It’s been a fantastic 12 months since we launched our bid to become UK City of Culture 2021- a year which has encapsulated the spirit of Paisley and the potential of our town.
From hosting large-scale events like the British Pipe Band Championships and the Scottish Album of the Year Awards to initiating cultural conversations at Westminster and with the local creative scene, we have re-energised the area and generated a real positive outlook for the future.
We couldn’t have made the strides we have without the support of our partners and we recognise that the bid is stronger as we work together.
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
"Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the town's rich heritage while looking to the future. The bid is a chance to attract international visitors, create jobs and make Paisley an exciting place to live."
Ross McCulloch, Director, Third Sector Lab
“Paisley is a great town with a rich history and the ambition and talent required to build a bright and successful future.
“The Paisley Daily Express is proud to back the City of Culture bid and confident that it will go a long way towards securing the dreams and aspirations of generations to come.”
Cheryl McEvoy, Editor, Paisley Daily Express
“The 12 months following the launch of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 have passed in a brilliantly creative, connected and colourful flash – and there is so much more to come! Paisley deserves this opportunity and with everyone’s support Paisley will win. #WeArePaisley”
Alan McNiven, CEO, Engage Renfrewshire.
“We’ve seen changing attitudes, a growth in pride and more belief in Paisleys potential. From initial conversations to the SAY Awards, Community Culture Tours and Paisley Selfies, the engagement opportunities successfully piqued interest, captured imaginations, reminded us of our brilliance, and brought a town together. Heads are held a little higher!”
Sharon McAulay, Project Manager, STAR Project
“Create Paisley supports Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021. We see a Paisley where every young person has the best opportunities and the best start in life and a successful bid would support that vision, empowering thousands of young people with creative and life-changing opportunities.”
Alan Clark, Project Manager of Create Paisley:
“We’ve a fantastic chance of success - all of us at LNP Promotions are fully supportive of our bid - we are right behind it.
“Paisley is unique, no other place has our cultural base and heritage to build from. And of course we have the Paisley Pattern – iconic and globally recognised.
“We are doing our bit; working with others in partnership to promote and take part in fantastic live music and performance events.
“We are all Paisley – support your town and support the bid.”
Gary Kerr – LNP Promotions
“Paisley.org.uk has been at the forefront of promoting Paisley for 20 years exactly this month and it gives me great pleasure to support the bid for Paisley to become City of Culture 2021.
“Paisley has lots to offer, and visitors to the area would be surprised what we have in such a small area, from the weaving and textile industry right through to modern day apprentices via inCube and Invest in Renfrewshire.
“Paisley's time is now.... I look forward to the future.”
Brian McGuire, Paisley.org
"The anniversary of Paisley 2021 is a reminder to us all of how energetic and culturally vibrant the town is.
“It is a place packed with activity and cultural innovation, with communities full of artistic and creative practitioners. I am delighted to support this bid, Paisley is a brilliant town."
Lisa Whytock, Director of Active Events and Artistic Director- The Spree Festival
“In the past year since the launch of Paisley 2021 Bid for UK City of Culture we have seen fantastic support from our business community as they understand the potential economic benefits an exciting year-long cultural programme will bring.
"Just imagine the difference 1 million extra visitors and additional £50 million income will make to Paisley & Renfrewshire’s economy in 2021. This is the prize and by showing your continued support we can bring it home for Paisley!”
Bob Grant, Chief Executive- Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
“UWS is extremely proud to be one of the key partners of Paisley 2021 and to contribute to initiatives related to the bid such as the Pride of Paisley and the innovative digital art exhibition, which was recently launched at Paisley Museum and was commissioned by the University in support of the bid.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS