East End Murals

Sat 31 August, 2-4pm, The Lagoon, Paisley PA1

A live painting event with local artist, Peter Stewart to test ideas for a new series of community murals in Paisley’s east end.

Come along take part, share stories and ideas about the area and try your hand at designing or painting.

All ages welcome.

FREE – no tickets required.

an original work by Peter Stewart

Zero-Waste Origami Wallet/Purse Making workshop


Wed 11th September, 4pm – 6.30pm

POP Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley

Do you have an interest in fashion and creativity? Are you interested in learning about climate change and sustainability?

Join us for this hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to make an origami wallet/purse and also learn about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment and what urgent steps we can take to help stabilize the planet for the future.

All materials supplied – no experience necessary.

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.

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

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

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 mailto:contact@outspokenarts.org


  • 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

Nelly Kelly – writer

Nelly is working with Queen Jesus Productions and Outspoken Arts on Untitled 2009 is a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy. 

Nelly is a trans, non-binary playwright, performer maker and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and are a former Playwrights Studio Scotland mentored Playwright. Their works unapologetically sets out to take up space to put queer life and culture centre stage, with a particular focus on Trans identities.

Recent credits include;  Queersa Gay: Fields of Gold, Buzzcut, CCA Glasgow (creator/performer). Haus of Gay, Queer Theory, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow (drag art collaboration), The Dogwood, Pride Plays, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (writer), Sacramental, Mintworks, Guest Projects London.

Contact: Nelly Kelly

CALL OUT for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists and performers.

Untitled 2009 (rehearsed reading) performer call out. 

Photo by Steve Buissinne

Untitled 2009 is a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy. 

Nelly, David and the team behind Queen Jesus Productions would be delighted to meet any trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers of all ages and experience who are interested in taking part in this special project. All performers will be paid for the day of rehearsal and the day of performance. In addition to this all performers are welcome to take part in workshops hosted by Brazilian artist and activist Renata Carvalho (who plays Jesus in the Brazilian production) and voice expert Susan Worsfold (director of the original production). Performers will also be invited to be part of the audience for the UK and Brazilian productions (The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven and O Evangelho Segundo Jesus, Raihna do Ceu) and to take part in post-show discussions. We regret it’s not possible to reimburse travel costs so this opportunity may best suit people based in and near the Central Belt. Actors ITC/Equity minimum daily rates offered for 1+2 Nov.

Important dates (all central Glasgow) 

  • Deadline for expressing interest in casting workshop – Monday 12 Aug 2019
  • Casting workshop – Monday 9 Sep, 10.15-13.15 
  • Queen Jesus performances and workshops Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 Nov (exact days & times to follow) 
  • Rehearsal day – Fri 1 Nov, 10.15-18.00 
  • Performance day – Sat 2 Nov, 10.15-16.00 

How to apply 

Please get in touch by mailto:queenjesusplays@gmail.com telling us why you want to be part of the project and a little about you and your performance experience, this can be done in either written form or as a short video application. If submitting a video please send us a YouTube or Vimeo link. 

There is no word/time limit on applications, however please keep your application concise to allow for the team to give a fair amount of consideration to each applicant. 

The casting for Untitled 2009 will take the form of a relaxed workshop on Monday 9 Sep, 10.15-13.15, and we aim to make it accessible for all. On invitation to the casting workshop, a member of the team will be in contact with you to ask of any specific access requirements you may have and will be happy to discuss with you ways in which we can best support you on the day. 

Venue for casting workshop

Vic Bar (internal location), Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

Map link / www.tron.co.uk / Accessibility info

About Untitled 2009 

In July 2009 a Bible was put on display in GoMA alongside the notice: “If you feel you’ve been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.” The exhibit, Untitled 2009, was intended to be a reclamation of the Bible as a sacred text, created by Rev Jane Clarke, a minister of the Metropolitan Community Church, in collaboration with artists Anthony Schrag and David Malone for the Made in God’s Image exhibition (https://galleryofmodernart.wordpress.com/portfolio/made-in-gods-image/). But it was condemned as a sacrilegious act by churches across Scotland, and globally, as negative reports broke out online. 

Now ten years on, Untitled 2009 will be on display again in Glasgow and the words collected in its margins performed, challenged and explored by a dynamic ensemble of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers in this new piece of theatre, as part of Queen Jesus’ 10th anniversary celebrations. What has changed in the last ten years and what do these words tell us about queer lives in Scotland then and now? 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven is a unique, one-woman, site-responsive theatrical piece in which Jesus has returned to earth as a trans woman. Written and performed by Jo Clifford (TAMING OF THE SHREW, EVE) – author of over 80 plays, Stonewall role model, Saltire Society Outstanding Woman, and one of Scotland’s most renowned playwrights – and directed by award-winning director and voice practitioner Susan Worsfold (EVE, HEROINE). Described as having “one of the most remarkable journeys in recent theatre history” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman) the play has indeed had an incredible journey over the last ten years since its premiere as part of Glasgay! at the Tron in 2009. From being the subject of hate and abuse from a mass protest outside; to hundreds of critically acclaimed and sold out performances in the UK and Brazil and the resulting creation of a Brazilian version that has become the most talked about work in the country and is at the epicentre of the struggle against censorship and bigotry.

Curated by Queen Jesus Productions, with support from Tron Theatre and Outspoken Arts Scotland, the 10th anniversary celebrations include a three-performance run of the original production and the Scottish premiere of the infamous Brazilian production alongside a programme of performance, learning and discussion inspired by the play’s journey, themes and guiding principles.

Supported by Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding.

Links https://www.facebook.com/JesusQueenofHeaven
Interview with Jo: https://www.scotsman.com
Press coverage of ‘Untitled 2009’ in 2009:

Main Photo of Jo Clifford – by Aly Wight