InCube Creative Crafts Trail 2019

A programme of workshops by creative artists, makers and craftspeople as part of Sma’ Shot & Weave Festival, Paisley 5-7 July 2019

Featuring work by – click on each artist for event information

Supported by Renfrewshire Council & InCube

Cuckoo

Jaha Koo (South Korea)

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Tramway
When: Wed 22 May 2019
Price: £8/£12

A bunch of talkative rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history

One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. ‘Golibmuwon’ (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation that characterizes the lives of many young people in Korea today.

Twenty years ago there was a major economic crisis in South-Korea, comparable to the financial crash in the United States and Southern Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which South Korean artist Jaha Koo belongs. He witnessed many endemic problems including youth unemployment and socio-economic inequality. Rising suicide rates, isolation, acute social withdrawal and a fixation on personal appearance are but a few of the symptoms.

In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death.

www.campo.nu

Additonal Info: 60 mins / 16+ (deals with themes of suicide) / 
Korean with English subtitles / Captioned / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible.




“A week later, I’m still haunted by the show’s sounds and images. Food for thought indeed.”— TOTAL THEATRE

Images: Radovan Dranga

Listening Party

Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, Iceland

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Plat-form
When: Fri 24 May, 7pm, Sat 25 May, 4.30pm and Sun 26 May, 4.30pm
Price: £8.50/£5/£4

Listening Party is a party on stage, the hosts are a big group of teenagers, aged 13-17 years old. They play their favourite music. Sometimes they sing along or dance along or cry along or whatever. They talk about their music and about themselves, ideas, worries, thoughts and dreams. They hang out, listen to music together and listen to each other with their audience. They support each other, celebrate each other and their teenage years. The stage is theirs, the words are theirs, they have the power – even though it’s just during the show – it’s their party and they do whatever they want.

www.asrunmagnusdottir.com


Commissioned and produced by Reykjavík Dance Festival and Lókal in the frame of “Into the City onto the Stage” with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Education and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Residency: Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon. Listening Party was premiered at Everybody’s Spectacular 2017, in Kúlan the National Theatre of Iceland. 

Additional Info: 60 mins / 13+ /BSL Interpreted / Hearing Loop / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible



Images: Owen Fiene


The P Project

Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria)

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Tramway
When: Sat 18 May 2019, 7:30pm
Price: £10/£15

A Performance based on ‘P’ words (such as Piano, Pray, Pussy, Poetry, Poppers), where Ivo Dimchev invites willing members of the audience to write improvised Poetry on stage – in return for hard cash – as he transforms it into a live song at the Piano.

After the Performance the Public is invited to Play with the complex Pussy catalogue and construct their own Pussy and Print it on a Postcard.

Additional Info: 18+ (may contain nudity) / 60 mins / Hearing Loop / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible / other access tbc

Notorious

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein (USA)

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Tramway
When: Sat 11 May 2019, 7:00pm
Price: £10/£15

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein plunges into the ghostly underworld of popular culture, examining the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj and her own legendary self(ie), to interrogate pop culture’s take on the female monster, blurring the lines between live art, dance and theatre.

A pioneer in the field of performance and live art, Holstein’s irreverent blend of music, dance and witch-bitch ritual searches for redemption in the face of promiscuity. Combining pop culture with striking physically embodied visuals, The Famous continues to take risks with this new interdisciplinary performance following on from Splat! which sold out at the Barbican in 2013.

www.thefamousomg.com

Additonal Info: 90 mins / 16+ (contains nudity) / BSL interpreted / Hearing Loop / all TMS venues are wheelchair accessible

“Holstein’s shows are a riot of shameless showmanship and live-art provocation” — TIME OUT

“‘I’ll be ResurrecDEAD as your ultimate fantasy – a sexy dead virgin’ ”— THE FAMOUS LAUREN BARRI HOLSTEIN


Images: Timothy Fluck
Video: Claire Nolan and Charlie Cauchi

It’s a red letter day for Paisley as Outspoken Arts Scotland, a cultural leader in equalities, announce £72k investment in Paisley and Renfrewshire arts and cultural sector. The organisation has won grants from two national funders: Creative Scotland and National Lottery Awards for All Scotland and has received local funding from Invest in Renfrewshire and the Longstone Trust.

Outspoken Arts Scotland is the first professional arts organisation locating into Renfrewshire to be funded by Creative Scotland, to deliver a year-long programme that builds on the work already carried out on the Paisley 2021 bid.

