Paisley Arts Centre activity at Sma’ Shot Day 2019

Enjoy an exciting range of free performances and workshops in and around Paisley Arts Centre at this year’s Sma’ Shot Day.

After the traditional Burning of the Cork, families will be able to enjoy face-painting, puppet shows, craft workshops and an outdoor beach to experience the weaver’s annual holidays ‘doon the watter’.

Plus, don’t miss the ever-popular Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam showcasing talented poets from Paisley and beyond.


1.15pm – 1.30pm – Burning of the Cork – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

A highlight of the Sma’ Shot Day celebrations that sees the ‘Corks’ (the middlemen between the owners and the weavers) meet their fate at the hands of the working weavers in spectacular fashion. This year’s burning of the cork has a brand new design that’s not to be missed too! Right2Dance will also deliver a short pre-Burning of the Cork performance with live music in front of Paisley Arts Centre at 1.15pm.

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Doon the Watter – Seaside Experience – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… Forget travelling to the seaside this summer – we’re bringing it to you with deck chairs and an outdoor beach for the kids! Let’s just hope the sun has its hat on…

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Urban Market presents ‘Makers’ Market’ – Paisley Arts Centre main auditorium

A contemporary Makers’ Market, showcasing a variety of innovative Scotland based designers and makers, featuring clothing, jewellery, accessories, interior design, gifts and souvenirs. Confirmed stall holders include; Loopy Lally, Clydeside Soap, Cookie’s Dog Bakery, Wee Jaggy Plates, Flutterby Gift Boutique and Wiktor Printmaker.

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Face painting – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Let your imagination run wild and be transformed into anything you like with free special FX make-up and face painting.

1.00pm – 5:00pm  Puppet shows with Big Top Circus – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Laugh until your heart is content with traditional puppet shows featuring a cast of hilarious, colourful characters (shows last 40mins, beginning every hour).

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Crafts with Louisa presents Paper Crafts -Paisley Arts Centre studio

Get the kids’ creative juices flowing and have lots of fun with this free drop-in stamping and collaging workshop. Louisa will be on hand to help create a scene inspired by ‘Doon the Watter’ using a selection of handmade stamps with the iconic Paisley pattern design, then learn a creative collage technique to turn the motif into a variety of aquatic creatures. Free, no need to book – just drop in!

1.00pm – 5.00pm – JuJu Books presents Woven Spine Bookbinding Workshop – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Using professional book binding tools and materials, learn how to make and sew a bright notebook to take home with you. Custom foiled and designed exclusively for Sma’ Shot. This drop-in workshop is for adults and over 14s due to the sharp tools used. Places are limited.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Knitting on Cloud Nine “Doon the Watter” – Paisley Arts Centre studio

It’s the first Saturday of July so let’s head to the beach just like the Paisley thread workers and their families would have done, all of those years ago. Rosie from Knitting on Cloud Nine and in conjunction with Incube Renfrewhire is offering 3 fun activities to appeal to kids of all ages. Rosie teaches knitting and is passionate about helping people learn the traditional skill in a fun, modern way while helping the planet by using sustainable materials.

Activity 1 – Jolly Jellyfish. Age toddler + (with a little help from Mum or Dad).
Bring your drawing & colouring skills to design your own jolly jellyfish and add some trailing tentacles from waste textiles and yarn.

Activity 2 – Driftwood Wall Hanging. Primary age kids +
Take the beach vibe back home by making a floaty wall decoration that would look great inside or outside.

Activity 3 – Knit a Tiny Fish. Primary age kids +
Come and have a go at knitting – it’s easier than you think. You could just try a few rows or if you are so inspired can go on to make a really cute little fish in super chunky wool in gorgeous colours.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Block Print Workshops with Paria Goodarzi – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Learn how to print and use a stamp/block print to design your own tote bag using the Paisley Pattern and design reflecting contemporary cultural identity. The workshop is available for all ages and will be led by textiles artist Paria Goodarzi. Places are limited 6 – 8 places per session and each session lasts 45 minutes.

7:00pm – 10:00pm – Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam – Paisley Arts Centre

A favourite of the Sma’ Shot Day celebrations. See top poets from Paisley and beyond compete for the £50 prize money and entry to the Scottish Slam Finals in Edinburgh. This year’s event will feature spoken word artists Jenny Lindsay and Martin O’Connor.

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