Arts Strategy Survey

13 02 2014

ERC LOGO HiResEast Renfrewshire Council is in the process of developing and preparing a new arts strategy. The key of the strategy will be to determine the arts activity that it will undertake over the next 3 years to make the maximum contribution to the residents and community of East Renfrewshire. The core of the strategy will be the activities of the Council’s Arts Service and this survey seeks to gather your views on the current activities provided by the arts service and on what activity should look like in the future.

Please note that the deadline for completing this survey is Thursday 27 February. After this date the survey will no longer be available.

Please select the link below to complete the survey


Eastwood Park Gallery – New Exhibition

23 07 2012

Gavin Russell – Georgia

This series of pictures came from a single trip by amateur photographer Gavin Russell to Georgia in 2009. The country was just recovering from the recent military conflict with Russia (in 2008) and tourists were a rare sight. The shots were taken mainly in three locations, Tblisi the faded capital city where power-cuts were common, Kazbegi, a formerly crucial but now forgotten outpost on the Trans Caucasus Highway, and Omalo, a remote mountain village on the Chechen Border where there was no gas, electricity or running water.

The people in Georgia were warm, welcoming and delighted to share their country with the few tourists that came. They were rightfully proud of a beautiful country with boasts incredible natural scenery alongside the scars and monuments of a traumatic past.

During his travels Gavin refused to use maps or guide books so the majority of the shots were taken as candid street images during many a long and lost wander.

Exhibition runs to 26 August 2012

Artist talk – Alina Kisina

28 03 2012
| Wednesday 4 April, Eastwood Park Gallery

London-based Ukrainian photographer Alina Kisina will be at Eastwood Park Gallery on Wednesday 4 April to talk about her City of Home exhibition and to do some portfolio reviews.

Anyone interested in having Alina look at their work should bring their portfolio along to the gallery at 2pm.  She will then be discussing her own work, again in the gallery, at 6pm.

For further information contact Janet Forry on 0141 577 3679.

June at EPT

1 06 2011

Winding down for the summer break, we’ve nevertheless got a couple of treats for you, in the form of some massive cinema classics, the return of the ever popular Harlequin Youth Theatre and a brand new exhibition of some of the best new talent from around Scotland in our gallery. 


When Evan Goldman’s parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, all he wants is to make friends and survive the school year.  Easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him.  The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumours.  With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Wednesday 8– Saturday 11 June | 7.30pm + 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets £10-£12

June’s also a chance for Playtime, an end-of-term showcase for all our fabulously talented East Renfrewshire Youth Theatre groups. With pieces developed from their weekly drama classes and shaped with direction from their tutors– all professional theatre-makers– our classes from Netherlee, Barrhead, Clarkston, Fairweather and Williamwood all take to the stage for an afternoon of unique entertainment!

Saturday 18 June | 2 pm
Standard £3

For more information about ERYT classes, contact the Community Drama Team on 0141 577 4863.


This month we continue our Big Screen Sundays with a true cinema classic for all the family, The Wizard of Oz. Over 70 years old and still just as magical, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Kansas farm-girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) who is one day swept up in a mysterious tornado and swiftly deposited in the wonderfully disconbobulating land of Oz, where she meets various friends and foes on her journey to find the elusive wizard, the only person who might be able to get her home.

Certificate U

Sunday 12 June | 1pm
Standard £4
Concession £3

And on Monday, pop in for the most epic of romances with Hollywood classic Gone With The Wind. Against the turbulent backdrop of the American Civil War, scheming and manipulative Scarlett O’Hara carries on a tempestuous love affair with the roughish Rhett Butler. As always, enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee with the movie.

Certificate PG

Monday 13 June | 11am
Standard £4
Concession £3


From Friday 3rd June to Wednesday the 29th, EPT’s gallery will be hosting a brilliant new exhibition by a range of emerging new talents from the west of Scotland.

Mon 9–  Tues 31 May
Entrance to the Gallery is FREE

or more information on upcoming events check out the May–August 2011 programme, and don’t forget you can follow all the latest news on EPT’s Facebook or Twitter or right here on the Blog.

May at EPT

29 04 2011

The first month of our summer season is chock-full of events to keep the whole family entertained! There’s a shed-load of new theatre productions for children and adults, as well as some popular summer favourites from our am-drama. We also welcome the return of our Big Screen Sundays and Monday at the Movies, and a gorgeous exhibition showcasing the artwork from East Ren’s recent production of Noye’s Fludde will be running all month in our gallery.


Eastwood entertainers return to EPT for their annual Spring musical, this year one of the most enduring Broadway hits of alltime, Hello Dolly. Come along and join the strong-willed widow Dolly Levi, the ‘Matchmaker’, as she causes a whirlwind in New York City. Dolly is trying to find a wife for the unmarried half-millionaire Mr Horace Vandergelder, causing mayhem and love all round. But does Dolly secretly want him for herself?

