Big Art Show

Welcome to the Big Art Show, Paisley.


The Big Art Show, Paisley is a large-scale public exhibition that will take place in central Paisley in Autumn 2022. It is open to anyone who considers themselves an artist and whose work may be suitable for exhibition. Work can be in any medium, drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, digital art, film, video, photography, performance, or live art.


  • Independent Financial Advice Centre (Glasgow) Limited – £300
  • Outspoken Arts Scotland prize for Digital Art – £150
  • Made in Paisley Prize – £150
  • Duais a’ chon mhòir (The Big Dog Prize) for an artist under 25yrs – £100
  • Cass Art voucher to a young/ school age artist – £50

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The exhibition will take place in a large, open-plan, white-walled, space within a former department store and may be exhibited over several floors. The doors will open to public visitors from 26th August and the exhibition will run Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm daily. We expect most artworks to be for sale.


  • Entries open:  1st February 2022
  • Deadline for entries:  31st May 2022
  • Hand-in:  Week commencing 25th July 2022
  • Exhibition Opens:  Fri 26th August 2022
  • Exhibition Closes:  Sat 26th November 2022

Big Art Show, Paisley is a major exhibition project by Outspoken Arts Scotland and a volunteer team of professional visual artists working across the West of Scotland. It is a not-for-profit making charitable activity for the advancement of art, education and public benefit.

The Exhibition will be housed in a former four floor department store in the Paisley Centre which is 56,000 sqft. Left in pristine condition by Allders, (Co-op) the grand building was once home of the Paisley Co-operative Society, now the Co-op Group plc.  This huge department store offers 3 massive open plan exhibition floors, with white walls, brand new bright white LED lighting throughout.

The store will be rebranded as THE ART DEPARTMENT and developed as a temporary arts centre for 2 years by Outspoken Arts in partnership with a number of partner art organisations and local exhibitors.

The space will offer

  • A Pop-Up Art Shop selling pottery, merchandise, local artists work.
  • A social Engagement Space foyer for meetings, sofa talks and relaxing.
  • A Creative Learning Suite for up to 30 participants.
  • 16 large Window Displays averaging between 3-5m wide.  (7 street facing)
  • Generous ceiling height throughout at 2.8m.
  • A multi-screen Video Wall for up to 60 small screens.
  • A Digital/gaming/video art Zone for up to 8 workstations.

The Big Art Show programme will include

  • 93 days of exhibition.
  • 12 weeks of creative learning activities, twice-weekly classes in a number of disciplines.
  • Up to 36 days for Schools visits.
  • 12 sofa talks with visiting artists.
  • Awards & Prizes for artists and work of merit.
  • Large opening party for up to 500 guests.
  • A contextual programme with local organisations who look after vulnerable people.
  • A number of live art events, interventions and happenings.
  • Volunteering opportunities for local people.

Entry Rules – Quick Guide

Entries open: 14th February 2022
Entries close: 31st May 2022
Cost: Free to enter
Selection: artists notified 1st July 2022
Hand-in: Week commencing 25th July 2022
Exhibition Opens: Fri 26th August 2022
Exhibition Closes: Sat 26th November 2022
Hand-back: 29Nov – 3Dec2022
Filetypes: jpg, jpeg, tiff, png, mov, doc, pdf
Resolution: 300 dpi
Upload file size: no more than 5mb
File image dimensions: not larger than 3500x4900pixels
Picture size: we can take work up to 2.5m in height any up to 5m in width
Framed: preferrably
Hanging method: Mirror plates must be fitted
Unframed: clips or hanging system must be provided
Hanging Fee: selected works £10 each.
Couriers: by artist arrangement only
Packing materials: artist supply
Sales: 25% commission +VAT charged
Prints: no editions, or multiple prints permitted. Note: Single hand-made prints using traditional printmaking techniques, are acceptable.