Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival

Friday 3 - Sunday 26 May, 2019

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Connected’.

A wide range of programming focuses on the importance of staying connected to each other, and the impact of isolation on our mental health.

You can read more about all the festival events happening in Renfrewshire on the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival website (use the link below and search by ‘Region’).

You can also download a brochure highlighting all the Renfrewshire events:

Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival 2019 programme (pdf)

We’ve listed the programme for you here too:

Mindspace Open Art Exhibition
7-12 May

An open art exhibition which celebrates wellbeing and creativity. Artworks on display represent the work of local art groups and artists who recognise the value of creativity to their wellbeing or who have used art as part of their recovery to health.
The Old Post Office Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley PA1 1EL

Moving Parts
8-26 May

An exhibition of digital imagery and film by Peer Focus Recovery Photography Group which explores Paisley’s mechanised industrial past. The work was made in collaboration with artists from the Threadlines Project, part of Renfrewshire Council’s Paisley TH.CARS2 regeneration programme.
Paisley Job Centre Plus, 49a High Street Paisley PA1 2AN

Artisan’s Institute: Weaving Exhibition
13-18 May

As part of TH.CARS2, this exhibition of woven textiles has been made by a group of participants from the STAR Project, Phoenix Activity Group, RAMH, InCube, the DRC, and KAIROS with support from Glasgow Clyde College weaving tutor Amy Bond.
Made in Paisley, 69 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AY

Get Connected! Festival Launch Event
Tues 7 May, 12.30–2.30pm

You are invited to the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival launch event, which kicks off the festival in style and gives a taste of events to come.
The Old Post Office Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley PA1 1EL

Finding Yourself
Weds 8 May & 15 May, 10.30am–12.30pm

Artist in Residence, Jim Buchanan, will be demonstrating the mental health benefits of labyrinth creation. These are creative workshops, aimed to increase confidence and wellbeing. No previous knowledge of labyrinths required. #FindingYourself
STAR Project, 12–14 Wallace Street, Paisley, PA3 2BU

Girls Night In
Weds 8 May, 7-8.30pm

Columnist and author Shari Lowe will discuss her book Because Mummy Said So! a funny collection of features about family life. Complimentary Prosecco, cupcakes and chocolate will be served along with therapy sessions courtesy of Eve Spa. Refreshments and therapies included with entry.
Erskine Library, Bridgewater Place, Erskine PA8 7AA

Silent Disco

Join Active Communities and Ya Dancer for an endorphin boosting silent disco! We will provide all the fun, the stress-busting, the exercise, the party atmosphere and mood-lifting vibes minus the noise pollution. With Pals of the Privies in Ferguslie and Families First in Gallowhill.

Weds 8 May, 7-9pm
Glencoats Park, 23–39 Westpark Drive, Ferguslie Park, Paisley PA3 1RS

Sat 18 May, 1-3pm
Gallowhill Community Centre, 166 Netherhill Road, Paisley PA3 4SF

Women in the Landscape
Thurs 9 May, 10am – 12pm

Our mental health and wellbeing benefit when we nourish our connections to landscape, earth and nature. Delve into poetry and fiction by women writers including Amy Liptrot and Helen MacDonald and discover how creative writing about ecology and environment can empower and nurture. In partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library. 18+ and women only. All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.
Kairos, 16 Quarry Street, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA5 8DZ

Textiles and Wellbeing
Fri 10 May, 1.30-3.30pm

A seminar as part of TH.CARS2 exploring the positive impact that textile making can have on people’s sense of health and wellbeing. Presentations from Prof Jacqueline Atkinson, Dr Alison Mayne and Dr Anna Fisk will be followed by a discussion. Booking advised.
Paisley Methodist Central Hall, 2 Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP

Spinning Workshop
Sat 11 May, 10.30am-3.30pm

As part of TH.CARS2, a day long beginners’ workshop in hand spinning led by fibre artist Laryna E Wuppermann. Materials will be provided and booking essential. For ages 14+ but under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult.
WEvolution Paisley Hub, 25 Moss Street, Paisley PA1 1DJ

