Sad Eyes to Smile With

Ink Asher Kemp

Fri 6 September 2019, 7pm-8pm

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Tickets £5 book here

A stunning piece of performance poetry by Ink Asher Hemp. Ink is definitely a rising talent to watch in the poetry and theatre scene.

Queer identity plus slam poetry divided by austerity and multiplied by three. It’s odd socks, deadline chasing, ice cream and brown envelopes from the DWP. It’s the days when you can and the days when you can’t and the days when you’re eaten by anger. It’s being hugged so tight you forget how to breathe. It’s listening restlessly and choosing to dream.

This is my view, Edinburgh, from 30 feet up. Sitting on the wall of a multi-story carpark, watching the seagulls, sheltered from the wind by the fabric of society. Home. We are 987,000 lungs… breathing, overthinking, stealing. This one..? it’s for the sisters, for the misters and the binary resisters…welcome 50 minuets without caveats, 50 minuets of answers to the questions society never asked.

Sad Eyes to Smile With had work in progress sharings at Dundee Rep and Waterside Arts Centre in Manchester.

Reviews for 147Hz Can’t Pass:

“strikingly direct… beautiful, sometimes funny and always necessary” Stanza Poetry

*****”Hemp’s delivery and charisma make you burn to know more…”Fringe Guru

Avalanche

PACE Rep Company

Tue 3 September, 7pm-7.45pm

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Tickets book here

Age: Suitable 12+

No matter how long the winter – spring is sure to follow. A story about journeys, routine, missed moments, pain, irrational thoughts, assumptions, fear, surprising compassion, screens, memories, loneliness, coffee and unlikely friendships. It’s about how we connect with those around us even on the smallest level and the impact we have on others without knowing it. It’s about seasons and change and how nothing ever stays the same. But mostly it’s about hope and how finding those moments of connection make the world a better place.

Little Wings

PACE Rep Company

Tue 3 September 2019, 4.30pm-5.15pm

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Tickets from PACE book here

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.

Do Piazza – Open Mic

A chance for any talented young person to get up and sing, play an instrument, perform, whatever your party piece is.

The Piazza concourse in front of POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Sat 7 Sep, 1-3pm & Sun 8 Sep 2019, 1pm – 2pm

Supported by Erskine Music & Media

Retro Gaming Zone

A chance to play some of those classics platform games…

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sep + Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep 2019, 12noon-4pm

POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

The Fourth Wall

A virtual reality experience by artist John M Walter

as part of 131st Annual Exhibition of the Paisley Art Institute

Unit 43a+54, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 2EL

7 September – 20 October 2019

Tue-Sat 11.30am-5.30pm & Sun 12noon-5pm

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.

FRESHERS’ FINALE – PAINT PARTY

Fri 6 September 2019, 9pm-1am

UWS Student’s Union Paisley Union | Level 1, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2HB

This night is guaranteed to make a big splash – This will be by far the messiest night of the week – be prepared to get covered in paint and be prepared to have the time of your life.

Please where old clothes – £5.00 entry

THE BIG QUIZ

Thu 5 September 2019, 8pm-midnight

The Students’ Union, Paisley Union | Level 1, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2HB

Bring your team down to the Quiz the whole of paisley is talking about, free nachos for teams of 4 or more. Great prizes for winners and those are not so good at quizzes.

This is a weekly event Free Entry

The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging

A visual art installation by artist, Toby Messenger
Tue 3 – Sun 15 September 2019
12noon – 6.00pm: POP, Unit 34-36, the Piazza Paisley, PA1 1EL

Running throughout Paisley’s brand new Youth Arts Festival – Toby Messenger’s installation will transform POP into a teenager’s bedroom … with every component made from reclaimed cardboard.

Toby will be working in the space every afternoon over the course of the festival – building the bedroom as he goes. POP along any time between 12 – 6.00pm to watch him at work, or get involved with building and making.

We will also be hosting after school drop-in to join-in sessions each day as well as workshops with local schools; with opportunities to print album sleeves, create zines and construct cardboard clothes to fill up Toby’s cardboard wardrobe.

Young Creators Relaunch Party

Thursday 12 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm

CREATE Paisley at 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.

Organised by Create Paisley