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Paisley's Bid for
UK City of Culture 2021 Bid Covers

Paisley 2021/Renfrewshire Council, 2017

Paisley's Bid for UK City of Culture 2021 was submitted in the form of 25 Japanese bound documents, printed on cotton stock, each page french folded with internal Paisley Pattern, and each one with a bespoke cover made by an artist, designer or community group.

I managed the bid cover project, briefing and art directing diverse contributors to create work that would meet the required technical specification and reflect the diversity of talent in and around Paisley. 


I also adapted some of the work; in the examples shown art directing photography for a poem by an inmate from HMP Low Moss; applying a fabric spine to hand painted wood; sewing a pleated cover in bespoke tartan.

The covers were recognised by the DCMS judging panel and by the bid Partnership Board as something very special, expressing the talent and passion of Paisley people. 


Rachel E Millar—sign painter

Jane Hunter—textile artist

Andrea McCarthy and Laura Provan— jewellers, Paisley Pins 

Willie W—painter, HMP Low Moss

Dan Coughlan—weaver and textile curator

Molly Courtenay, Andrea Lee, Janice Fairful—quilters, Paisley Patchers

Jason B—printmaker, HMP Low Moss

Disability Resource Centre Arts Group

Renfrewshire women serving community payback orders

Lil Brookes—Artist

Brian Denholm—painter, Glenburn Stroke and Disability Group

Dyane Lanez—knitwear design, Tout Petit

Ryan Goodwin—Poet

Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy—artists

Bovine—video artist

Ken MacDonald—Houston Kiltmakers

Dominika Zurawska—artist

Paisley Recovery Pattern Group

John Cairns—film maker

boredomresearch—digital artists

Graeme Andrew—architect

Frances McArthur—quilter, Paisley Patchers

Russell M—poet, HMP Low Moss

Dermott Egan—artist

Mariam Syed—weaver

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