Walk With Me
Sun 12 May, 2-4.30pm

A mindful afternoon on the theme of connectedness between ourselves, each other and the earth. A screening of Walk with Me, a mindfulness meditation documentary, will be followed by refreshments and a short movement workshop, led by mindfulness practitioner Vicky Kakos.
The Old Post Office Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley PA1 1EL

Artisan’s Institute: Weaving Workshop
Mon 13 May, 1-4pm

As part of TH.CARS2, join professional weaver Amy Bond for a drop-in weaving workshop.
Made in Paisley, 69 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AY

Don’t Be Board!

Join other gaming enthusiasts in the Festival Hub for two afternoons of board game workshops. A range of fun and strategy games will be on offer, with enthusiasts at hand to introduce you to new, exciting worlds. With Renfrewshire Libraries gaming groups.

Tues 14 May, 2-4pm
Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

Tues 21 May, 2-4pm
The Old Post Office Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley PA1 1EL

Walk A Mile
Weds 15 May, 12.30-1.30pm

Renfrewshire AntiStigma Alliance (RASA) invites you to our annual event to challenge discrimination and stereotyping, one conversation at a time. This flat one-mile walk is suitable for all ages and abilities. Everyone is welcome.

Fountain Gardens, Love Street, Paisley PA3 2DZ

Buddy Beat: Hit the Beat
Thurs 16 May, 10–11.45am

Join Renfrewshire’s award winning The Buddy Beat for a morning of rhythm and wellbeing. No experience necessary. Fun guaranteed.
Johnstone High Parish Church Halls, Ludovic Square, Johnstone PA5 8EE

Create Café: Open Mic
Fri 17 May, 7.30-10.30pm

Create Café is a free safe creative space for 12-21-year olds to express themselves through music or art and connect with friends.
Blend Coffee Lounge, 25B Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UL

Natural Dyeing
Sat 18 May, 10am–3.30pm

As part of TH.CARS2, a daylong beginners’ workshop exploring natural dyeing techniques led by textile artist Gillian Steel. For ages 14+. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a participating adult. Materials provided.
WEvolution Paisley Hub, 25 Moss Street, Paisley PA1 1DJ

Laughter Yoga and Mask Making
Sat 18 May, 2-4pm

Interactive talk and laughter yoga from Well Happy, followed by a creative mask making session encouraging people to think about the masks we wear in our lives and what that means for connection, communication and mental health.
Disability Resource Centre, 74 Love Street, Paisley, PA3 2EA

Fundamental Conduit
Saturday 18 May, 7-10pm, £5 (pay at door)

Event showcasing arts project Fundamental Conduit who mix spoken word and music to create an exciting show which promotes positive mental health for all participants. There will also be support from the Paisley Guitar Group and The Well Happy Band.
Callum’s Cavern, 66 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP

Faith, Hope and Mental Wellbeing
Tues 21 May, 10am-1pm

Join us in exploring the role that faith and spirituality have in promoting or maintaining mental health and how connections within faith communities can provide hope for the future. Includes lunch and a creative makers activity.
Elim Christian Fellowship, 18–20 Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1X

Dance Grooves
Weds 22 May, 12-12.45pm

Join the Renfrewshire Carers Centre for a gentle dance fitness session that connects diverse movements, great music and good vibes. Suitable for all levels and abilities.
Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Unit 55, Embroidary Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, Paisley PA1 1TJ

Finding Yourself: Labyrinth of Light
Weds 22 May, 2-4pm

The labyrinth has long been used for meditation around the world. Artist Jim Buchanan will be creating a labyrinth of light for people to walk and practice mindfulness. This will be a magical experience. #FindingYourself
Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

Big Piece & Jam
Weds 22 May, 10am-3.30pm

A showcase of talents and skills from workshops and group activities within the Sunshine Recovery Café.
St Mathews Church, Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

