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
Brian Denholm—painter, Glenburn Stroke and Disability Group
Dyane Lanez—knitwear design, Tout Petit
Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy—artists
Ken MacDonald—Houston Kiltmakers
Paisley Recovery Pattern Group
John Cairns—film maker
Frances McArthur—quilter, Paisley Patchers
Russell M—poet, HMP Low Moss