July News Bulletin

We hope by the time you receive this e-bulletin you will have enjoyed the wonderful Community Art Classes exhibitons during June in Cafe ? Jan Miller’s class work is still on show until this Saturday, and you can see art works in the window above here. We also hope you be enjoying some good summer weather. But whatever the weather you will always find something interesting at 4 West Street.

Summer Exhibitions

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SUMMER!

opens Sunday 5th July with a second chance to meet the artists on Sunday 12th July.

All are welcome to these events.

Sarah, Ulla, Linda and Kirstie combine to produce this beautiful varied exhibition. Sarah is a professional gardener and microlite enthusiast; her work includes striking aerial images of East Lothian. Ulla is a familiar face in Penicuik, from Pen-y-Coe Press and Open House; the show features her intense landscapes and figure paintings. Linda also volunteers with Penicuik Community Development Trust; her love of local landscape is reflected in colourful pastel and watercolour paintings.      Kirstie’s project to assist elderly people to create art was highlighted at Penicuik Library last year; she interprets landscape in atmospheric paintings and collages.

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Photographs by Claire Cox

opens Sunday 2nd August

Claire is a professional photographer and a former pupil of Penicuik High School. This will be her first exhibition in Penicuik and we are very much looking forward to it. The opening will be on Sunday the 2nd of August between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We hope to see you there.

“Leith-ed” – new exhibition at Penicuik Community Arts Association

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Summer Events

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KNIT 1 BIKE 1

on August the 18th at 7.00pm

Come and hear the crazy tale of Janet Renouf-Miller who, for some reason, has decided to meander round Scotland on a folding bike crocheting and knitting things seen on the way, Check out her website.

This should be a fun evening. Tea and coffee provided.

Tickets £4 (£2 for PCAA members) available at the door on the evening or in advance from the gift shop at 4 West Street.

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PENFEST 2015 : 5th – 13th SEPTEMBER

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The annual art festival is a bumper variety package crammed full of local talent. Penicuik is home for some great talents in music and visual arts and this year they are putting on a spectacular festival at very affordable prices – The Festival Concert for only £10! . Why go in to Edinburgh when the talent is on your doorstep?

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Here are just a few dates for your diary:

Saturday 5th September at 2.00pm  The CASTAWAYS a cappella group performs at the opening of the Annual Open Art Exhibition (free)

Sunday 6th September at 2.00pm Liz Stephen leads a percussion workshop for adults: A Junk Samba Band (tickets £5/4 for members)

Sunday 6th September at 7.30pm Music Across the Centuries features the Feldglings Viol group and Herken, a local folk group led by Alan Murray. (tickets£5/4 for members)

Thursday 10th September a lecture by leading expert Elizabeth Cumming on the Art and Craft Movement in Scotland 1880 -1920. (tickets £5/4 for members)

Friday 11th September Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel. This year the poets are Henry Marsh, Alan Riach, Pauline Prior-Pitt and music is by the Miguda String Quartet. (tickets £8/6for mebers)

Saturday 12th September at 7.30pm the Festival Concert features Siobhan Miller, Aaron Jones, Phillip Thorne, Selina Madeley and Liquid State.This concert is truly a celebration of local talent 6 out of the 8 artists being local and 4 of the artists being acknowledged leaders in their fields. The programme ranges from pop to classical to folk and all for a tenner. (£8 for members)

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Other events run throughout the festival or on several occasions including the Annual Art Exhibiton, open studios and the  Schools’ Environmental Project (SEA), a digital show of Environmental Art created by pupils of local Primary and Secondary Schools. More details here.

Full details of all events will be found on our PENFEST 2015 page or on our  September Calendar Page

 

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

If you know of an event, or would like to organise an event as part of the festival please contact Jackie on 01968675661 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” circle_position=”circle_center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

with the details for your Penicuik Turner Prize Entries

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The timetable for this year’s Annual Open Art Exhibition is as follows:

Thursday 3rd September from 2.00pm till 4.00pm and again from 7.00pm till 9.00pm:  Works will be accepted in Room 1 of the Arts Centre.

Saturday 5th September The Castaways will give a brief recital in Room 1 from 2.00pm and the exhibition will then be open for general viewing from 2.30pm. Voting for the People’s Choice will open.

The exhibition will then be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday till Saturday.

Sunday 13th September 2.00pm till 4.00pm: judging of the Penicuik Turner Prize by Damian Callan. The prize and the result of the voting for the People’s Choice will be announced at about 3.00pm.

Unsold works should be collected between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on the Sunday.

Artist’s Packs will be available in the cafe from early July. They are also here online.

