Alt-w | Paisley Pearls

Cycle 14 Alt-w Exhibition Award - boredomresearch
Vicky Isley & Paul Smith

27th May 2022 to 15th April 2023. BOOK
Museum for Islamic Art, HaPalmach St 2, Jerusalem

These dynamic interpretations of Paisley pattern are inspired by both the iconic design and the prized freshwater pearl mussel that used to thrive in the White Cart river running through Paisley town. Each unique, generative form has been specially seeded for Jerusalem.

boredomresearch are internationally renowned for creating artworks which explore extended time frames. They have a deep and long lasting fascination in the mechanics of the natural world which they explore using contemporary technology.

24th May to 2nd July 2022. FREE
Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Co-commissioned by UWS Creative Media Academy and New Media Scotland with investment from Renfrewshire Council.

2nd November 2016 to 19th February 2017. FREE
Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

In support of the town of Paisley’s ambition to be UK City of Culture in 2021, the UWS Creative Media Academy and New Media Scotland with investment from Renfrewshire Council commissioned artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith of boredomresearch to make a new piece of work for the town.


Paisley is the largest town in the county of Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. It forms part of the urban conurbation of Glasgow, whose city centre is 6.9 miles (11.1 km) to the east. Glasgow International Airport, Scotland's largest airport, is located within Paisley’s boundaries just north of the town centre.

The Industrial Revolution turned Paisley from a small market town to an important international industrial city in the late 18th century with respect to textiles. The most famous product being shawls bearing a colourful teardrop-like pattern; although of Kashmiri origin, they became known by Paisley’s name across the western world.

boredomresearch have taken inspiration from this rich international history and the world renown collections held in Paisley museums. The museums are home to 350,000 objects within 57 collections. There are 107 listed buildings, 46 underused physical heritage assets and 1 'Alien' gargoyle on Paisley Abbey.

More information on the town’s Heritage Asset Strategy and City of Culture ambitions can be found here and by watching Stuart McMillan of Renfrewshire Council here.


This collaborative project aims to be an innovative part of Paisley's Heritage Asset Strategy and seeks to engage, reinvent and re-imagine aspects of the town's heritage for the digital age. This project will be a pilot for a potential series of Creative Media Academy projects that explore the interface between art, technology and research.

boredomresearch undertook a series of documented workshops with UWS students & staff, New Media Scotland and other cultural stakeholders as they develop their work.

29th July to 28th August 2016, 10am-5pm. FREE
City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 2DE

Project Partners

UWS Creative Media Academy is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for creative industry practice and research.
New Media Scotland is the national development agency fostering artist and audience engagement with all forms of new media practice.

Work in development on 'Paisley Pearls' by boredomresearch, 2016.
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Work in development on 'Paisley Pearls' by boredomresearch, 2016.