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Obituary – Dr Stella Gibson

Stella Elizabeth Grace Gibson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire in 1927 to William Hamilton Gibson, a General Practitioner, and Grace ( nee Baird ), a teacher. Stella, her twin sister Iris and their elder brother John all became medical doctors. Stella in particular was profoundly affected by the death of her father whilst on duty […]

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Stella Elizabeth Grace Gibson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire in 1927 to William Hamilton Gibson, a General Practitioner, and Grace ( nee Baird ), a teacher. Stella, her twin sister Iris and their elder brother John all became medical doctors. Stella in particular was profoundly affected by the death of her father whilst on duty in 1941, when a parachute landmine fell
on the Woodside First Aid Post. The mine killed ninety-two people, including William Gibson the senior casualty surgeon. Stella was very proud of her father, and spoke on behalf of the victims at memorial services held in Paisley on the anniversaries of the disaster.


Stella first went to study English Literature at the University of Glasgow, graduating with an MA in 1949. Although she wanted to become a doctor, she and her sister had to wait to get onto the medical course due to the priority given to returning servicemen and the subsequent limit on female applicants. In 1947 the university admitted one woman to every
four men on its medicine course. Glasgow and the Scottish universities in general were more progressive than the London medical schools which had only all become co-educational in 1947 .

Stella was not deterred, and graduated with her MBChB in Medicine and Surgery in 1954, followed by a Diploma in Public Heath from the University of Glasgow in 1959. She got a post as Deputy Medical Officer first for Clydebank, and then for Paisley in 1968. She worked as a consultant in Public Health Medicine at Argyll and Clyde Health Board until her
retirement in 1988. Stella never married and lived with her twin sister Iris, a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, until Iris’ death in 1993. She lived in Paisley all her
life but loved travelling all over the world. She was adventurous and curious about history and culture. She was interested in art, especially local painters . She enjoyed visiting the Highlands and Islands, reflecting her love of nature, wildlife and the sea. Her other passion was for animal welfare; she and her sister Iris were involved in cat rescue throughout their
lives. She was an active and charitable person, and was a former president of the Soroptimists International in Paisley.

She died on 22nd April 2020 aged 92.

AGM 2020 (1st notice)

Annual General Meeting (1st notice) Dear Members, after receiving advice and guidance from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, we have decided to proceed with arrangements for the Annual General Meeting.  The AGM will be held by virtual meeting (Zoom) and be held on Tue 1st December at 7pm. An Agenda and papers will be issued in the following […]

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Annual General Meeting

(1st notice)

Dear Members, after receiving advice and guidance from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, we have decided to proceed with arrangements for the Annual General Meeting.  The AGM will be held by virtual meeting (Zoom) and be held on Tue 1st December at 7pm.

An Agenda and papers will be issued in the following ways.  An email from PAI will arrive with AGM documents attached.  Postal copies will be sent to those who have no internet access or email address and may be unable to attend virtually.  These papers will be issued six weeks in advance of the AGM no later than 19th October.  Due to the restrictions of Covid-19 and a ban on social gatherings we cannot hold a public meeting in person or in a venue.  A Guidance document will be issued for attendees to show the Zoom link for joining the meeting and to make clear the voting procedures and the manner of raising questions from the floor.  Members will be able to express postal votes in advance or vote on the night.

Nominations for Committee
A number of vacancies have arisen in the Committee due to some members stepping down and retirals.  We invite members to Nominate themselves or any other member as a potential candidate.  Nominations must be supported by a proposer and seconder. #see note

To Nominate go to this link https://forms.gle/5yfMocYm4NGiRweM7
(Postal forms will be sent out to those members with no email access.)
The deadline for any such nomination is 21st October 2020.