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You can also view and download the Artists Pack from here: click on link or view in box

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Joining the Association

Nothing could be easier. Costs £15 pa standard. £7.50 for concessions and family membership £25 for 2 adults. Application forms can be picked up from the cafe or on line.

Join before the festival and reap the members benefits from reduced ticket prices and reduced hanging fees and commission for the art exhibition.

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PENFEST 2015 Diary Alert

 

Get hold of your diary and ringfence PENFEST 2015 dates and times!

 

Here is the schedule as it stands at present for the 2015 week of your local Arts Festival.

 

Get in touch if you wish to put on and register YOUR selforganised event! It is not too late yet, just get in touch to discuss! We will include you in our PENFEST brochure if you manage to get confirmation by the 15th July deadline. In any case we will always add you to our online calendar if you miss the deadline.

 

As always, we have the very popular Penicuik Turner Prize Exhibition, concerts and workshops scheduled. The schools project this year is a slideshow of art pupils from all schools, Primaries and Secondaries, have made over spring and summer 2015 in their local environment. And then of course there will be Open Studio and Arts Trail if you take part as usual?
Looking forward to hear from you!

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June News Bulletin

 

Although life is a little quieter during the summer months there is still plenty happening at the Arts Centre. Our cafe remains open throughout the summer and remember it has a small garden to the rear which is a suntrap. Just the place to meet friends for coffee and cake.

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The gift shop upstairs is usually open during Cafe hours and is always well stocked with hand crafted goods made by local artisans; pay us a visit to get that extra special gift. If we don’t have what you are looking for please discuss it with us. We may be able to help.

 

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Exhibitions

June is a very busy month for exhibitions with three very different exhibitions in the centre – another three good reasons to drop in for a coffee.

27th May – 6th June:  Kirstie Hustler

There is a special pop-up exhibition in the cafe gallery of works by Kirstie Hustler. Kirstie produces atmospheric, semi-abstract coastal paintings and collages. Kirstie is interested in the margins: the places where things meet and merge and the spaces between them.

   

Across the Cliffs                   ~      Fractured                      ~      Funfair

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a special exhibition of prints in room 1 of the Arts Centre

Every year the Royal Print Society exhibits in room 1. This is always a first class exhibition and is free. Please take the opportunity to look in at room 1 during normal cafe opening hours for this very professional exhbition.

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Community Arts Classes with Opening on 7th June, 2pm

From the 7th of June the community Art Classes take over the cafe. Works from classes led by Tony McKale and Jan Miller will be on show. Come and see what your friends are up to in their art classes. Phantastic range of media on display, and great talent.

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Summer Events

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KNIT 1 BIKE 1 :  Talk on Tuesday 18th August, 7.30pm

Later in the summer we are hosting Janet Renouf-Miller as she makes her way round Scotland on a folding bike crocheting and knitting things seen on the way. You can find out more about this fascinating, crazy trip at www.createwithfibre.co.uk  
Janet will give an illustrated talk on her travels in Room 1, 4 West Street, Penicuik on Tuesday the 18th of August starting at 7.30pm. Tea and coffee provided. Cost £4 (£2 for PCAA members). Tickets at door or from the Gift shop from the beginning of July.

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ANTHONY SCHRAG PROJECT

Anthony Schrag is a contemporary artist whose exhibitions and projects centre on live events from climbing a gallery wall to encouraging people of all ages to roll down hill for his exhibition of MALE ROLL MODEL.  His next project is a walking pilgrimage from Aberdeenshire to the Venice Biennale starting on the 7th June. We are hoping to host and encourage him on part of his journey. Keep an eye on the website for more details of this exciting project and help to put Penicuik on the artistic map.

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Other Happenings

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AGM

Tuesday, 16th June, 7pm, Arts Centre

Hurray, time again to give thumbs up to the uniqueness that is the PCAA !
The agenda can be seen here below and further papers will be available on the website later.
We promise to keep the formal business as brief as possible and allow plenty of time for discussion and informal talks with the committee members. It is very rewarding to be involved with such an active organisation. Come along and find out more. We promise not to twist anybody’s arm!
View or download the AGM papers from here.

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FLOWERS IN THE FOREST……

and for one night the forest was carpeted by flowers.

Local artist Susan Gierasik worked with pupils from Garvald school to bring colour and beauty to the Lost Garden of Penicuik. This installatin was part of the “Woollen Woods” Voluntary Arts Week initiative, and recycled crafty itens of the PCAA’s previous Brightening Penicuik Ventures.
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“Said WHO?”

