Paisley First Mural Series


Following on from the success of our recent murals in the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street, Lawn Street and Lady Lane, we are now moving to Incle Street.

The wall at the side of Elma Whyte School of Dancing is one of the most prominent locations in the town as a main thoroughfare for traffic in and out of the town.

Adelle Maasz who took over the running of the school from her mother, Elma Whyte, in 2012, said:” We believe that the pedigree and the heritage of arts-based excellence that the Elma Whyte dance school represents, as well as the highly visible location of the school, mark the site out as a great opportunity to add to the Paisley mural project that has brought the town so much positive publicity.”

“We are looking forward to playing our part in such an inspiring community project.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Giving the youth of Paisley a voice

Work is well underway on the concept for another mural in the Paisley First Walls series, thanks to another of the town’s community groups.

CREATE Paisley offered free mural design workshops in partnership with Paisley First and mural artist Mark Worst.

This time the emphasis was on giving the youth of Paisley a voice on their views of their home town, with the workshops open to young people aged 12-21.

The sessions saw the group go on a tour of the existing murals throughout the town centre, participate in brainstorming sessions, and work on designs together.

All the young people involved in the project had a great opportunity to learn how to design a mural, work to an artistic brief and create a large scale gable wall artwork.


Lady Lane reborn as artist completes work on Paisley First mural

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron, Sharon Breen of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, David Eagle of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Kevin Cantwell


Local artist Kevin Cantwell has completed the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

This stunning work incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare who own the wall which now proudly displays the mural, said: “We were delighted when our funeral home was identified as the next location for a mural and it’s been great to be involved with such an inspiring community project.”

‘’Community is at the heart of Co-op and we’re always happy to support such incredible local talent. The mural truly represents the roots of Paisley and we hope the residents are as delighted with it as we are.’’

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “Kevin is a well-known artist in Paisley whose commissions are always popular thanks to the level of detail in his work and the same rings true at Lady Lane, it really is beautiful.”

“We were delighted to be able to bring a mural to Lady Lane, it’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre.”

Artist Kevin Cantwell said: “It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really do add to the vibrancy of the town.”

“It’s always great to see art bringing happiness to people and making them smile.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these stunning murals through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.”

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is to showcase the creative talent within the town and highlight Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike. The latest mural at Lady Lane by popular local artist Kevin Cantwell does just that.”

“The existing murals in the town are fantastic examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings and I believe this new artwork will help encourage people to explore the amazing sights around Paisley.”

Made in the Mill takes centre stage at Lawn Street


The latest mural in the Paisley First Walls Series has been completed in the town’s Lawn Street with a message from one of the town’s community groups taking centre stage.

Made in the Mill worked with Paisley based artist Duncan Wilson to create a design concept which raises awareness of mental health.

The group, an artists’ collective based in Mile End Mill Paisley and supported by the NHS, works with artists who use art and creativity as part of their recovery.

Artist Duncan Wilson, who completed the mural in just 10 days, said: “I always enjoy working outside on murals, it’s a great opportunity to talk to passers-by and local businesses about the project and to hear their positive feedback about how the mural’s developing.”

“I hope it also gives a voice to all the participants at Made in the Mill who took part in creating the design and that it conveys the message they wanted to share with Paisley.”


Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, Alastair Marshall and Mandi Cowan from Made in the Mill, artist Duncan Wilson, NHS Creative Arts Co-ordinator Sarah Grant with Made in the Mill’s Derek Collins and Paisley First Vice Chair David Wallace

Sarah Grant, Creative Arts Coordinator with the NHS Network Service, who supports Made in the Mill, said: “‘The NHS and Made in the Mill are delighted with the mural – it looks amazing! It conveys a great message about recovery, which came directly from the group and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.”

“We hope that everyone will connect with the message of ‘getting your head above the clouds’ and taking time out to relax and breathe.”

“Made in the Mill promotes creativity in recovery and the members of the group have spent several weeks, working with artist Duncan Wilson, to develop their ideas.”

“The group have loved the opportunity to be involved in such a public piece of art and are so pleased with the outcome and the wonderful job that Duncan has done.”

Mandi Cowan from Made in the Mill, who came up with the initial concept, said: “Stop and take a breath, it just helps anybody with everyday life.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “I am sure this latest mural will prove yet another great talking point for the people of Paisley and visitors to the town.”

“Each mural has its own distinct theme and it’s great to see our community groups tackling the big issues and sending out such a strong message.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The existing murals already make wonderful additions to the town centre and we are delighted to have helped Paisley First fund this great project.”

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid is to create opportunities to harness the power of culture makes people’s lives better – involvement in cultural activity has a proven impact on health and well-being.”

