The 132nd Paisley Art Institute exhibition goes online for the first time

Visitors to the 132nd Paisley Art Institute exhibition will be able to enjoy wonderful artwork from the comfort of their own homes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation is hosting its  highly-anticipated annual exhibition online.

Organisers say the move online has given the organisers an opportunity to embrace something of the scale and excitement of presenting one of Scotland’s longest running annual exhibitions in a gallery setting whilst reimagining what artists and visitors might experience of the PAI Annual in an online environment.

They received an overwhelming response to an open call for submissions with 628 entries.

Paisley Art Institute is holding its annual exhibition online from Saturday A Fisherman’s Tale, Wendy Greig (Image: PDE (supplied))

A specially convened selection committee of PAI artists members chose work keeping in mind how it would work online.

Eòghann MacColla, convenor of the PAI exhibitions hanging committee, said “It was a real pleasure for the selection team to review the works we received via the artists call out.

“The quality of submissions has been so impressive and encompasses a wide range of techniques.

“The process of selecting works for an online exhibition has been a fascinating challenge and a unique one.

“We are sure the range of work on display will bring some much-needed vibrancy, colour, and joy in 2020.”

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Organisers said many of the works on display have been inspired by the ongoing global pandemic.

Paisley artist Alexander Ramsay’s piece Lockdown Fever will be exhibited alongside Masked Angel by Lynn Howarth and Covid Old Glory by Boo Paterson.

Paisley Art Institute is holding its annual exhibition online from Saturday Lockdown Fever, Alexander Ramsay (Image: PDE (supplied))

Themes of self-care, wellbeing, isolation and connection and the familiar symbols of face coverings and rainbows all appear in the exhibition.

Eòghann added: “We hope the 132nd Paisley Art Institute annual online will also offer an opportunity to reflect on our collective experience of this pandemic through several pieces which deal very directly with the lockdown theme.

“It has been humbling to see how a number of artists exhibiting in the 132nd PAI Annual Online have directly taken their experience of lockdown and used this time to make a personal creative response, exploring themes of personal wellbeing and our universal need for connection.”

Paisley Art Institute is holding its annual exhibition online from Saturday Masked Angel, Lynn Howarth (Image: PDE (supplied))

Other Paisley artists included in the online exhibition are Caroline Gormley, PAI Vice President, Sandy Guy who, with Caroline, is co-founder of the ‘Made in Paisley’ studio and gallery, up and coming Paisley-based artist Angela Pieraccini, and PAI artist committee member, Moe Rocksmoore.

The PAI also worked with Berlin-based Buddie Andrew Hopkins as a digital collaborator who has designed a bespoke series of virtual viewing rooms.

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This year for the first time ever, the Paisley Art Institute website will host an online shop, where much of the artwork on display will be available to purchase.

The exhibition opens online at 4pm today at and will run until Sunday, September 6.

Daily Record – Paisley