A blogging ‘who-dunnit’ game!
It is now exactly a year ago that around 150 primary pupils of Penicuik went on a quest to write the best Penicuik Mystery story after having attended inspiring workshops with Award Winning Children Books author Janis Mackay.  81 of these children succeeded to enter their creative writing to our story competition, which then resulted in a publication, The Penicuik Epic. 15 local writers worked away over the summer months 2014 to process the entries and there are still a few copies of this unique book for sale in Penicuik: at our craft shop, in the library, at the Town Crier, and at Peny Coe press.
Cool  summer holiday reading!

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May News Bulletin

The Roxburgh quartet blew us off our feet with their vibrant interpretations of the composers. You will find some good images including the detailed program from the night here.

May is a busy month in the Arts Centre. We do hope you will find something to interest you in our programme. If you have an idea for an event or activity in the centre we would love to hear from you. Contact Jackie on 01968 675661.

EVENTS

Recent events in the Arts Centre have been very successful and it was grand to see some new faces in the audience. Gerda Stevenson in March gave a very moving performance presenting her new album “Night Touches  Day”; The Roxburgh String Quartet in April filled the room with a glorious sound leaving the audience entranced. We hope you will be able to join us for our next concert (see below)

 

Brian Johnstone                     by Margaret Christie   Jamie Reid Baxter

POETRY AND MUSIC AT ROSSLYN CHAPEL on Friday the 22nd May at 7.30pm. 4 musicians and 3 poets combine to make this an unforgettable night in the beautiful surroundings of Rosslyn Chapelmiguda 2013 720x479. Brian Johnstone, Jamie Reid Baxter and Margaret Christie will read from their own works. All are pubished authors and Margaret Christie’s “The Oboist’s Bedside Book” was short listed for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. The evening is completed by the Miguda  Quartet playing Haydn. To find out more about the performers visit the events page here. Tickets are £8 (£6 for PCAA members) available on line or from our Gift Shop at 4 West Street.

EXHIBITIONS

Self portrait                       Alasdair

Aine Divine is the featured artist for May in the Cafe Gallery. Come and meet the artist on Wednesday the 6th of May between 7.00pm and 9.00pm when Aine will also give a 2 hour live portrait demonstration.

Refreshments will be provided for a small donation by Aine’s daughter, Hope. Hope is fundraising to send money to support a family in Malawi.

We hope you will be able to join us for this enjoyable evening.

You can see more images of Aine’s work here.

PENFEST 2015

This year’s arts festival will run from the 5th to the 13th September. We have a busy programme planned but there is always room for more. If you, or a group you are associated with, would like to put on an event please call Jackie on 01968 675661.

Here is just a little taste of what is planned:

Music events include concerts by the Castaways, an a cappella group; The Fledgling Viol Group and local folk group Herken. The gala concert on Saturday the 12th September features Siobhan Miller with Aaron Jones supported by the classical guitar of The Scottish Guitar Duo and new kids on the block Liquid State.

Lectures and workshops: look out for the Samba Rhythm workshop for adults and a  singing workshop led by Siobhan Miller.  There will also be a lecture by Elizabeth Cumming on the Art and Craft Movement of the last century.

Exhibitions include the annual open exhibition and Penicuik Turner Prize. This year the judge is Damian Callan, a well known Edinburgh teacher, artist and author.  The exhibition in the cafe gallery will be by local textile artist Christine Finlayson. There will be a special exhibition of the schools’ environmental art project at various venues throughout the festival. We also hope to have open studios and other exhibitions.

More details on all these events will be on our website soon.

 

AGM DATE

The AGM of the Association will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday the 16th of June in the Arts Centre to receive the annual report and accounts.

The agenda can be seen here and further papers will be available on the website later.

We promise to keep the formal business as brief as possible and allow plenty of time for discussion and informal talks with the committee members. It is very rewarding to be involved with such an active organisation. Come along and find out more. We promise not to twist anybody’s arm!

FINALLY our friends in the Penicuik Community Development Trust have been short listed by building firm Jewson to receive a grant. This will allow them to progress their ambitious plans to set up a papermaking museum and gift shop at Pen-y-Coe Press. The next stage of the process depends on a public vote. If you would like to find out more about their bid and to vote for them click here.

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April News Bulletin

We were thrilled with the rich and varied performance Gerda Stevenson gave us in April with her imaginative self penned songs and with her wonderful band, which you can see here scaling mountains with their ecclectic instruments in this video. Our condolences go to her and her family for the passing of her father, the composer Ronald Stevenson.

We hope you will find something to interest you in our busy programme for April.

EVENTS

April 24th at 7.30pm: The Roxburgh String Quartet play works by Purcell, Mendelssohn and Mozart. The intimate atmosphere of the Arts Centre is the ideal setting to connect with the musicians and appreciate the essence of chamber music.

