Morwenna Kearsley – artist & photographer

Morwenna Kearsley is working with Renfrewshire Council and the THCARs2 Regeneration team on a free 12-week photography course PICTURING PAISLEY that explores Paisley’s textile and architectural heritage.

Morwenna Kearsley wants to work with adult participants in a group to consider the photo-essay as a means to tell stories and discover more about Paisley’s past, present, and future. Participants will look at and visit archives to get a sense of Paisley’s rich history, make new photographs together by getting out and about and will experiment with a range of creative techniques to make their own unique photo-essay.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • The history of photography and the photo-essay
  • How to use a camera and compose creative photographs
  • How to use an archive and find interesting stories and photographs from the past
  • Paisley’s history in textile and thread manufacturing (thinking in particular about the architecture associated with this)
  • Creative writing techniques
  • Editing your photographs into a photo-essay
    And much more!

This course would suit both complete beginners in photography and those with some experience. The main emphasis is on having fun, developing some new skills and reflecting on the rich cultural heritage of Paisley in a safe and relaxed group environment.

Morwenna is an artist and photographer based in Glasgow. She studied for a degree in Photography & Filmmaking at Napier University in Edinburgh and later she obtained a scholarship to study on the Master of Fine Art course at The Glasgow School of Art. She still loves to make photographs using analogue film and darkroom printing techniques, as well as using digital technologies and creative writing.

Her work and research attempts to understand the complexity of image-making and image-receiving, often through writing: weaving archival research with autobiographical events to agitate and disrupt my understanding of what a photographed or filmed image can be and how it acts on our collective memory, our homes, and our towns and cities. As well as exhibiting regularly, nationally and internationally, she also works as an arts educator for adults and children, across a wide range of organisations.

Workshop Programme

  • Venue: POP, Unit 35-36, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL
  • Times: 10.30am-12noon on each occasion (unless otherwise stated)
  • Booking: 12 places available book


  • Monday 9th Sept 2019
    Monday 16th Sept 2019
    Monday 23rd Sept 2019
    Monday 7th Oct 2019
    Monday 28th Oct 2019
    Monday 4th Nov 2019
    Monday 11th Nov 2019
    Monday 18th Nov 2019
    Monday 25th Nov 2019
    Monday 2nd Dec 2019
    Monday 9th Dec 2019
  • Monday 16th Dec 2019

John Walter – visual artist

John Walter will be working with Outspoken Arts and Paisley Art Institute on a new VR production THE FOURTH WALL for the PAI’s 131st Annual Exhibition 7 Sep-20Oct 2019. details tba.

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).

Remembering Stonewall 50th Anniversary

We’re launching a series of posters to commemorate and remember the Stonewall riots of 28th June 1969 which took place at the Stonewall Inn, New York City USA.

These events led by an oppressive police force led to a violent backlash by the local LGBT community and resulted in the growth of the Gay Liberation Front and the worldwide Pride movement. This, in turn, resulted in new equalities laws across much of the world endings year of legal discrimination, criminal conviction and violence against the LGBT community.

Today, we remember some of those people who took part on that fateful night, their words, the reactions and celebrate the moment that power shifted from the oppressors to the people.

Remember Stonewall, remembers its people, celebrate your community and champion equality whenever you can.

Read more about Stonewall here

DOWNLOAD, PRINT AND SHARE FOR FREE ANY OF THESE POSTERS. They are for non-commercial use only. Full PDF here of images below.

Mariam Syed – Weave Workshops

  • Date:  Friday, 5 July
  • Time: 1.30 – 4.30 pm
  • Audience:  Adults
  • Maximum number of participants: 10
  • Workshop content:  Weaving
  • Venue:  Fairful Café, 12A High St, Paisley PA1 2BS
  • Cost to participant:  Free
  • Date:  Saturday, 6 July
  • Time: 1 – 5 pm
  • Audience:  Beginners / Children
  • Maximum number of participants:  Drop in
  • Workshop content:  Weaving
  • Venue:  Fairful Café, 12A High St, Paisley PA1 2BS
  • Cost to participant:  Free

Part of: In Cube Creative Crafts Trail 2019 and Sma’ Shot 2019

Susie Rodgers – Make A Brooch

  • Dates:  Saturday, 6 July
  • Time:   12 – 4 pm
  • Duration: drop-in / drop-out
  • Audience:  Adults
  • Maximum number of participants: 8 round table
  • Workshop content:  Brooch making
  • Venue:  Taste Buds Cafe, 22b Lawn Street, Paisley PA1 1HF
  • Cost to participant:  Free
  • Drop-in sessions where Susie will be demonstrating making flowers from sinamay. You’ll have the opportunity to make your own flower and to turn it into a brooch.

Part of: In Cube Creative Crafts Trail 2019 and Sma’ Shot 2019

Laura Provan – Introduction to Coloured Aluminium Jewellery

  • Dates: Saturday, 6 July
  • Time:   11.30am – 1pm & 1.30-3pm
  • Audience:  Adult
  • Maximum number of participants: 10 per session
  • Workshop content:  Learn how to colour aluminium to make a simple pendant or earrings. 
  • Venue:  The Workshop, The Old Fire Station Annex 23 Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XD
  • Cost to participant:  Free book here / SOLD OUT !

Part of: In Cube Creative Crafts Trail 2019 and Sma’ Shot 2019

Eileen Pottle – Build A Brooch

Part of: In Cube Creative Crafts Trail 2019 and Sma’ Shot 2019

Katherine Pentney – Free Motion Embroidered Hoop Art Workshop

Part of: In Cube Creative Crafts Trail 2019 and Sma’ Shot 2019