Recently relocated from Glasgow, Outspoken Arts Scotland is now based at the Sir James Clark Building, at Abbeymill Business Centre. Led by Paisley buddie, Steven Thomson, an award winning creative director and former producer of the Glasgay! Festival from 2004-2014, the organisation has made the bold move to secure a key role in the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. Steven Thomson worked closely with Renfrewshire Council, seconded as a Creative Producer, alongside his long-standing colleague Jean Cameron, Bid Director. Despite Paisley not winning the title, their tenure has secured a £4m investment in arts programming for Renfrewshire, resulting in a positive step change for the reputation of Paisley as a cultural destination.

Steven Thomson, Director, Outspoken Arts, commented: “I’m truly delighted to be working across Scotland and giving my hometown the much love and attention it deserves. Paisley is a special place for culture and its people and their stories nourish us in going forward. I could not have done this without the support of some amazing colleagues, particularly fellow buddie Jean Cameron, former Paisley 2021 bid Director, to whom I’m enormously grateful. Keep your eye on Paisley! We will.”

Outspoken Arts Scotland works with artists and communities who share the protected characteristics, those being: age, sex and sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, faith, marriage and civil partnership, maternity and pregnancy. The team is made up of Paisley residents, led by Steven Thomson, Creative Director, who has had a long career in the arts notably working at The Tron, King’s and Mitchell Theatres, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now RCS), New Moves and also with Bill Bryden on The Big Picnic. Supporting him are Alphonso Harrison, engagement manager, who hails from Virginia, USA and has lived and worked in the UK for over 20 years; Lisa Watt, marketing manager, who has worked for The Mackintosh Festival and Merchant City Festival; and Gillian Lochhead, marketing officer, a recent Glasgow School of Art graduate and resident of Johnstone. Gillian’s post, a graduate internship, has been funded by Invest in Renfrewshire.

The Company has an exciting programme of engagement rolling out over the next year, beginning with creative development workshops with over a dozen organisations. Those partners are as follows:

• Renfrewshire Leisure – 21 Thread Street – a major exhibition on industrial weaving.
• Bogha-Fhrois – LGBT voices in folk music
• Create Paisley – a faith/youth multi-disciplinary arts project in Paisley.
• DEAR Group – a Renfrewshire networking group focussing on equality diversity.
• Erskine Music & Media Studios – an award winning youth music/media group in Bargarran, Erskine
• Feral Arts – Professional arts producers formerly of The Arches.
• H-Arts – Paisley based writer/director and community participants/vulnerable people.
• In-Motion Theatre Co. – working on Voices of Ferguslie a community drama/documentary.
• PACE Youth Theatre – collaborating on a new youth arts festival for Paisley.
• Queer Times 2019 – a major exhibition and fringe programme highlighting LGBT history since 1969 and decriminalisation.
• Renfrewshire Council THCAR2 Regeneration – arts project focussing on social & built heritage.
• Paisley Arts Centre – developing new drama, workshops and artists’ residencies.
• ROAR Connections for Life – working with older people and vulnerable adults.
• Star Project – working with poorer families and children in an area of high deprivation.
• Take Me Somewhere – Scotland newest festival of contemporary performance and live art.
• Paisley Thread Mill Museum – a visitor attraction showcasing Paisley’s historic thread-making industry.

Milica Milosevic, Head of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion at Creative Scotland, commented:
“The energy and enthusiasm generated through the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid has left a lasting legacy in the area with new opportunities being created as a direct result of the bid. We are pleased to support the artistic programme of Outspoken Arts, their varied programme has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of many people in the area.”

A National Lottery Awards for All Scotland spokesperson, said: “One of the aims of this small grants programme is to bring people together building strong relationships across communities. We are delighted to have been able to support Outspoken Arts with an award of £9,800 to develop a diverse cultural programme working alongside a wide range of Renfrewshire-based community and art sector organisations.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are pleased to have helped fund an internship for Outspoken Arts through the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which has in recent years seen Renfrewshire go from having one of Scotland’s worst youth employment rates to its third best. Our ambition is to transform Renfrewshire’s future using the power of our internationally-significant cultural and heritage story – that approach is already delivering results, and we will build on those further in the years ahead. Key to that is in working with the independent cultural sector to help make the area a key destination within Scotland, and a place where people can experience world-class culture and all the opportunity that creates right here on their doorstep. The programme Outspoken Arts are planning will open up those benefits to many of our less-heard communities, and the partnerships they are building will help showcase many of the local creative organisations already delivering excellent work here.”

Opportunities
The company will be offering a number of creative opportunities to participate in its work and wants to hear from participants from any background and any community who are looking for a chance to get involved in the arts.   mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

 

Engagement Programme

Outspoken Arts Scotland Limited is undertaking a programme of outreach and engagement with cultural organisations in Renfrewshire over the next year.  This engagement programme is funded by Creative Scotland and the National Lottery Awards for All. The activity is as a result of the legacy of Paisley UK City of Culture bid.