“Inspired music played with complete control, imagination and deep insight.”

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We expect it to be a busy night and recommend reserving tickets early. Tickets £12(£10 for PCAA members) are available from the craft shop or on line.

 

MAY 22ND at 7.30pm The Arts Assocation is hosting a poetry and music evening in Rosslyn Chapel. Henry Marsh, Margaret Christie and Brian Johnstone will read from their own works and music is by the Miguda Quartet. As usual the star of the show will be the Chapel, which is at its best when being used and enjoyed by people.

Tickets £8(£6 for PCAA members) will be available from the 25th of April.

 

EXHIBITIONS

April in the Cafe Gallery is an exhibition by Priscilla Brightman.This is Priscilla’s first solo exhibition with us. Priscilla trained at Edinburgh College of Art. She works mainly in oils depicting a variety of subjects from still life to portrait and landscape. The uniting theme of her work is colour; so expect a bright and cheery cafe for April.

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There will be an opportunity to meet Priscilla on Sunday the 12th of April between 2.00pm and 4.00pm in the Cafe Gallery.

May in the Cafe Gallery will be by local artist Aine Divine. The exhibition opens on Wednesday the 6th of May from 7.00pm till 9.00pm. At the opening Aine will also demonstrate her technique of using watercolour.

Self portrait

 Aine specialises in portraits using watercolour and reached the final of the recent Sky Portrait Award Competition. Her work has been shown in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Find out more about Aine here.

 

 

Self portrait by Aine Divine

Workshops

The yarn group continues to meet every Wednesday in the cafe at 10.00am and have completed many UFO’s.

About a month ago we met to hear about Linus Quilts, a charity providing comfort quilts to children in hospital. This was followed by two practical workshops to start making some quilts for this very worthwhile cause. To date, two quilts are almost completed and two more are under construction.

For more details on these groups contact membership@penicuikarts.org

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Association helps us to keep up the work of providing a dedicated arts and crafts centre in Penicuik. Membership is very reasonably priced at £15 per annum and £7.50 for concessions with a family membership of £25 per annum. Membership also entitles you to reduced entry fee to most of our events. To join pick up membership forms from the cafe at 4 West Street or join on line here

AND FINALLY, our friends at Howgate Art Club have their annual exhibition on Friday the 8th May from 4-8pm and Saturday 9th May from 11.00am-4pm in Howgate Village Hall.

On the 18th of April, also in Howgate Village Hall, from 11.00am-4.00pm there will be an exhibition of embroidery by Elizabeth Leary.

January News Bulletin

Happy Festive Season and New Year to all our members and supporters.

Thank you for your support and interest of the past year. We hope you will enjoy our little video celebrating 2014

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Our programme for 2015 gets off to a lively start.

Here are some dates for your diary.

The Cafe will open again on Monday the 5th of January, and the Craft Shop in the middle of February.

   EVENTS

  • FRIDAY THE 16TH JANUARY AT 7.30PM – Wendy Carle Taylor, accompanied by Graham MacDonald on keyboard and Sandy Butler on guitar and banjo, will perform a programme of song and music. Wendy is acclaimed for her sensitive interpretation of songs ranging from jazz to folk. Expect a wonderfully varied night including some from our national poet, Robert Burns. Tickets are available on our website or from the cafe at 4 West Street. Please note that this concert is in the Music Hub, Bellman’s Road, Penicuik and is being produced in association with Penicuik Folk Club and Penicuik High School.
  • FRIDAY 27TH FEBRUARY AT 7.30PM – we are being entertained by a barbershop quartet. The friends all met as part of a larger choir specialising in close harmony singing. It will be a fun evening so note the date. More details will be available in our next e- bulletin

 

     EXHIBITIONS

          There will be some refreshments at the openings and all are most welcome to come.

                CLASSES AND REGULAR EVENTS.

Several groups meet regularly in the Arts Centre:
  • LEARN POETRY BY HEART. This class meets regularly on a Monday evening led by Colum Beagan to learn and recite poetry from heart. This exercise helps train the memory, aids an understanding of the poetry and is fun.  For more details contact Column at columbeagan@gmail.com
  • KNITTING GROUP.  This is a new group meeting on Wednesday mornings starting on the 14th of January from 10.00am till 12 noon. Come and relax around the fire and exchange ideas and patterns. We expect that this group interest may expand to consider spinning and weaving  For more information contact Doreen on  marsh@scottishfibres.com
  • ARTSPARKS – Art classes for children evry Friday afternoon. P1 -P7 MEET FROM 1.30PM TILL 2.30PM and P6 – S5 meet from 2.40pm till 3.40pm. Classes are taken by Alison Tait and cost £4 per week. For further information contact Alison on 07981 368611.
  • “LET’S HEAR YOUR VOICE” reading for the radio in “The Spoken Word Spot” is a new initiative in conjunction with CRYSTAL FM to give the people of Penicuik a voice and to help improve the confidence of participants. Extensive details are available on our website at www.penicuikarts.org/the-spoken-word

