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

Paper & Ipad Animation workshop

Monday 9 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm

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

Learn how to make a stop-motion animation entirely from paper! Get involved in each stage of the filmmaking process, developing your own storyboard, constructing a set, animating and editing a film. The finished animations will be shown throughout the rest of the festival in a cardboard television set as part of The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging installation.

Organised by Create Paisley

Create Café

Friday 6 September 2019, 7.30pm-10pm

Blend Coffee Lounge, 25B Causeyside St, Paisley PA1 1UL

Come along to Blend Coffee Lounge for a one-off special CREATE Cafe with our friends from Erskine Music and Media Studios. Get involved in a night of music and performance, time with friends and great drinks and cake. You can also sign up to our fantastic open mic or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere! 

Organised by Create Paisley



Poster Printing workshop

Thursday 5 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm

CREATE Paisley at POP, Unit34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Learn the techniques of designing and printing in this exciting workshop! You will have the opportunity to design posters and album art work. Practice with different tools and ways of printing to make the perfect design! Learn different techniques including screen printing and block printing. Materials provided.

Organised by Create Paisley



Giant String Art workshop

Monday 2 September 2019, 4pm-6.30pm

CREATE Paisley at POP, Unit34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Come along to this interactive workshop to learn the technique of string art and construct a logo entirely from string! Be part of creating the entrance art work to the POP space during the Youth Arts Festival and learn techniques which you can use to create your own string art.

Organised by Create Paisley