Winner of Penicuik Turner Prize 2018

Judge, Sandy Wood, and Jackie McDonald, Chair of PCAA,  present the Penicuik Turner Prize to this year’s winner, John Rogers. John won with an etching of Roxburgh Castle

Sandy who is curator of Royal Scottish Academy Collection praised the high standard of entries in general saying that many would not be out of place in the RSA collection. He was particularly impressed by the workmanship in John’s etching and saw it as carying on a fine tradition of printmakers recording the antiquities of Scotland


Winner of the People’s Choice Trophy

The People’s Choice Trophy was won for the second successive year by Michele Catto for her painting of a toilet window: “Armitage Shanks”.

Over 200 people cast their vote and, although the voting was fairly evenly spread, Michele was once again a clear winner.

She is pictured here with John Rogers.






We are busy compiling the programme of events for the coming year.

Our next event is the Burns Supper on Friday the 25th January. Colin Hunter will propose the Immortal Memory. Tickets are £15 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Jackie at jmcdonaldjmm@aol.com

There is a full programme of changing exhibitions in the cafe gallery:

  • January textiles and bags by Susan Dunlop
  • February textile and embroidery by Christine Finlayson and friends
  • March photographic exhibition details to be confirmed
  • April art works by Gillian Westland
  • May art by students in Gilian’s classes
  • June photographic exhibiton by Joe Gilhooley

If you would like to exhibit in the cafe gallery contact Jenni Thomson at jalthomson84@gmail.com

Annual Penicuik Turner Prize.

And we now give fair warning to all artists: the Annual Open Art Exhibition and Penicuik Turner Prize will take place from Saturday the 7th of September to Sunday the 15th September. Recent attempts to recruit volunteers to help with the organisation of events has been unsuccessful which means that this year we will be unable to host the full array of events normally associated with PENFEST. Insead we will concentrate on the Annual Art Exhibiton and some associated events in West Street Arts Centre itself.

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