My Story

As Paisley waved off its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, the bid documents themselves were all given a unique twist.

Artists, designers and groups with links to the town were invited to design bespoke front covers for the documents.

Bound with thread donated from Coats, the company to whom Paisley’s fortunes were tied and which is still a global force, each has its own Paisley inspired design.

As they are handed over to the judging panel of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who organise the competition, we can reveal the inspiration behind some of the 25 covers.

Read Bovine's story below.

Digital artist Bovine hails from Paisley but prefers not to reveal his real name.

His atmospheric front cover came from a poster for a short animated film he made called River Moth.

The artist said: “I tend to use night time scenes where you can see the morning coming in.

“I imagined it as if it was the view taken from the old County buildings in Paisley, so you could see the Abbey, Town Hall and the Coats Memorial Church."



He said he was stunned when he was asked if the image could be used as a bid front cover and added: “I’m still quite shocked to be honest but I’m really pleased that so many more people will get to see my work.

“There’s so much behind the Paisley bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and I’m so proud and pleased my work is part of it along with all the others.

“It’ll definitely get more eyes on it.”

The 27-year-old  says he hopes the bid will transform the town and said: “Anything that brings more culture anywhere is a good thing. I always hear from the generation before me how vibrant Paisley used to be and how it has changed.

“Bringing more culture and the arts here can only be positive. Even seeing some of the amazing murals that have been painted around the town has been amazing.  You can see things are starting to happen already and life is starting to come back to the town centre.”