A street mural for Paisley which promotes positive mental health and wellbeing. Designed by arts collective Made in the Mill, in collaboration with local artist Duncan Wilson, the mural is part of the Paisley First Walls Series and funded by Paisley First.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
St Matthew’s presents a screening of Disney’s beautiful live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Children are invited to come dressed as Disney characters and will be welcomed by Belle in person. Snacks and drinks available.
BUDDY BEAT IS 10!
A unique drumming event to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Buddy Beat, Paisley's award-winning group who drum for mental health and wellbeing. With specially invited guest drummers and a few surprises. No drumming experience required – come along and find your groove!
CHANGING STAGES PERFORM
Changing Stages will perform an engaging piece of theatre around the experience and impact of poor mental health and addiction, building on their previous NHS commissioned tour of Time to Wrap, framed around Wellness Recovery Action Plans.
CREATE CAFÉ: GOOD MENTAL HEALTH
CREATE host this special Create Café to raise awareness and funds for their work in mental health, featuring art, music from the Davies Twins and local musicians, and an opportunity for young people to engage in conversations around mental health. For ages 11–21.
FLINT & PITCH: RECLAIM THIS SCRIPT
Flint & Pitch present two evenings of spoken word, music and provocations, each bringing together five diverse acts to creatively respond to the theme Reclaim This Script. Can 'reclaiming' slurs bring empowerment? How best to change dominant narratives about the causes of mental ill health? How can we have better conversations about this, in life and through creative works? Come hear these broad themes explored through poetry, song and more.
St Matthew’s Church presents a screening of Hacksaw Ridge. Based on a true story, the film follows WWII US army medic Desmond T. Doss, who refused to kill people and became the first man to receive the Medal of Honour without firing a shot. Followed by a post-screening discussion.
KEEP ON STROLLIN, STROLLIN, STROLLIN
Join us on a relaxing adventure trail through Paisley to learn about its heritage and take notice of what is around you. This tour will be facilitated by Youth Services staff and Young Volunteers from the Youth Commission on Mental Health.
LISTEN & LEARN
Renfrewshire Anti Stigma Alliance hosts this learning event for people to engage in discussion and share their experiences of recovery. Hear stories and watch recovery focused films in an informal environment.
This dynamic and powerful West End style musical tells the story of Esther, a young refugee who makes a huge difference in her nation. Directed by Murray Watts, the show concludes by highlighting the plight of refugees living through crises in the world today.
MAD TO BE NORMAL
This drama tells the story of renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, one of Scotland’s greatest and most controversial thinkers, and the experimental community he established at Kingsley Hall in East London during the 1960s.
MAKING OUR MARK
Limelight Music and Dirty Feet Dance Company celebrate their social innovation project exploring identity and arts participation through music and dance. This event showcases work from local community arts projects and features guest speaker Dr Graeme Wilson of Edinburgh University.
OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT
Poetry group Knights of the Round Table present their monthly open mic spoken word event, featuring original poetry and prose with a mental health theme. Everyone is welcome to come along to listen or take part!
PAISLEY ARTISTS COLLECTIVE: RECLAIMING JOY!
Join other creatives in a relaxed open mic style evening based around creating and sharing original art, writing, poetry, spoken word and music on the theme of reclaiming joy. Art supplies will be provided.
PAISLEY JOB CENTRE HOSTS ART
A visual arts exhibition hosted by Paisley Job Centre displaying work produced by people who are seeking employment within the creative arts industry.
A poetry installation on the theme of reclaim, displayed across eight train station platforms in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.
Photography exhibition captured and created by a group of men in recovery from issues with mental health and addiction. The images on display tackle themes of recovery, reclaiming urban and natural landscapes, and Paisley’s past and present.
A four-day abstinence based event featuring music, drama and comedy. There will be something to suit everyone so come along, meet new people and enjoy the entertainment.
RECLAIM THE FUTURE
A collaborative performance by young people, this evening of drama, dance, music and spoken word poetry aims to reclaim a more positive future about mental health and provide a platform for young people’s voices.
