Penicuik Community Arts Association

Penfest 2020

Penfest will take place Saturday 26th September to Sunday 4th October 2020. This year, we are running an online Open Art Exhibition for the Turner and People’s Choice prizes and there are plenty of online events, as well as a couple of real life events (lockdown regulations permitting). Please see the PENFEST 2020 drop down menu at the top of the page. Quick links to Penfest tickets, Artist pack for the Open Art Exhibition, calendar sales, donations and membership subs can be found below.

Easy tour of Penfest 2020 online


Click here to see the Open Exhibition for the Turner Prize (available from Saturday 26th September 10am)

Click here to see the PCAA Community Covid Art Exhibition (available from Saturday 26th September 10am; 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 (available from Monday 28th September 7:30pm; the real life exhibition will be open in the church hall when it’s safe to do so)

Music and Zoom events

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

Click here to book a ticket for the Writing Workshop on Sunday 27th September 2pm (Zoom link will be sent)

Click here to book a ticket for the Art lecture and Turner prize announcement on Wednesday 30th September 7:30 (Zoom link will be sent)

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

Click here for the “Show and Tell” Zoom event and People’s Choice Prize announcement on Sunday 4th October 2pm (Zoom link will be sent)

Click here for information about the real life Open Studios!

We hope you enjoy what’s on offer!

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!

Artist Packs for the Open Art Exhibition are now available.

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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