Future Paisley is a far-reaching cultural regeneration programme that harnesses the power of the arts, heritage and culture for social and economic change.

It draws on the rich heritage, cultural strengths and creative potential of Paisley and wider Renfrewshire to shape the area’s future.

Culture is part of all our lives.

It can mean the arts (music, dance, literature, theatre and visual arts), architecture, craft, design, digital media, museums, archives and artefacts, libraries, film and TV.

Culture can also mean everything that makes a place what it is: how people live in the present and understand their history, heritage and future.

Paisley’s cultural regeneration is physical/environmental, social and economic:

  • Physical and environmental: reimagining the town centre through the development of cultural infrastructure and transforming neighbourhoods and parks.
  • Social: investing in culture so communities thrive; reducing inequality, increasing community cohesion and creativity, supporting wellness and resilience, and creating new opportunities for our children and young people to flourish.
  • Economic: investing in culture with the aim to achieve inclusive growth that benefits all our communities and ensuring we can play our full role in the regional economy.

Everything we do is interconnected.

Some aspects of our Future Paisley programme focus on one specific area and others are cross-cutting, but all are inter-connected. For example, capital projects that deliver physical development and improve the fabric of our town centre will also deliver social, economic and cultural benefits. The programme is well placed to support Renfrewshire’s renewal and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our approach is rooted in partnership.

By working in an integrated, collaborative way as partners towards our shared current and rising priorities, it is envisaged that Paisley’s cultural regeneration will have the maximum impact for all our communities in the future.

Future Paisley supports whole system change, delivering both short term and generational benefits:

  1. Influencing and embedding culture to bring about positive social and economic change: integrating and embedding our partnership approach to cultural regeneration in practice across services and communities, connecting, adding value and increasing impact. Culture is woven through everything we do. We act as cultural envoys and collectively are a movement for change.
  2. Targeted cultural interventions funded through the Future Paisley Partnership: this activity maximises the impact of Future Paisley in the years leading to 2024. In the longer term, projects are designed with sustainability in mind, creating progression routes and further stepping-stones for the development of communities, individuals, organisations and places.

Step changes

We have five step changes:

  1. Radically change Paisley’s image and reputation in Scotland, the UK and internationally.
  2. Raise prosperity and increase wellbeing in our communities.
  3. Paisley will be recognised for its cultural innovation.
  4. Transform Paisley into a vibrant town centre.
  5. Develop a sustainable and resilient creative economy in Renfrewshire.

Our step changes and outcomes are interconnected and mutually dependent, delivered best through collaboration and contribution from all partners.

To successfully realise our step changes, we are focusing Future Paisley investment and our collective influence to embed arts and creativity in our policies and practice long-term – using well-established networks of to reach practitioners who engage with our communities, our cultural sector and local businesses every day.


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