“For this latest mural to be raising awareness of mental health issues is a perfect way to bring that message to life.”



The new stars of Storie Street….


The latest mural in the Paisley First Wall Series has been completed with one local youngster taking centre stage in promoting the town’s proud heritage.

Seven-year-old Eva Rose Ross from Paisley won the competition to be commemorated on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

Local artist Caroline Gormley and co-artist Sandy Guy have been braving sunshine and snow for the last couple of weeks to complete the “Buddie” artwork.

Caroline said: “This mural encourages young people to be curious and to engage with their rich heritage. Hopefully, it will inspire them.”

Eva Rose, who attends St Fergus Primary School, said: “I love everything about Paisley and I still can’t believe that a mural of me is now part of the town.”

“I think it looks great and I am proud that I am playing my part in helping to promote Paisley as a great place to visit.”

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, seven-year-old Eva Rose Ross and artists Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson added: “Both completed murals have received a really positive response and there are more in the pipeline.”

“They really are making a difference in the town and we can’t wait to see the reaction to the rest of the murals we have planned.”

“Community art groups are also getting involved in some of the upcoming murals; these murals are for the people of Paisley, by the people of Paisley.”

“This is just one of a number of projects aimed at getting local people actively involved in what’s happening in their hometown.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “We were delighted to support Paisley First to produce these murals through our Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, which aims to boost the local creative scene as Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is lodged.”

“Mark Worst’s giant kingfisher on Johnston Street has been turning heads now for weeks, and this latest mural is a lovely piece of work by Caroline Gormley.”

“These murals aren’t just brightening up the town centre for residents and visitors, they are also shining a spotlight on some of the wonderful artistic talent we have here, and I congratulate all involved.”



Proud mum Lee-Ann, who runs Uptown Barbers in the town’s High Street, said:”We are thrilled that Eva Rose was chosen to be the face of the next mural. She is a proud Paisley Buddie and always loves getting involved in anything going on in the town.”



Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, artists Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy with Eva Rose Ross and Gracie Sarah Cochrane

Caroline’s artwork was originally inspired by an image she had seen of another seven-year-old, Gracie Sarah Cochrane.

Gracie and competition winner Eva Rose Ross exchanged gifts, framed by Framing Art Paisley in the town’s Old Sneddon Street, to mark the completion of the mural – Gracie gave Eva Rose a framed sketch of the image Caroline used to paint the youngster.

Eva Rose then gave Gracie a framed image of Caroline’s original sketch of Gracie when the artist first started to put together potential ideas for the wall.


Johnston StreetAlexander Wilson MuralThis mural depicts a beautiful kingfisher perched next to a ball of yarn, while the distinctive Coats Memorial Church appears in the background.

The work highlights one of the town’s most famous and relatively unknown sons, Alexander Wilson, as well as one of the town’s iconic buildings and some local wildlife.

The kingfisher, a bird that can sometimes be spotted on the Cart, represents the life and work of Alexander Wilson, who is credited with establishing ornithology as a science. Originally a weaver poet, Alexander Wilson moved to America where he studied wildlife and travelled widely, documenting and drawing hundreds of illustrations of birds on his way.

The Coats Memorial Church was built in memory of Thomas Coats, founder of the town’s biggest thread firm.

This mural is designed to amalgamate just some of Paisley’s rich historical and cultural past.

Paisley artists Mark Worst, 26, and Ross Dinnett, 25, painted the three-storey mural after undergoing special safety training specifically for the job.

Mark said: “At 16m, this is one of the highest murals I’ve ever painted and it’s certainly the most unusual. Ross and I have had to do training to operate the scissors lift to get up and down the gable end. “

Paisley First project leader, Melanie Hughes, who developed the wall concept with the artists said: “Thanks to additional funding from Renfrewshire’s Cultural Events and Heritage Fund, this is going to be the first of several murals in Paisley’s town centre and we are excited to see the reaction of town centre businesses and the local community.”

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson added: “This should help make the town centre more appealing to potential businesses and visitors, as well as to Buddies themselves.  It’s a project that will help breathe new life into the town and hopefully, raise its profile. Ultimately, we want this project to increase footfall and encourage people to spend money in local businesses.”

“We asked local artists to submit their proposals for various locations around the town and we have had some terrific entries.”

Ian added:“Some of Mark’s work can already be seen around the town in places such as Brown’s Lane where he has painted a spectacular mural on the outside wall of The Bungalow featuring Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.”

“He has also painted another mural on one of the walls of the beer garden at the popular Paisley pub DeBeers and Mark produced the artwork on the shutters of the music shop in Causeyside Street.”

Paisley First would like to acknowledge the support they received from Paisley South Housing Association and its tenants.