7th September – 20th October
Paisley Art Institute (PAI) is staging its 131st Annual Exhibition in a temporary venue in central Paisley in a vacant supermarket in The Piazza shopping centre, owing to the closure and major refurbishment of Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, scheduled to re-open in 2022. It is Scotland’s longest running annual open exhibition.
With 3,000 sq ft. of floor space, the new venue will allow PAI to stage its annual exhibition with some flair, as well as open up exciting opportunities for artists to display work in a non-traditional venue. This PAI hopes, will attract artists who are new to the organisation (founded 1876) to submit work, giving them the opportunity of showing work alongside many of PAI’s 250-strong Artist Members.
Leading English artist John Walter will appear as Guest Artist, bringing his Virtual Reality project, The Fourth Wall, to the exhibition – a new VR work creating imaginary landscapes where John invites viewers to enter a virtual playground of symbology surrounded by immersive sound, music, text and highly colourful imagery. The artist describes himself as a maximalist and his work is both esoteric and profound in his use of highly-recognisable everyday objects, symbols and motifs. He has a particular fascination with pattern, none more so than the world famous Paisley pattern, which is referenced in this new work.
Adjacent to Paisley Gilmour Street Station, with level access throughout.
Paisley PA1 1EL