RECLAIM YOURSELF: SELFIE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Digital exhibition on the theme of reclaiming ourselves, made up of selfies demonstrating how people have reclaimed their mental health and wellbeing. The photos will be projected at various venues and shared on the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival Facebook page.
A creative workshop offering an opportunity to use a plethora of recycled and upcycled materials to reclaim your identity through collage. Each person will create a unique piece, supported by artist Julie Boswell of THIS WAY for that. Booking is essential as places are limited.
Julie Boswell is a mixed media artist, making unique up-cycled creations inspired by good stories, conciseness and her surroundings. She chooses to work with eco-sourced materials and found or gifted objects alongside oils, acrylic, textiles, installation, performance and photography.
RECLAIM: UPCYCLING WORKSHOP
Hands-on recycling and 3D workshop, focusing on how to creatively reclaim old furniture and equipment. The session will include demonstrations and advice on how to get started.
RECOVERY FEST: DYKEBAR & ME
Created by members of the long-term recovery group at Dykebar Hospital, this poignant film features personal challenges, triumphs and hopes for the future. This event also includes a post-show discussion with the filmmakers.
RECOVERY FEST: RECOVERY SHOWCASE
An open invitation to the Sunshine Recovery Café to experience how food, poetry and music can contribute to our recovery. Soak up the atmosphere of recovery with a free buffet and open mic performances from Sunshine Recovery Café’s Creative Writing Group and Paisley Guitar Group.
RECOVERY FEST: THE BIG PEACE & JAM
A music-making jam session hosted by Paisley Guitar Group and The Buddy Beat. Bring an instrument or something to make music with and take part in this popular annual event. Come for 9.30am to get a breakfast roll.
A night of local films bringing the past back to life! Moving image memories from Paisley Camcorder Club plus a discussion on the value of maintaining, revisiting and cherishing our heritage. Curated by Mental Health Foundation Film Lead Richard Warden.
SILENT NIGHT: THE GENERAL WITH LIVE SCORE
St Matthew’s presents a programme of short silent films by local filmmakers and artists, followed by the classic silent comedy The General. Leicester Square’s house organist Donald MacKenzie will provide live accompaniment on an original Norman and Beard organ.
SING YOURSELF HAPPY
Join us for a free afternoon workshop to learn songs with RockUs Choir, then sing with us at our concert in the evening. Bring your friends and family to hear you perform rock and pop songs, as well as take in a guest appearance from A Choired Taste.
SPREAD A LITTLE KINDNESS
Renfrewshire Anti Stigma Alliance (RASA) presents an online social media campaign to spread a little kindness using uplifting quotes throughout the month of October.
ST MATTHEW’S PRESENTS: NOUVEAU LIFE
A site-specific permanent exhibition exploring the artistry and heritage of St Matthew’s, created by an artist in residence working with the people and groups who know the building best.
THE RECOVERY PATTERN
An exhibition giving an insight into the development of Paisley's Recovery Pattern, created through a community art and design project for people in recovery from addiction and mental ill health. Products including mugs, bags and T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
We celebrate Paisley’s rich heritage by yarn bombing the town’s public statues. Community groups across Renfrewshire have worked with a textiles artist to create woollen garments for the statues – a humorous and uplifting way to reclaim our history!
WRITE TIME, WRITE PLACE
Join Voluntary Arts Scotland and award-winning poet Sam Tongue for this informal creative writing workshop. Stretch your creative muscles, have fun playing with words, learn tips for writing poetry, and work together on a collective piece celebrating the vibrant creativity of Paisley and how being creative makes us feel. Part of the ‘My Time’ poetry project.
WRITE TO RECOVERY: TASTER WORKSHOP
Everyone has a story – writing it down can help you in many different ways. Join the Scottish Recovery Network and RAMH to get a taste of their Write to Recovery programme, designed to help people affected by mental health issues.
YOU MATTER ALWAYS
A brainstorming session for young people and professionals to share their ideas on how arts and culture can positively impact mental health and wellbeing. Ideas developed at the event will shape the You Matter Always programme for Scotland's Year of Young People in 2018 and be included in Paisley's City of Culture bid 2021.