We are an equalities and protected characteristics focused arts organisation that delivers work in the performing and visual arts. We wish to begin a process of engagement and project development with up to a dozen local community, voluntary and arts sector organisations in Renfrewshire to build a cultural programme of some social impact. Our organisation worked closely with Renfrewshire Council as a Creative Producer on the Paisley 2021 bid and have met and consulted with many groups in 2016.

From that process we recognised there are many arts and community groups in need of professional and meaningful collaborations with the wider professional arts sector outwith Renfrewshire. We also recognised that many communities in the area are in zones of multiple deprivation and have vulnerable people that require more recognition, support and regular arts activities to promote inclusiveness and better health and well-being. We wish to develop our work through a process of genuine engagement that fosters collaboration, leading to shared creativity and co-production that is truly empowering for all participants.

We have identified a dozen organisations we wish to collaborate with to develop new projects. Those are as follows:

1. Create Paisley, a local mixed arts/multi media youth charity
2. Erskine Music & Media Studios, Bargarran – a music and participatory arts for vulnernable people
3. H-arts – a local theatre company in Paisley which focuses on new writing
4. PACE Youth Theatre, Paisley largest youth theatre for under 18s
5. Disability Resource Centre – a local support project for disabled people in Renfrewshire
6. THCAR2 – Renfrewshire Council’s Heritage Arts programme – regeneration/social history
7. Paisley Arts Centre – a key venue and local co-producer – theatre
8. University of the West of Scotland – spoken word/music – young professionals
9. Diversity & Equality Alliance Renfrewshire – a network of local equalities groups
10. Thread Mill Museum – a local social/industrial heritage group in deprived East End of Paisley
11. ROAR Connections for Life – a participatory arts, health and wellbeing group for older people
12. STAR Project – a local arts/community group in Love Street, north side area of high deprivation

Part of our process will be engaging more deeply and regularly with the groups, their leaders and participants to identify shared interests, stories, dramas, everyday life issues and experiences and seeing where and how we can match the organisation to a like minded professional artist. These collaborations would then lead to the development of larger project which might result in performances, exhibitions, training, presentations and the like. This programme of engagement would be continuous, with regular meetings, workshops and creative development sessions to build capacity.  We will deliver the outcomes of this engagement process as part of our 2019-2021 programme.

For further information please contact our Creative Director mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

Make it Fabulous! 2019

COMING OUT IN 2019
Call for acts and participation in a brand new programme of events for LGBT History Month Scotland – February 2019.

To mark the 50th year since the Stonewall Riots (July 1969), Outspoken Arts Scotland wants to hear from acts, troupes, performers, artists and activists.

We want to capture what is to be LGBT in 2019 but we also want to remember where it all began and celebrate the fabulous explosion of LGBT culture since Stonewall, through Gay Liberation and Pride Marches. We want you to be inspired by and perhaps celebrate the wonderful troupes of artists who led the way such as Hot Peaches, Bloolips, The Cockettes and even London’s own Duckie.

If you have an act, performance, show or idea that could make us laugh, sing or cry we want to hear from you. Whatever your identity, be you drag queen, femme, dyke, diva, bitch, boy, bear, or ally or none of these- if you can get up on a stage and tell your story – we want to hear from you.

Send us some of the following things –
a headshot, CV, publicity materials, youtube or other social media or website links to your work. mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

P.S. Make it Fabulous!

Stonewall Inn, New York City, 1969

Hot Peaches, NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROL LAULA & GUESTS

A Celebration of Female Independent Music Artists (FIMAs)

Building on the success of the Wicked Women live show series (as part of International Women’s Day), Scottish singer-songwriter, Carol Laula, (pictured above) brings together and celebrates female songwriters in this unique collaboration.

Featuring performances from Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins, Linzi Clark and Jordan Stewart, the show aims to shine light on female music artists and songwriters at a time when iconic shows and festivals across the country are being questioned about gender equality in their performer line-ups. Raising awareness around the issue, Laula aims to shine a light on a new breed of talented female artists.

WED 31 OCT, 8.30PM, £8.50
book online now
Age Suitability 12+
Event takes place in Victorian Bar:  Children and young persons will be allowed in the bar areas of the premises when accompanied by a responsible adult.”

Socials:
Twitter handle: @carollaula
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carollaulamusic
YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/CarolLaulaYouTube

Press Quotes
“Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter” (Glasgow Herald)
“Laula’s songs deal with strength in adversity – especially from the modern woman’s perspective – on a personalised but universal level. (Q Magazine)

Linzi Clark

Marie Collins

Lisa Kowalski

Jordan Stewart