#Note: Proposers and Seconders should send confirmation of their chosen candidate by emailing nominations@paisleyartinstitute.org
As per the PAI Constitution nominations will be considered by the Management Committee on 22nd Oct 2020 and brought to AGM for ratification. 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
We hope Paisley Art Institute Members will continue to recognise the value of making an individual financial contribution to maintaining an art institution with over 132 years of annual exhibitions.  The financing of the annual exhibition, website, and administration of PAI, depends on Membership subscriptions.  PAI is amongst the longest established open entrant exhibiting societies and a vital platform for creative self-expression. While we are in this current state of hiatus, brought about by Covid-19, and further complicated by the closure of Paisley Museum, and the temporary loss of our exhibiting venue, we are thankful for the continued loyal support and patience of the membership.  

Subscriptions are due by the 31st of October.  Payment options include Standing Order, Bank Transfer or PayPal, Credit or Debit card or lastly, by post, by Cheque.

Current subscription rates are:  Artist members £25, Lay members £15, Life membership £350.  Please help us by ensuring we receive your payment by the 31st October 2020.  Members due for renewal are kindly asked to do any of the following:

1. Visit our website Membership page for more info https://paisleyartinstitute.org/members-list/artist-members/
2. or Click here for Artists Renewals
3. or Click here for Lay Members Renewals
4. or Click here for Life Membership
5. If paying by Standing Order make payment to Paisley Art Institute Sort Code 80-07-74 Account no. 00701385 
6. If paying by Cheque send to PAI Membership Secretary, Paisley Art Institute, c/o Unit 33, Sir James Clark Building, Abbeymill Business Centre, Paisley, PA1 1TJ  

* Please note options 1-4 allow for payments by PayPal or Debit Card.
Full name, email & postal address, telephone numbers are recorded by the Paypal form.  There is no additional form required to complete the process.  Membership queries should be directed to mailto:membership@paisleyartinstitute.org

Media Release – July 2020

THE 132nd PAISLEY ART INSTITUTE ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION GOES ONLINE IN 2020 25 July – 6 September 2020 Launch Event SAT 25 July 4pm on www.paisleyartinstitute.org (All welcome) This year, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the much-anticipated Paisley Art Institute Open Annual Exhibition, the 132nd edition no less, will take the form of an online […]

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THE 132nd PAISLEY ART INSTITUTE ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION GOES ONLINE IN 2020

25 July – 6 September 2020

Launch Event SAT 25 July 4pm on www.paisleyartinstitute.org (All welcome)

This year, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the much-anticipated Paisley Art Institute Open Annual Exhibition, the 132nd edition no less, will take the form of an online presentation for the first time in our history.  The 132nd PAI Annual Online goes live on www.paisleyartinstitute.org on Saturday 25 July and continues online until Saturday 6 September 2020.

These unparalleled circumstances offer Paisley Art Institute a pivotal opportunity to embrace something of the scale and excitement of presenting one of Scotland’s longest running annual exhibitions in a gallery setting whilst reimagining what artists and visitors might experience of the PAI Annual in an online environment.

We had an overwhelming response to our open call for submissions. From an open call, we received 628 entries. Just over 60% of artworks submitted were from Open Entrants. Undeterred by showing work in a virtual rather than physical setting, exhibiting artists invite us to consider themes that have been felt universally in 2020: human connection, a love of nature, the turbulent times we live in to name but a few.  Artists showing work come from across Scotland and further afield. The Annual Online will display work by artists at all stages of their careers including submissions from highly regarded artists who are Paisley Art Institute Diplomates including, Charles JamiesonJames CosgroveRobert Murray and Joan Murray, who have embraced the opportunity to show work on this virtual platform. 

With its rich tradition and history as one of Scotland’s longest running exhibitions, ‘porting’ the PAI Annul online has been a fascinating challenge which presented us too with a unique opportunity to reflect on the cultural heritage of Paisley.  In the 1820s the Jacquard loom was being used to propel Paisley as a leading light in Scotland’s textiles industry.  The intricate punch card input method used laid the foundations of computer technology and ‘coding’ in particular – the building blocks of creating our online presentation.

We are delighted to have worked with Berlin-based Paisley Buddie Andrew Hopkins as our Digital Collaborator who has designed a bespoke series of  virtual viewing rooms.  It has been important for Andrew to amplify the creative energy of his hometown, especially during lockdown when he is physically cut off from Scotland. 

