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…)

Creativity in Regeneration: From a Textile Hub to a Hub of Culture and Creativity.

Creativity in Regeneration: From a Textile Hub to a Hub of Culture and Creativity.

With its Future Paisley programme, Paisley has demonstrated a drive to improve the town’s public spaces through the medium of regeneration, whereby participation and community input has become a key tool of success. The projects created by Future Paisley intersect past, present, and future, by bringing attention to the town’s history through creative events that can revitalise the town and cooperation with the local community to imagine a future of Paisley that deals with this decade’s challenges head on (think; the pandemic and climate crisis). (more…)

CCSE Annual Symposium Recap: Localism: Re-evaluating the Future of Culture, Events and Tourism

CCSE Annual Symposium Recap: Localism: Re-evaluating the Future of Culture, Events and Tourism

A few weeks ago, we hosted our annual CCSE symposium online, it was the second such event of a busy week but our excellent speaking line ups and engaging and thought provoking keynote and panels ensured a great afternoon. (more…)

Embodying Regeneration

Embodying Regeneration

A couple of weeks ago on a Tuesday, SGSAH hosted an event: Regenerative Practices through Embodiment, a workshop for researchers working with the notion of regeneration and its relationship to the human body. The panellists were diverse in their research. They included PhD candidate in English Literature Martina Saric (UoG), PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Urban Design Jeremy Hawkins (UoG), Dr. Angeliki Sioli, assistant professor in Architecture (Delft University of Technology) and myself, a PhD candidate in Creative Assemblages and Urban Space (UWS). Through the workshop, regeneration was positioned as a practice and way of thinking that could guide holistic ways of doing research and understanding places. (more…)

Don’t Just Patch – Have a Revolution / Begin by Sewing on a Button

Don’t Just Patch – Have a Revolution / Begin by Sewing on a Button

The Grand Conversaziones series – part of the currently ongoing Paisley Exhibition – kicked off on the second Friday in February with a frank and fascinating exploration of Paisley’s Present. The event provided a timely reminder of the town’s assets – chief among them the internationally recognised Paisley Pattern – alongside an opportunity to reflect upon the path that Paisley is navigating out of the pandemic.

While the impositions forced upon us by the necessity for COVID19 lockdowns have been many, the enforced break from the norm has nevertheless caused many to reflect on what constitutes success and where we should seek to invest our effort when seeking to create vibrant, liveable and sustainable communities. (more…)