2023 promises to be an amazing year for Paisley and Renfrewshire and we want everyone to join us as the start of some of our much-loved venues return.
The re-opening of some of Paisley’s key cultural venues as the ongoing once-in-a-generation investment nears completion means that in 2023 and 2024, we will begin to welcome back some new and improved community assets that we operate on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.
We can't wait to welcome everyone back to our new and refurbished venues.
Paisley Town Hall
Re-opening later in 2023, Paisley Town Hall will once again be the striking centrepiece at the heart of the town’s life. Building on its 140-year history, the new and improved town hall will attract more and bigger performances, bringing with it more people to Paisley.
The renovated town hall will offer state of the art technical facilities, high speed internet connection, screening room, main hall with seating over three floors for 700 delegates and 8 unique breakout spaces.
Take a look at this fly-through video showing the new town hall.
Paisley Arts Centre
Paisley Arts Centre is currently undergoing an amazing transformation designed to enhance accessibility, comfort, and facilities.
We’re increasing the size of the bar/foyer area with an extension out front and will be replacing the seating bank and for the first time there will be wheelchair accessible spaces available on the first floor.
As well as audiences, artists are central to the creative life of the building and brand-new backstage facilities for visiting performers will make them feel welcome in Paisley.
The studio space will be available for rehearsals and developing new work while a smaller, multi-purpose function room can be turned to a variety of creative and commercial uses. Outside will change too, with a remodelling of the pavement and outdoor space to open up the Arts Centre, offering new spaces for performance and making the building more accessible.
Paisley Learning and Cultural Hub
Work is ongoing on the creation of a new, modern community and educational facility housing library services in a formerly vacant High Street unit. Paisley Central Library used to be located within Paisley Museum, but in its new home it will stand as an icon on the high street, with the aim of attracting more people into the town centre and the venue.
The new central learning and cultural hub complements other investment by the Council in the town centre, such as the nearby Secret Collection museum store, outdoor spaces, and ongoing work to help property owners restore historic buildings.
Opening in 2024, the world-class museum refurbishment is the flagship project in the regeneration of Paisley and Scotland’s biggest cultural heritage capital development. Home to galleries, an observatory, heritage centre, public gardens, events, and more, the reimagined museum will be at the heart of the local community – and open for everyone to learn, discover, create and connect.
The new museum will be a vibrant and accessible cultural hub providing welcoming facilities to the community whilst attracting visitors to Paisley from across Scotland and beyond.
The stories behind the museum and the treasures it holds have been extensively and collaboratively researched and will be shared more widely in the months ahead – building excitement as we look forward to revealing the jewel in our cultural crown.
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