A specially convened Selection Committee of PAI Artists Members chose work specifically with the online context in their sights.  Eòghann MacColla, Convenor of the Paisley Art Institute Exhibitions Hanging Committee said “It was a real pleasure for the selection team to review the works we received via the artists call out.  The quality of submissions has been so impressive and encompasses a wide range of techniques.  The process of selecting works for an online exhibition has been a fascinating challenge and a unique one. We are sure the range of work on display will bring some much-needed vibrancy, colour, and joy in 2020.  We hope the 132nd Paisley Art Institute Annual Online will also offer an opportunity to reflect on our collective experience of this pandemic through several pieces which deal very directly with the lockdown theme.  It has been humbling to see how a number of artists exhibiting in the 132nd PAI Annual Online have directly taken their experience of lockdown and used this time to make a personal creative response, exploring themes of personal wellbeing and our universal need for connection.

As you would expect a range of Paisley based artists are included in the 132nd PAI Annual Online, including:

  • Alexander Ramsay with his piece ‘Lockdown Fever’ – Alex was recognised with an award for his work during the 2019 PAI Open Annual exhibition
  • Caroline Gormley, PAI Vice President is exhibiting this year as is artist Sandy Guy who, with Caroline, is co-founder of the ‘Made in Paisley’ Studio and Gallery.
  • We are delighted to include examples of work by an up and coming generation of Paisley based artists such as Angela Pieraccini, whohas lovely circular geometric works included. 
  • Paisley based painter and PAI Artist Committee Member, Moe Rocksmoore, presents her signature atmospheric skyscapesin this year’s Annual Online. 

Our universal experience of living through the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has unsurprisingly generated some highly creative responses.  Themes of self-care, wellbeing, isolation and connection and the familiar symbols of face coverings and rainbows all appear in the exhibition.  Participating artist, Wendy Greig, is a fulltime anaesthetic nurse in the NHS who paints and draws in her evenings and weekends. Describing her art practice as ‘a lifeline during the current crisis’. Her works are in soft pastel, portraits. 

Other examples of ‘crisis responsive’ artworks in the Annual Online include:

  • Ilona Dynowski Red run an almost apocalyptic street scene. 
  • Lynn Howarth’s portrait of a frontline worker wearing a mask
  • Boo Paterson ‘COVID Old Glory’ our poster image for the PAI exhibition in 2020. 
  • Former PAI Vice President Al Strachan and his colourful collages relating to being housebound and Zoom
  • John Andrew’s Lockdown work, ‘Joan in a mask’. John discovered his passion for visual art ‘later in life’.  He has natural talent and flair for painting and drawing and is returning to exhibit with PAI after first doing so in 2019.

This year for the first time ever, the Paisley Art Institute website will host an online shop, where much of the artwork on display will be available to purchase during the duration of the exhibition.

ENDS

For further information please contact:  Elise Kelly, Admin Officer on 0141 882 4520 or email:  admin@paisleyartinstitute.org

A selection of high resolutions images are available on request for the 132nd Paisley Art Institute Annual Online.  To request an image, please contact Elise Kelly admin@paisleyartinstitute.org

