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Art Projects led by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

We currently have a range of ongoing commissions and projects from working with schools, community spaces and public art, to working with vulnerable or elderly people.
These are just a few examples of our live projects and case studies of our previous work can be viewed below.

Travelling Gallery

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure provided funding for the Travelling Gallery to visit East Renfrewshire since 2017. We have hosted three of their exhibitions; 'EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT' (2017), 'Are Teenage Dreams so Hard to Beat?' (2018 part of our Year of Young People celebrations) and 'Displaced' (2019). We had hoped to host their 2020 exhibition, 'Shapes of Water' as part of our Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 celebrations, but unfortunately this was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Over the years, hundreds of visitors have been to the Travelling Gallery in East Renfrewshire. We have brought the gallery to a number of sites including Eastwood Park Leisure, Busby Primary, Neilston Primary, Arthurlie House, Netherlee Pavillion and St Ninian's High School. We've had primary and secondary school groups visit, along with our art and heritage classes - and of course the general public too!


Get Creative 2019

We hosted a series of free workshops at Eastwood House as part of the Get Creative festival. Workshops were available for all ages to participate in and covered a range of different art forms including watercolour painting, sewing, photography, jewellery-making, printing, animations and crafts.

We hope to be part of future festivals, and in 2020 will be supporting #GetCreativeAtHome.

Barrhead Housing Storyboarding Workshops

In 2018 and 2019, we hosted storyboarding workshops for groups and individuals in Barrhead applying for funding for community projects. Participants learned about poster design and were supplied with materials and expert help in order to showcase their ideas for funding to the public.

St Thomas' Primary - Creative Heritage

In 2018, pupils from Primary 4,5,6 & 7 at St Thomas', Neilston, participated in a series of commissioned workshops to use creative skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of their local heritage. Pupils learned about the local area's past from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure's Local Studies Librarian. Using original source material, classes explored maps, photographs and information on Neilston, including it's connection to the textile industry, and created group and individual artworks covering sewing, 3D printing and digital design, calligraphy and poster design and performance skills.

Year of Young People 2018

As part of the Year of Young People 2018, we worked with group of local young people to apply for funding from Young Scot. The group were awarded £2000 from the Sandy Watson Memorial Fund, which they used to run stress-busting activity sessions for young people in East Renfrewshire, including an art therapy workshop. More details can be found on our news page.

Gemmell Statues

Blind Fiddler East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Arts & Heritage Team arranged for Primary 6 pupils from Eaglesham Primary to attend a full day workshop with writer and illustrator, John Fardell to explore the history of Eaglesham's Gemmell Statue Collection and create their own graphic novel based on the characters. Copies of the novel will then be professionally printed and John will return to the school to show pupils the completed versions of their creations.

The Gemmell Statues were created in the mid-19th Century by local sculptor William Gemmell. The workshop is part of a wider project in conjunction with East Renfrewshire Council, which has helped to carry out essential conservation work on the statues and will also create a local heritage display in the recently refurbished Carswell Centre thanks to an £18,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. ERCL's Local Studies Librarian worked with pupils in advance of the workshop to teach them about the historical significance of the statues.

For more information on the statues, you can visit ERCL's heritage website.

Year of History, Heritage and Archeology 2017

ERCL received a grant from the Heritage Lottery to work with communities in Busby and Barrhead to create artwork to commemorate 2017 being the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Participants in the arts and heritage project, 'Ebb and Flow' attended a historical workshop to explore the role the textile industry played in the heritage of East Renfrewshire. Two groups participated in screen-printing workshops, led by the Glasgow Print Studios, at Arthurlie House and Busby Memorial Hall, to illustrate the history on textile banners. 

Read more about the project here.

DIG presents - Oceanallover in association with Feral: Sea Hames 

Sea Hames is the latest performance project from leading physical theatre and street performance company Oceanallover. Inspired by Orkney's 'Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match' this multi-disciplinary performance fuses sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate costume design to explore the mythology and iconography of the horse, the plough and the land.

Inspired by Orkney's 'Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match' this multi-disciplinary project is driven by sonic composition, visceral physical theatre and bold costume design to explore the mythology and iconography of the horse, the plough and the land. The event was free to attend.


Artist in Residence
On behalf of Barrhead Water Works we developed an Artist in Residence placement to aid community engagement and assist in forming an identity for the site alongside local residents.

The Barrhead Water Works is an imaginative project that has transformed a derelict sewage works into inspirational park.
Barrhead Waterworks was chosen by public vote to be the Scottish flagship site for Grow Wild; administered by Kew Gardens and was winner of 'Best Environment Project' in the National Lottery Awards 2016.
Visit the blog created in 2016 by James Gow, the Artist in Residence for the project:

The Water Works rainbow

Girls and Their Mothers Artist Talk and Workshop

In 2016, Higher Photography and Art & Design pupils from St Ninians and Barrhead High came to view the exhibition 'Girls and Their Mothers' and 'Only Words' by photographer Kim Simpson. Kim gave the pupils a guided tour of the exhibition discussing its themes, her inspiration and working practice. Pupils then participated in a question and answer session before taking part in a short photography workshop. View more about the exhibition here.

St Johns Primary 3D Printers

In the Summer term of 2016, P6 pupils from St John's Primary in Barrhead worked with arts specialists to create designs for their own dream school using Tinkercad. The pupils then watched as their designs came to life using a 3D Printer. An exhibition of the pupil's designs is currently on display at Barrhead Foundry. Why not go and have a look for yourself?


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