What are your hopes for the future of Paisley?

Tuesday 25th January, 2022

The Future Paisley Podcast is a series of conversations between people working in culture and in communities.

The latest episode (#11) explores the impact of Covid-19 on culture and in neighbourhoods – with debate on the challenges, responses and ideas for the future.

It sees local artists Caitlin Mooney and Indie McCue, Gillian Steele, director of ReMode, and Robert Blair, editor of Mill Magazine, discuss their hopes for Paisley’s future and how to create public spaces that reconnect us in a post-pandemic world.

This special episode was filmed in the Future Paisley exhibition which showcases the town’s pioneering approach to culture-led regeneration, and is now open until Saturday 19 March in the Piazza Shopping Centre.

You can watch the podcast here:

This podcast was commissioned by Architecture and Design Scotland on behalf of the Scotland+Venice Partnership, as part of the What If…?/Scotland and Future Paisley exhibition programmes, and produced by Erskine Arts.


What If….?/Scotland exhibition

The What If….?/Scotland exhibition was produced by award-winning Edinburgh-based architecture and design practice 7N Architects, in partnership with Architecture & Design Scotland, and seeks to re-engage the civic role of design professionals by asking communities from across Scotland to share their hopes and dreams for the future of the places they call home.

Originally designed to be staged in Venice as part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the exhibition responds to the Biennale’s theme How will we live together?.

At the start of 2020, prior to the first national lockdown, 7N paired 25 people from five places –Paisley, Wester Hailes in Edinburgh, Annan, Elgin and Lerwick – with 25 designers, architects, and artists, to share their hopes, dreams or wishes for the future of their place.

The architects and designers then used these wishes to begin exploring ideas in response to the community challenges being faced. As we emerge from the pandemic, the notion of people in Scotland’s communities coming together to plan for a better future has never been more important.

This collaborative process has been captured in a series of short films by Bash Art Creative. In this short film five citizens of Paisley (Linzi Clark, Johannes Gonani, Alison Love, Gillian Steel, Dr Valerie Wright) come together with five designers (Ffion Roberts, 7N Architects, Graeme Nicholls, Graeme Nicholls Architects, Ian Alexander and Henry McKeown, JM Architects, Gerry Grams, Threesixty Architecture, Anne Duff and Cathy Houston, Voices of Experience) to share their hope, wish or dream for their place.

You can watch the short film here:

Panels from the What if…?/Scotland – Paisley exhibition are on display as part of the Future Paisley exhibition.