Tuesday 3– Sat 7 May | 7.30pm + 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets £8-£12

With few words and lots of music, Platform’s Starcatchers artist in residence presents the beautiful, delicate story of  First Light. Between night and day, when everyone is asleep, they are having fun. Meet the Man in the Moon and a woman called Dawn as they work, play and meet at sunrise. For children aged 0-2, their parents and carers.

Monday 9 May | 11.30am + 1.30pm
Standard £4

Tony-award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone makes it’s Scottish debut here at EPT, courtesy on the Runway Theatre Company. It’s a musical inside a comedy, as a die-hard musical theatre fanboy plays his favourite cast album on his turntable and watches the musical literally burst to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Wed 11– Sat 14  May | 8pm + 3pm Saturday matinee
Tickets £9–£14

Take some witchcraft. Then add eight women on stage from the likes of River City and Still Game, and a highly popular novel from Scottish writer Des Dillon, and you have  mesmerising black comedy Six Black Candles, which sold out its entire run and stunned Edinburgh audiences and critics equally.

Recommended for age 14+. Contains strong language.

Wed 18 May | 7.30pm
Standard £12
Concession £10
Student £8

Based on the original work of Philip Pullman, and told through a captivating mix of puppetry, live action, music and song, Visible Fictions and Scottish Opera present Clockwork, the mesmerising tale of what happens when a story is wound up and no-one (not even the author) knows how it might end…Taking you to a world where past merges into present, life merges with machine, and fiction becomes scarily real, Clockwork  will leave you spellbound.

Sunday 22 May | 2pm
Standard £7
Concession £5 

From the company who brought you last years’ sell-out ‘If I Was A Mouse I Would Hide In Your Hood…’ comes another captivating show for wee ones, The Presents. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end– but this isn’t a normal story. There’s a him and a her and lots of others, all watching bright-eyed. A tiny present appears, all wrapped up and shiny. What is it? Listen, the present is singing…

For 0-18 month year olds and their parents and carers.

Wed 25 May | 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm
Standard £4


This month, we continue EPT’s Big Screen Sundays with a film chosen by our very own Young PromotERs: John Hughes cult comedy The Breakfast Club. Five high school students– all different stereotypes– meet in detention, where they pour out their hearts to each other and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought. As ever, enjoy the film with some FREE POPCORN!!

Certificate 15

Sunday 15 May | 7.30pm
Standard £4
Concession £3

You can also win free tickets to The Breakfast Club by answering our poll and telling us: What is YOUR most convenient definition?

And on Monday, pop in for Hollywood classic An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, and enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee with the film. Jerry Mullogan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is ‘discovered’ by an influential heiress with an interest in a little more than Jerry’s art…

Certificate U

Monday 16 May | 11am
Standard £4
Concession £3


The music service of East Ren, in collaboration with Reeling and Writhing Theatre, have staged a production of Benjamin Britain’s Noye’s Fludde at Paisley Abbey. This exhibition in EPT’s gallery showcases the magnificent artwork created for this production by the many East Renfrewshire schools who took part in the Noye’s Fludde project.

Mon 9–  Tues 31 May
Entrance to the Gallery is FREE

or more information on upcoming events check out the May–August 2011 programme, and don’t forget you can follow all the latest news on EPT’s Facebook or Twitter or right here on the Blog.

MORE Glasgow Tales photos!

1 04 2011

Continuing our Glasgow Tales picspam, have a look at our Facebook album to see some of the brilliant pieces of original artwork that were created for the set of Glasgow Tales.

All the artworks were created by pupils at St Ninians’ High school working alongside EPT’s Visual Arts Development Officer Janet Forry.

Do you recognise all the Glasgow landmarks? Which picture reminds you most of Glasgow?

‘Behind The Mirror’ Exhibition

9 03 2011

When we look in the mirror, what do we see? A perfect image of ourselves, maybe, just as we are. Except: our perceptions of our ‘selves’ are much bigger than that mirror reflection, aren’t they?

Previewing last Sunday night and now open to the public, EPT is proud to host brand new exhibition ‘Behind The Mirror’, showcasing the work of three recent graduates of Duncan of Jordanstone Art College as they explore ideas of the body and self through a diverse and exciting collection of figurative paintings.

Ex Eastwood High pupil David Wylie, who curates the exhibition explains: “‘Behind the Mirror’ features work by myself and three other Scottish visual artists. All of our work explores the idea of the body and self through the medium of paint. I am delighted that Katie Johnston, Katie MacKinnon and Martin McGuinness and I are all exhibiting together. Our individual styles vary greatly which provides a broad appeal to draw in visitors in to the exhibition.

David Wylie and Mike Tyson Katie Johnson canvas David and two out of a triptych Katie MacKinnon and trachea

Were you at the gallery opening on Sunday? Or have you visited since? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the exhibition: what inspired you? What confused you? What pieces were your favourites? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

‘Behind The Mirror’ is open to the public between Monday 7th March and Saturday 30th April. Entry to the gallery is FREE.