Penicuik Community Arts Association

Scottish Charity number SCO 145154

Save the PCAA!

People in Penicuik have long enjoyed concerts, exhibitions, workshops, ceilidhs, and other events in our cosy wee arts centre in West Street. Not to mention the very yummy and inexpensive homemade soups, scones, toasties and cakes in the tiny café, where “regulars” become friends who are looked out for, and where strangers are warmly welcomed. The centre is run, managed and manned by volunteers, and we keep all prices as low as possible. This means we’re not rich and we run on a shoe-string. Covid has stopped all our activities. So we have had no income since covid lockdown started, but we still have regular standing charge bills to pay. The latest bombshell is an estimate of £5000 for structural repairs to stop an ingress of damp. We’re appealing for help towards covering this cost so that we can carry on providing music and arts to our local community.

Please can you help?

Either by taking your offering to Jenni at the West Street Arts Centre takeaway Tuesday-Thursday 11am – 2pm

or by clicking here to donate online direct to PCAA

or by clicking here to donate via “JustGiving”

Penfest 2020

It’s over! but it’s not over…..

The exhibitions and the music video links will be available online at least until the beginning of December


Click here to see the Open Exhibition for the Turner Prize

Click here to see the PCAA Community Covid Art Exhibition (see the real life display in the West Street Arts Centre Window!)

Click here to see the “Bright and Beautiful” exhibition from St James the Less church (the real life exhibition will be open in the church hall when it’s safe to do so)

Music events on YouTube for Penfest 2020

Click here for the Penfest Opening Concert links (available on YouTube from Saturday 26th September 7:15pm)

Click here for the Pentland Piano Festival premier (available from Thursday 1st October 7:15pm)

Click here for the Penfest Final Concert links (available from Saturday 3rd October 7:15pm)

We hope you enjoy what’s been on offer, and what is still on offer!

Please click here if you’d like to make a donation to PCAA to help towards running costs of the Arts Centre.

About the PCAA

The PCAA is a charitable body whose sole purpose is to promote and encourage the study, practice and knowledge of the Arts in Penicuik and surrounding district. We do this by mounting changing exhibitons in the cafe gallery and by organising regular concerts catering for all tastes. We aim to give a platform to local talent. We also bring the best talents to Penicuik to entertain and inspire local people at affordable prices. We encourage participation in the arts and the premises are used by several craft and art groups.

Due to the current global situation, the West Street Arts Centre is closed. We will be posting news of re-opening as soon as we are able to. Keep well!

The New PCAA Calendar 2021!

Not to be missed! They are selling fast! This is a very attractive calendar, featuring art work by local artists. You can buy them in Pen-y-Coe press, or you can let Jenni at the take-away in West Street know that you want one. Or you can order online by clicking here. They will make wonderful Christmas gifts

Arts Centre Café

Many regulars will know that the café has been closed during lock-down, but the good news is that Jenni is running a take-away service. She’s serving delicious home made soups, scones and cakes from the Arts Centre front door Tuesday to Thursday, 11am to 2pm, and will be delighted to see you. I think a discount is mentioned if you bring your own cup for the soup!

Thank you

The PCAA committee thank Neil Hamilton for the new PCAA logo design, and Rod Lugg for the drawing of the corner of West Street which is incorporated into the logo and shows the position of the Arts Centre from Penicuik Centre more clearly. Both gave their time and skills freely and we are very grateful. We also thank Beeslack Camera Club for the photograph in our web page header.


News of exhibitions will appear here when the Arts Centre re-opens.

Regular Events

Please click here to find out what regular activities take place at the Arts Centre


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