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Exhibitions and Events - East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

Exhibitions and Events

Exhibitions and Events within East Renfrewshire

Look out for our range of events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Current Exhibitions & Events

The Good Old Days: Photo Display, free, Clarkston Library

"Fascinating stuff" ..."wonderful, all our yesterdays"...."a terrific display. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing days of yore!" - these are just some of the comments left by visitors to our 'Good Old Days' display at Giffnock Library and Mearns Library. This popular display has now moved to Clarkston Library so why not pop in and take a look? There are old photos of the local area from the 1950s-1980s and newspaper adverts and cuttings from the 70s to browse and enjoy.

The Good Old Days

Tesco Bank & National Galleries for Scotland Art Competition for Schools, 27 September 2017 - 14 January 2018, Eastwood Park Theatre, Free

Eastwood Park Theatre is proud to exhibit the winners from Tesco Band & National Galleries of Scotland 14th annual art competition. Schools from almost every council area of Scotland have participated with 20 schools represented in the final winners.

Tesco Bank (large)

Previous Exhibitions & Events

Art Class Exhibition, Monday 12 - Friday 23 June, Eastwood Park Theatre, Free

The artwork on display showcases a cross section of the fantastic work produced in the many art classes for adults available to join at Eastwood Park Theatre.

Through the Lens: a Young Person's Perspective, Monday 22 May - Tuesday 6 June, Eastwood Park Theatre, Free

A brand new photography exhibition created by a forum for care experienced young people to express their views and opinions.  This exhibition, which runs to 6 June, marks a step on a journey where professional artists support the evolving creative voice of our young people. 

Through the Lens is supported by East Renfrewshire Council and East Renfrewshire Small Grants Trust with in-kind sponsorship provided by The Articulate Gallery.

DIG presents - Oceanallover in association with Feral: Sea Hames, Neilston Windfarm 12 May, Barrhead Waterworks 13 May, Free

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.

Performances took place at Neilston Windfarm and Barrhead Waterworks


Showcase; Eastwood Park Theatre Gallery, 25 January - 7 March 2017, Free

This exhibition explored the incredible standard of work produced by National 5 and Higher Art & Design pupils from across East Renfrewshire Secondary Schools. Examples of expressive and design units were on display, as well as portfolio pieces that demonstrated incredible talent, imagination and creativity from the future generation of artists.


Made from Textiles: The Story of Rouken Glen and Thornliebank (a film by Tom Marchant)

We were delighted to host the premiere of 'Made from Textiles: The Story of Rouken Glen and Thornliebank', by local filmmaker Tom Marchant during Scottish Local History Week (4th - 11th March) Tom has been involved in producing films on local history for several years and was inspired to make this new film due the recent opening of the new walkway at Rouken Glen, which exposed previously hidden examples of the early water engineering for the works at Newfield and Thornliebank.

The film went down a storm with the audience at Giffnock Library. When we asked what they enjoyed about the night some commented: "Really interesting film with a great insight into our local history"..."Finding out things I knew nothing about despite living in this area for 40 years" ...."Please continue these types of events. Learning about the past is so important for our future. Thank you"


The Travelling Gallery 'EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT', Eastwood Park Theatre & Neilston Primary, 28 February - 2 March 2017, Free

The Travelling Gallery is a custom-built, mobile, contemporary art space inside a big beautiful bus, which brings high quality contemporary art exhibitions and events to schools and communities throughout Scotland. The spring 2017 exhibition asks how "we can abstract ourselves from the commonplace workplace and what humour, joy and subtleties can be found in our routine, commute, labour, administration and leisure." Exhibiting artists include; KP Brehmer, Tessa Lynch, Jamie Green and Amalia Pica. Pupils from St Ninian's High, Neilston, St Thomas' and Uplawmoor Primary schools attended workshops funded by ERCL and the gallery was also open to the public to visit.


Kim Simpson: Girls and Their Mothers, Eastwood Park Gallery, 8 October - January 2017, Free

As part of End Hate Crime Week and in partnership with East Renfrewshire's Corporate Equalities Team, we were delighted to host 'Girls and their Mothers'. Photographer Kim Simpson has captured images of 16 sets of mothers and daughters from mixed-race backgrounds living in Scotland.

"These portraits look at the complex identity of multiracial individuals, a visually underrepresented group in Scotland.  Instead of questioning their ancestry or scrutinising their appearance, I chose to photograph girls and women of mixed heritage and their mothers with an intent to question social perception.  These images display their relationships, linking these girls and their mothers together while at the same time respecting their disparity."

Girls and their mothers exhibition

3D Printer Project, Barrhead Foundry, Free

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. A 3D printed object is created by laying down successive layers of material/filament until the object is formed. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

Through spring 2016 we worked with P6 young people at St John's Primary to experiment for the very first time with our 3D printer. The class decided to redesign their school and ideas were not in short supply! We learnt lots from the young people's designs as they transferred their brilliant creations into a free app called Tinkercad.

The Story of Shanks, Barrhead Foundry, Free

In March 2016 for Scottish Local History Week the Heritage Service mounted a fabulous exhibition about Shanks & Co. of Barrhead. If you missed this, don't worry, as you can find out more from an online version of the exhibition coming soon. On the day visitors were inspired to reminisce and share their own stories, creating a vibrant atmosphere and of course, there is nothing to quite match the experience of seeing the artefacts first hand.

Shanks 3

Wonderful exhibition! Very interesting and informative - well done!!

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