Future Paisley Exhibition

Wednesday 5 January - Saturday 30 April, 2022

Paisley’s future is being transformed through the power of culture.

Visit us, see why we can be a leader for towns everywhere, and give us your ideas.

The Future Paisley exhibition is an immersive experience for visitors with innovative use of maps, graphics, 3D digital models and augmented reality to bring Paisley’s story to life like never before.

We’re exploring Paisley’s unique approach to culture-led regeneration by studying its architecture, design and built environment, including:

  • Past: how the Paisley of today was shaped by its history; how it grew to become centre of the world’s textile industry, and the change and challenges of recent years.
  • Present: bringing to life the collection of major projects currently happening in and around the town – from creating an international-class museum to becoming Scotland’s new home of advanced manufacturing.
  • Future: asking for your ideas on how Paisley can evolve to meet the big issues facing the world in the next decade: from recovery from the pandemic, to the climate emergency.

The exhibition also now includes a community display – called Postcards from the Future – which showcases artwork created during a series of workshops where various school pupils and community groups were asked for their hopes for the future of the town.




Where and when is it on?

We’re in Unit 27-28, Piazza Centre, Paisley until 30 April 2022 and we’re open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 4pm (except public holidays).

Who is behind the exhibition?

The exhibition is being led by Renfrewshire Council, with support from One Ren. It was designed by architectural and design practice Lateral North.

Future Paisley is the wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future.

What else is happening?

You can enjoy the full exhibition experience from the comfort of your own home, by visiting our digital exhibition.

The exhibition also hosted  a series of ‘Grand Conversazione’ events, where leading figures from the arts, architecture and academia will discuss how urban design and place-shaping can tackle major world issues such as pandemic recovery and the climate emergency.

The ‘Grand Conversazione’ events have all now taken place but you can watch them here.

Rewatch our 'Grand Conversazione' events

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