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Arts, Crafts, Books & Theatre

Arts, crafts, books & theatre clubs, groups and societies in the East Renfrewshire area.

Barrhead Artists

A sociable group of amateur artists working in all materials. There is an small sub-group for china painting, which meets informally on Friday afternoons at various members' homes. We exhibit yearly in Barrhead.

Thursday evening meetings are at the ARC in Aurs Drive Barrhead. Applications for the current session can be made at any time. Contact Secretary in first instance for further details.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18,  all levels of ability are usually welcome. Although there is no formal teaching, members are always learning new techniques and getting ideas from the other members. Additionally, we have occasional demonstrations by professional artists at the club. Annual membership currently costs £60 for the full session, starting in September, fees reduced for late entry.


Details of Glasgow Scribes calligraphy group Glasgow Scribes calligraphy group details
Meeting times10am to 1pm, once a month (Sept to May)

2016-17 Meetings - 3 September, 1 October, 5 November,3 December, 7 January, 4 February, 4 March, 8 April, 6 May

Where we meet

Govan Mbeki Building at Glasgow Caledonian University

Contact telephone07538 823 723

Glasgow Scribes

Calligraphy group who meet between Sept and May to share and develop skills, meet fellow calligraphers and generally to have fun.

Membership Fee: £40 (full), £20 (Associate), £5 per meeting (visitors)

For an events programme and/or further details please contact the Membership Coordinator by telephone.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Contact Details and meeting times Creative Writing Contact Details

Meeting times

Blocks of classes, several times a year. Individual tuition or critique

Where we meet

Tutor's home, or by arrangement.

Contact person

Kate Tough

Contact e-mail

Kate Tough is an experienced creative writing tutor, based in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire. Blocks of classes, for example, four Saturday mornings, run several times a year.

Workshops can be delivered in the school setting, too.

One-to-one tuition and feedback are offered, on fiction or poetry, or for English Higher pupils.

To register interest, or check upcoming dates, please see Kate's (creative writing) website.


Eastwood Writers Group

Eastwood Writers Goup Contact Details and meeting times Eastwood Writers Group Contact Details

Meeting times

Every Monday 2.15 pm

Where we meet

Woodfarm High School

Contact person

Joyce McKendry

Contact e-mail

Anyone interested in writing and improving their skills, are welcome to come along and meet other potential writers at this informal meeting.

From 2.15 until 4.15 pm term time only.


Harlequin-Eastwood Theatre For Youth

Harlequin Eastwood Theatre For Youth Details contact details and meeting times. Harlequin Eastwood Theatre For Youth Contact Details

Meeting times

Wednesday and Thursday during school terms

Where we meet

Braidbar Primary School

Contact person

Myra Ralston

Contact address

2 Mearnscroft Gardens,
Newton Mearns,
East Renfrewshire,
G77 5QG

Contact e-mail

Contact phone

07834 451936

We are a youth theatre group who have two sections. The Junior section is from age 9-13yrs and the senior section is from ages 14-21 years.

We perform three shows per year, a pantomime in November, a senior show in March and a junior show in June.

All are performed in Eastwood Park Theatre. Entry to the club is by audition only.

Helen OGrady Drama Academy

Helen OGrady Drama Academy contact details Helen OGrady Drama Academy Contact Details

Meeting times

Weekdays after school or Saturday mornings

Where we meet

Barrhead, Eastwood, Shawlands and Paisley area

Contact person

Jackie Andrew

Contact e-mail

Contact phone

0141 8471696

We aim to develop confidence, self-esteem and verbal communication skills in children from 5 to 16 through classes that have been running internationally for 30 years.

Every week, over 12,000 children attend our fun classes held throughout the UK. Students take part in creative improvised drama, speech work, creative movement activities as well as plays and script work.

Classes are designed to be good fun and are high energy, motivating even the quietest children to join in while the more confident ones learn how to develop characters and portray them to an audience. We meet for an hour every week and in the summer we will perform a short, scripted production on stage for family and friends.

Neilston Artists

Neilston Artists contact Details and meeting times. Neilston Artists Contact Details

Meeting times

Thursday Evenings from 7.30 - 9.30

Where we meet

Glen Halls, Neilston

Contact person

Joyce Wallace

Contact e-mail

Contact phone

0141 571 5433

Our members range from beginners to those who have painted for many years. We are a friendly group and there is always lots of help and advice available. Various media are used - watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and wash - and it is good to get first hand advice when trying something new.

On the first Thursday of each month we have a demonstration either by a professional artist or one of our members.

New members are always welcome and we have a range of books and basic equipment to get beginners started.

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