to this immense world event. It became very clear, early on to everyone that as a society we rely heavily on artists every day. Designers, film makers, writers and musicians all helped to make an enforced lockdown at home more bearable for us all. (more…)