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. Direct link to exhibition page: https://paisleyartinstitute.org/exhibitions/pai-132-online/         
  2. Details of more than 20 Artists’ Prizes awarded in conjunction with the PAI Annual Online will be announced after 7 August 2020 on www.paisleyartinstitute.org and on @artpaisley social media channels.
  • Paisley Art Institute is now recognised as a leading exhibition body in Scotland. Current membership sits around 300 and continues to grow, with more than 270 registered artist members.  One of the longest running artist centred networks in Scotland, almost one in four PAI members are Renfrewshire based. Paisley Art Institute’s reach is national, with artist members spread across Scotland from the Borders to the Isle of Skye as well as members in other parts of the UK. 
  • Paisley born artist John Byrne is amongst several individuals who have been recognised as honorary Paisley Art Institute Diplomates
  • Paisley Art Institute has made a longstanding contribution to the local creative economy, most recently at the 131st  annual exhibition in 2019, held in a temporary exhibition space in a disused supermarket in Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre, due to the closure and refurbishment of Paisley Museum, 467 works of art were on show, achieving record sales for exhibiting artists and attracting almost 9000 visitors. 
  • Paisley Art Institute’s founding patrons included leading local industrialists of the day who contributed artworks and started Paisley’s highly regarded permanent collection of art, now managed by Renfrewshire Leisure.  The Collection attributed to Paisley Art Institute is held at Paisley: The Secret Collection and  includes paintings by The Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists; there are also significant works by artists such as: Boudin, Rousseau, Corot and Professor Alphonse Legros as well as contemporary works by PAI Diplomates including: Joe Hargan, James Cosgrove, Helen Wilson, Robert Kelsey, John Kingsley, Charles Jamieson, Liz Knox, Alan King, Helen Turner, Bill Wright, Tom Shanks, Anda Paterson, Tom Allan, Alastair Ross, and Artist Member, Falconer Houston.  For more information, visit https://paisleyartinstitute.org/collection-archives/

Announcement

Tom Shanks RSW RGI PAI (1921 – 2020) Paisley Art Institute Diplomate Tom Shanks was a respected and admired artist; PAI are saddened to hear that Tom is no longer with us and send condolences to his family and his many friends.  Encompassing all shades from the dramatic to calm, his watercolour paintings uniquely evoked […]

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Tom Shanks RSW RGI PAI (1921 – 2020)

Paisley Art Institute Diplomate Tom Shanks was a respected and admired artist; PAI are saddened to hear that Tom is no longer with us and send condolences to his family and his many friends.  Encompassing all shades from the dramatic to calm, his watercolour paintings uniquely evoked the atmosphere and beauty of Scotland; his contributions to the Institute’s Annual Exhibitions will be missed. 

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, he had many and varied creative skills, and his life will continue to resonate through his work.

Call for Entries

Paisley Art Institute is delighted to announce its 132nd Annual Online. Due to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, and the Corona Virus pandemic, our exhibition for this year will be entirely ONLINE. ENTRY DETAILS (in brief) are here below. Online Registration:  open 11 May 2020 till 7 June 2020 Selection announced:  15 June 2020 Online Launch: […]

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Paisley Art Institute is delighted to announce its 132nd Annual Online.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, and the Corona Virus pandemic, our exhibition for this year will be entirely ONLINE.

ENTRY DETAILS (in brief) are here below.

  • Online Registration:  open 11 May 2020 till 7 June 2020
  • Selection announced:  15 June 2020
  • Online Launch:  25 July 2020

NEW ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

You will need to sign up to Submittable before accessing the entry form. Use your own email address as you will receive confirmation emails to authorise access. There are also options to sign up via an existing Facebook or Google account. Use an account where you want to receive and read messages as all exhibition correspondence from us will be via the email you use. Please type carefully. If you need assistance with this process please mailto:admin@paisleyartinstitute.org

All artists must register their entries online at this site. https://pai.submittable.com/submit

Applications must be completed by the deadline Sun 7 June. This registration process is to assist us during the selection and cataloguing process. Online submission of entries does not guarantee selection. Assistance will be provided for any entrant who has accessibility issues with the form.

Sales & Fulfilment:  Work will be sold via our website shop. Fulfilment of orders will be by artists own courier arrangements. PAI sales team will provide purchasers details, by consent, at the end of the exhibition run.

FEES for ENTRANTS 

All entrants must pay £5 per artwork entered. There is a maximum of 2 works that can be entered (£10). All works submitted for the online exhibition are considered by the Selection Panel.

  • Decision to accept or reject any work is final.
  • Feedback is not provided on individual submissions.
  • The panel will not enter into discussions nor make any exceptions on the final selection.
  • No reproductions of any kind and no works that have already been exhibited at the PAI, may be submitted.

Payment is made during the registration process. Payments are accepted by Paypal, or debit or credit card. Entries will not be accepted without payment and refunds will not be offered for works not selected, or applications not completed by the deadline. Submission fees are non-refundable.