The Pavilion People’s Story Unfolds

Aug 21, 2019


AUGUST 21, 2019  —  If you are attending the Highland Games this Saturday, why not pop into Rothesay town centre and catch a glimpse of what’s been happening over the summer.

The Pavilion team will be featuring some of the photos captured from last year’s Games by a group of Bute’s aspiring young photographers coached by Iseult Timmermans, the Pavilion’s Heritage Engagement Officer. There’ll also be other work to see created through the Pavilion’s Heritage Activity programme- portraits, short films, even geometric sculptures made from photographs!

Iseult is a fine art photographer in her own right, as part of the restoration project, along with Basharat Khan, the Pavilion’s filmmaker, they have been out and about over the last year capturing local stories and amazing images that capture Bute’s creative spirit and people’s relationship with the Pavilion. They will help to create the Pavilion Peoples Archive, on show when the Pavilion opens and a legacy for years to come.

However, its not all about, ‘Bygone Bute’. The growing archive of memorabilia is inspiring. All the young folk involved so far are keen to get back into the building because they will have their own space to create even more inside!
45RPM (Rothesay Pavilion Multimedia) is a flexible roof top studio in the Pavilion dedicated for young people to use for music practice, digital media production, photography, and filmmaking. Who knows? There may be a new star in the making?

If you think you’d like to get involved in 45RPM – no previous skills or experience necessary. Just pop in and say hello!
The team are still looking for any Pavilion related memories, personal photos or memorabilia, so look out your old photo albums and make sure we hear the stories that will become legend.

Where: The Bank of Ideas, (opposite the Castle) 17 High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 9AS
When: Saturday 24th August 10.0am-5pm
For further information, interviews and photographs contact:
Julie L Tait, Executive Director

Notes to Editor
The Rothesay Pavilion

The Pavilion lies at the heart of the Bute community and is a significant catalyst for
regeneration and change on the island. The newly refurbished building will create jobs, improve the town environment and provide cultural and educational opportunities for locals and visitors to the island.

The £14million development will see the creation of four separate spaces: a main hall capable of seating up to 800 people; a self-contained studio theatre space for 100; a flexible exhibition area and a unique glazed top floor with spectacular views for weddings and other bespoke events. There will also be a café, shop and flexible work spaces and 45RPM (Rothesay Pavilion Multimedia) providing a versatile, flexible space and will be available for band practices and lessons as well as digital media, photography, event management and filmmaking, led by young people, for young people, increasing confidence, skills and work opportunities. In 2018, the West Coast Foundation, John Bute’s own charity, offered support to the restoration project in the form of a grant for £117,000 specifically to fund the creation of the 45RPM

The Pavilion will host national and international music, comedy, theatre and dance acts, as well as showing major exhibitions of history, photography and visual arts. The studio theatre space will have a strong programme of events by and for younger people, with local bands, DJs and comedians. In the off-season, the building will have more of a community focus; and community events and well-being activities will run in parallel all year round.

The Rothesay Pavilion Charity gratefully acknowledges support from the following funders, partners and trusts and foundations: Argyll and Bute Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Scottish Communities Landfill Fund, European Regional Development Fund, the Robertson Trust, Barcapel Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Wolfson Foundation.