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Examples of some of the fantastic arts & heritage events & exhibitions previously worked on
Previous Exhibitions & Events
Cinderella Colouring Competition, December 2019 - January 2020
An exhibition of all our entrants for our school's colouring competition.
Children's Art Exhibition, June - August 2019
A display of prints created by children who attend our term-time classes. Take a look at our kids art and drama classes here.
Art Class Exhibition, 12 - 24 June 2019, Eastwood Park Theatre
An exhibition of work created by over 60 adults who attend our term-time Drawing and Painting classes. Find out more about our classes you can join here.
Travelling Gallery - Displaced, 24-26 April 2019, Busby Primary, Netherlee Pavillion and Eastwood Park Theatre,
We welcomed the Travelling Gallery back for the third year in a row to East Renfrewshire with their new exhibition, 'Displaced'. Displaced explored how artists are responding to global migration and the refugee crisis. With ongoing international conflicts and the continued displacement of human beings, artists are asking us to question how we view, understand, and represent refugees and migrants. Can artists give an ethical voice to those who don't have one? Displaced was an international exhibition which focused on crisis abroad but also shone a light on Europe and our own country; charting journeys and often using transport, architecture and landscape alongside human experience. Each of the artists started their projects by placing themselves next to, and amongst, those who have left their home. They have listened to their stories and worked alongside Aid Organisations to understand and represent their struggles beyond victim-hood.
The exhibition included photography, printmaking, film and painting from artists Halil Altindere, Brendon Bannon, Broomberg and Chanarin, Elizabeth Kwant and Alberta Whittle.
Pupils from Busby, Netherlee and Our Lady of the Missions Primary visited the exhibition, along with participants from our heritage classes and the general public. East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure funded the visit.
Mearns Art Exhibition, 6 - 27 March 2019, Eastwood Park Theatre
A display of work created by the Mearns Art classes.
Yazidi women ISIS Survivors exhibition, Monday 28 January - Monday 11 February 2019, Eastwood Park Theatre
In August 2017 British artist Hannah Rose Thomas travelled to Northern Iraq for an art project with eight Yazidi women who had escaped ISIS captivity. The aim of the project was to use art as a powerful tool for advocacy; bringing their stories into places of influence in the West.
The exhibition displayed printed images of Thomas' portraits of the Yazidi women, alongside their self-portraits, photographs and testimonies.
In addition to the exhibition, a booklet with testimonies of Yazidi refugees based at the Serres camp, featuring images by Shannon Monroe Ashton and words by Holly Johnston was available to read.
Funded by East Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Government, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Interfaith Scotland; this exhibition was part of the events being held in connection with the National Holocaust Memorial Day.
WW1 in Giffnock, November 2018 - January 2019, Giffnock Library & Eastwood Park Theatre
A display commemorating men from Giffnock who lost their lives in WW1, including 'There But Not There' soldier silhouettes to remember those who did not return to their local communities, and art work created by our adult and children's art classes exploring the themes of remembrance.
232 Textile Group Exhibition, Wednesday 12 September - Monday 1 October 2018, Eastwood Park Theatre
A display of work created by members of the 232 Textile Group.
Travelling Gallery - Are Teenage Dreams so Hard to Beat? 15-17 March 2018, Eastwood Park Theatre and Arthurlie House
As part of our Year of Young People 2018 celebrations, we welcomed the Travelling Gallery back with their exhibition, 'Are Teenage Dreams so Hard to Beat?'. In the age of the internet and Generation Z this exhibition considered the contrasts of adolescence past and present, as nostalgic teenage magazines were exhibited next to the never-ending clickbait of internet culture.
The exhibition included work by artists Arpita Shah, Alice Theobald and Holly White, alongside archive material from Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh.
Pupils from Hillview Primary and St Ninian's Secondary visited the exhibition, along with art class participants and the general public, with the visit funded by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure.
Tesco Bank & National Galleries for Scotland Art Competition for Schools, 27 September 2017 - 14 January 2018, Eastwood Park Theatre
Eastwood Park Theatre was proud to exhibit the winners from Tesco Bank & National Galleries of Scotland 14th annual art competition. Schools from almost every council area of Scotland participated with 20 schools represented in the final winners. Find out more about the exhibition here.
The Good Old Days: Photo Display, various libraries
"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, Clarkston and Mearns Library. The display showcased old photos of the local area from the 1950s-1980s and newspaper adverts and cuttings from the 70s.
Art Class Exhibition, June 2017, Eastwood Park Theatre
A display featuring works created by participants at our art classes for adults. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Through the Lens: a Young Person's Perspective, May - June 2017 Eastwood Park Theatre
This photography exhibition was created by a forum for care experienced young people to express their views and opinions. This exhibition marked a step on a journey where professional artists supported the evolving creative voice of our young people.
Through the Lens was supported by East Renfrewshire Council and East Renfrewshire Small Grants Trust with in-kind sponsorship provided by The Articulate Gallery. Find out more here.
DIG presents - Oceanallover in association with Feral: Sea Hames, Neilston Windfarm
Sea Hames was a 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 fused sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate 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, February - March 2017, Eastwood Park Theatre Gallery
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. Read more here.
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. Tom has been involved in producing films on local history for several years and was inspired to make this new film due the 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', February 2017, Eastwood Park Theatre & Neilston Primary
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 exhibition asked 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 included; 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
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 captured images of 16 sets of mothers and daughters from mixed-race backgrounds living in Scotland. Find out more about the exhibition here.
"These portraits look at the complex identity of multi-racial 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."
3D Printer Project, Barrhead Foundry
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.
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
The Heritage Service mounted a fabulous exhibition about Shanks & Co. of Barrhead. 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. The exhibition was adapted and is now available to view online here
Wonderful exhibition! Very interesting and informative - well done!!