At Our Best
Thurs 23 May, 11am-2.30pm

Music and dance performance by various artists. Putting people at the heart of their own creativity and delivery, connecting people through live performance, promoting wellbeing and good mental health.
Johnstone Town Hall, 25 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8EG

Listen & Learn
Thurs 23 May, 1-3pm

Listen and learn event for people to engage in a discussion exploring the importance of wellbeing, good mental health, and feeling connected and belonging in recovery paths. You can also listen to poems and stories, and visit information stalls.
Methodist Central Hall, Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EB

Kibble Allsorts: Creative Connections
Thurs 23 May, 7-9pm

Pupils and staff will present an evening of entertainment featuring the Kibble Band, short films, dance and musical theatre. In partnership with West College Scotland and other national arts organisations.
Gannochy Theatre, Kibble Education and Care Centre, Paisley PA3 2LG

Clarsach Clearing
Fri 24 May, 2-3pm

Live music in hospital is known to positively affect the mental health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staff. This concert by acclaimed harpist Rachel Hair brings modern and traditional music to elevate the atmosphere of the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Atrium Balcony, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Corsebar Road, Paisley PA2 9PN

Finding Your Flow
Sat 25 May, 10am-3.30pm

Live music in hospital is known to positively affect the mental health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staff. This concert by acclaimed harpist Rachel Hair brings modern and traditional music to elevate the atmosphere of the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
WEvolution Paisley Hub, 25 Moss Street, Paisley PA1 1DJ

Follow Your Feet: Wellbeing Walk
Sat 25 May, 12-1pm

Join members of the Youth Commission for a walk around Paisley. Learn about Paisley’s history and take time to focus on your positive mental health and wellbeing. Participants will be encouraged to leave positive messages on social media using #FollowYourFeet.
Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10 Recommendations on Mental Health
Sat 25 May, 12-4pm

The Youth Commission will speak about the recommendations they would like organisations to adopt when working with young people who experience poor mental health.
Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

Digital Wellness
Sat 25 May, 1.30-3.30pm

Open youth drop-in space aiming to promote mental health awareness and empower young people to maintain their own positive mental health. Incorporates digital based learning and digital creativity outlets, including virtual reality and more.
YMCA Paisley Makerspace, 14 William Street, Paisley PA1 2LZ

Open Mind Fest is a youth-curated strand of the festival based in Paisley. The festival explores youth mental health through everything from music, film and art, to theatre, poetry, and journalism.

All events and workshops are open to young people aged up to 25 and take place in Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ.

Open Mind Fest: Live Stage
24-26 May, 11am-5pm

A jam-packed programme of performances, workshops and panels, all showcasing the relationship between music, the arts and mental health. Hosted by Erskine Music and Media Studio.

Journalism and Mental Health
Sat 25 May, 1-2pm, £2

An important workshop exploring how mental health is portrayed in the media, how this affects young people, and what we can do to improve this.

Poetry Workshop
Sat 25 May, 2.30-3.30pm, £2

A workshop with poet and journalist Robert Blair exploring poetry as a cathartic way to broach mental health issues.

Autism, Mental Health & Creativity
Sat 25 May, 4-5pm, £2

Anxiety and depression affect up to 40% of the autism population. This workshop will explore how, with the correct support, people with autism can make a huge contribution to society.

Sat 25 May, 7.30-8.30pm, £7/£5

In a world where we are more connected than ever, are we really connected at all? This brand new devised performance from PACE Young Rep Company will examine what is to blame for the alarming mental health crisis facing young people.

Film Competition
Sun 26 May, 4-5pm

Screenings of the shortlisted films from the Open Mind Arts Competition.

Awards Ceremony & Celebration
Sun 26 May, 7-9pm

An awards ceremony and celebration of the work produced as part of Open Mind. The ceremony will be hosted by Create Paisley’s youth panel Young Creators who have co-designed this year’s festival.



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