Paisley School of Art is just what we need
Painter calls for town’s very own study hub
A lick of paint and splash of colour is just what Paisley needs.
That’s what one talented Buddie thinks and she’s on a mission to bring painting to town.
Artist Caroline Gormley dreams of opening a painting school in the town.
“I have lived in Paisley all my life,” Caroline said.
“A painting school is exactly what this town needs.”
Making it as an artist wasn’t always easy for the 48 year- old, which is one of her motivations for setting up the school.
“I didn’t officially study art till 2011,” she added.
“Between raising children, looking after my parents and the lack of facilities nearby, it just wasn’t possible.
“I know better than most what it feels like to be stuck in a rut and unable to get out.
“That’s why it’s vital that people can learn to paint in Paisley.”
Alongside fellow artist Sandy Guy, 55, Caroline works out of a studio in Partick.
Famed for her imposing colourful pieces, the Buddie’s murals are emblazoned across various locations in the town.
Her ‘ Buddie’ mural on Storie Street in the town centre attracts crowds from all over Renfrewshire depicting an image of mini Buddie Eva Rose.
Locals will also be familiar with one of her most famous works in Paisley Gilmour Street Station.
The colourful creation shows some of the town’s most iconic landscapes, as well as a ScotRail high speed train.
Her latest work, with the help of Sandy is a series of pieces that also show off the best of Renfrewshire.
The landscape paintings include snow globes with images of the region’s icons; such as Paisley Abbey, St Mirren mascots and Linwood’s Hillman Imp.
“We thought the idea of a snow globe was a bit novel and fun,” Caroline added.
“The paintings are up for sale, hopefully this will drum up some funds to kick start things with the painting school.”
Having applied for grants and funding, Paisley’s painting school would initially run as a nine month pilot project before coming to fruition.
Things would only take shape with additional funding and premises.
“I’ve been searching for somewhere to hold the school but so far we’ve had no luck,” Caroline said.
“This is why it’s important that we get the world out there.”
Paisley’s answers to Picasso are just as welcome as well total novices at the school.
“Our aim is to make the school totally accessible,” she added.
“Anyone will be able to come along. It won’t just be all about art classes.
“Places like this provide a real hub for the community.
“Paisley would benefit so much from its very own painting school.”
If you would like to help Caroline and Sandy on their mission to open the school email email@example.com or call 07793057151.
Wall art Caroline’s mural
Painting the town Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy say a painting school is just what Paisley needs