Exhibition Opening

24th May 2021
Exhibition Opening
Scottish Drawing Competition 2021
Exhibition Opens Fri 4 June, 11am
We will be delighted to welcome visitors to this LIVE EXHIBITION from 11am on Friday 4th June.  we are open daily Tue-Sat (closed Sun/Mons) 11am-5pm.  The exhibition is held at Artspace37, Unit 37-38 The Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley PA1 1EL.  The gallery is a large open plan, well-ventilated, space.  However visitors must be masked and keep 2m apart for social distancing COVID-19 regulations.  Sadly we cannot run a launch party or social gathering with hospitality as Level 2 restrictions are still in force. 

Full Colour Catalogue and Sales list available on 4th June.
Paisley Art Institute’s Scottish Drawing Competition returns after a four-year hiatus, from 4th – 26th June.  Works featured are from PAI artist members and open entrants, with 181 selected to feature in the exhibition. 

Rowena Comrie, Chair of Paisley Art Institute says: “The Paisley Art Institute Scottish Drawing Competition is a surreal mirror that reflects the variety, ingenuity, obsessions, ideals, joys, passions and pains of contemporary life by artists from Paisley and beyond. At last, an exhibition that you can visit in person, to appreciate the experience of enjoying culture, right in front of you.

Drawing has featured heavily in people’s lives during lockdown and emerged in entrants’ work.  Emerging themes are:  creative resilience; mental health and well-being; how people are coping; with physical health – struggling with sleep; trying to figure out a new life path; imagining places they can’t travel to; also re-imagining familiar places, cityscapes and buildings; as well as reaching out for family.  Black Lives Matter has also been a theme with people power and identity and politics coming through.  Nature and landscapes also features heavily in many of the works.  

The exhibition features three video works with the themes of movement; Makin’ Bread – working with the elderly to make bread, exercise and make art.   There are some powerful abstract works inspired by spirograph and circular drawings referencing our ancestors work in caves which have a textural quality as well as an intimacy. Some works are dark and some expressive. Some show us a very tangible expression of frustration – all very 2021.

Accessing the Exhibition
Unit 37-38, The Piazza – google map
Level access throughout for people with disabilities. The Piazza also has disabled toilet facilities
Adj. Gilmour Street Station
Adj. Smithills Street & High Street
Local Buses McGills – Network Map
Car Parking at Moss St, Hunter Street & Car Park 
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