Community Art
Renfrewshire Quality Award Winner 2012 Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Welcome to the fifth programme of the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. The festival has grown and has become established with a regular place in Renfrewshire’s cultural calendar.A local community focus is the
feature of the festival with over 70 different organisations and groups collaborating and contributing to the programme
Renfrewshire was the host to the national Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival launch last year and was glad to be sharing some local talent on a national stage. The events are all focussed around improving our mental health and wellbeing, highlighting that arts are good for our health, and many events are inexpensive or free so please come and give something a try!
In 2012 the Festival was delighted to be awarded a ‘Renfrewshire Quality Award’ in the Health category. It was a great night with the award being presented by weather man Sean Batty and the recognition should be shared with all our partners. One of our key partner groups The Buddy Beat has also gained recognition in 2012 with a trio of honours: Finalist in Renfrewshire Quality Awards, View PDF
Wall of Stigma
A TALENTED group of artists is attempting to tackle the ongoing stigma that surrounds mental health issues by staging a public art exhibition in Paisley.

Bosses at The Sunshine Gallery, which is based at The Paisley Centre, have teamed up with organisers from the 2010 annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival for a groundbreaking project.

Local artists Garry Byars and Caroline Gormley plan to create a giant mural - measuring 10 feet by six feet and covered with 70 canvas 'bricks' - on the third floor of the shopping centre.
Visitors will be encouraged to remove a brick and have their silhouette painted in its place, choosing a colour and word which reflects their feelings on the day.
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Buddies in the Picture Paisley Cross Cenotaph

A proud gran has captured a little piece of Renfrewshire history. Delighted Annette Smith has won a unique draw to pick up an original painting of Paisley Cross.

Artist Garry Byars gave shoppers the chance to put themselves in the frame of his latest picture and raise money for the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
People passing by his Sunshine Gallery in the Paisley Centre In-Shops could pay a donation of £1.50 and have themselves drawn as a small figure in a spot of their choice in the painting.
Everyone who paid was entered into a prize draw to win the finished work, with lucky Annette Smith being picked out of the hat.
Buddies in the Picture Paisley County Square
A TALENTED duo are giving Buddies the chance to put themselves in the picture by taking part in a public art event.

Garry Byars has created four works of art which feature scenes of Paisley - and, in return for a small donation in aid of a worthy cause, people can see themselves being painted into the artwork.

The fundraising drive is being staged as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which runs throughout October.
Original hand painted stencils
Created by making unique stencils taken from photographs This could include your family and friends or your favorite idols and icons.