 

If you have any ideas for a class you would like to start don’t be shy. Let us know and we may be able to help you set it up.
For room hire contact Sheena Stewart in the cafe at 4 West Street, at sheena.stewart74@googlemail.comor by telephone on 01968 672583
For more information about Arts Association Activities please follow us on faceboook (one does not need to sign up to facebook to see and enjoy our photo stream!) and twitter

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Hootenanny 2014

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November News Bulletin

EVENTS

The Penicuik Arts Association has a lively programme of events to help keep the winter cold at bay. Here comes a compact overview over the next two months. Please click on the bold lines for more info about each event.
  • The November exhibition in the café gallery is by Jan Miller and friends, a popular annual exhibition with festive launch on Sunday, 2nd November
  • December – the Craft Shop takes over the Gallery space in the cafe for that last-minute Christmas shopping
  •  Monday the 8th December at 7.30pm Damian Callan will give a practical demonstration of the painting techniques of Degas. Damian is an Edinburgh based artist and teacher. He has written a book on the subject which is being well received by art lovers and by artists who find that studying the works in this way helps improve their own techniques.
  • Saturday 13th December starting at 6.00pm Our Hootenanny starts with a programme for children and continues at 7.30pm with the adult programme. Children are welcome to stay for the whole event. This is a free event and was very popular last year. There will be a light supper and mulled wine to brighten up the night. It is an audience participation event with contributions of music, poetry and readings invited from the floor. So if you have a party piece you want to share or if you simply want to come and enjoy the company and the atmosphere you will be most welcome.
  • Finally a date for your 2015 diary: on the 16th January we are co-operating with the High School and Penicuik Folk Club to bring you a concert by Wendy Carle Taylor, Graham McDonald and Sandy Butler. Wendy is a versatile singer who always brings an interesting and eclectic programme of music. Expect some Burns, some jazz and some folk in the mix.

 

REGULAR CLASSES

Some new classes have started in the centre or are planned.
  • Monday evenings from7.30pm till 9.00pm “HOLD ON TO YOUR MEMORY OR LOOSE IT” A group that sets out to give a vigorous mental work out by learning poems by heart. Poets studied include Burns, Wordsworth, Keats, Belloc and many more. For more information contact Colum Beagan on 01875830330 or0796522344
  • On Wednesday mornings from 10.00am till 12.00pm a knitting group is starting on the 14th January. If you are interested just come along. There will be a small donation for use of the room.

THE PENICUIK EPIC Christmas Sale

“The Penicuik Epic” is a compilation of all the children’s stories from the recent writing competition. 83 children of primary school age contributed stories. The stories teem with life and the products of the children’s imagination. Bound copies of the book cost only £8 and are available from The Craft Shop, 4 West Street, Pen-y-Coe Press, Bridge Street, or from Penicuik Library.  They can also be ordered on line at http://penicuikarts.org/penfest-2014/the-penicuik-mystery-epic/

 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Association needs volunteers to be able to keep up its programme of events. Currently the committee only has 7 members which is one less than required by the constitution. It means that unless another volunteer steps forward the committee will not be able to make decisions about the running of the Association.
The committee meets about once per month for 2 hours.
If you would like to volunteer but do not feel you can come on to the committee we are always happy to have help at events, putting up posters, help with keeping the website up to date and many more tasks.
If you feel you can help in any way please email us at pcaa@penicuikarts.org

Stairlift Appeal

The committee has earmarled £3600 towards providing a stair lift and improving disabled access. A refurbished stair lift costs in the order of £4500. If anybody out there is able to help with a fund raising event for this appeal please email pcaa@penicuikarts.org

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Some Moving Moments from last month

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Listen here to Roger’s speech

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Listen here to the first track of the Eilidhs

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to see more of what has happened and is happening
Please visit our photostream on facebook
You do not need to sign up to facebook to be able to see this public photostream!

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final Penfest 2014 weekend is rolling in

It was an action packed week, or rather 2 weeks. The main footage of the festival can be found on our facebook pages’ photo stream, as there were simply not enough hands to write and post all the wonderful things as yet !

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A new beginning

 

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bareback and bridleless: that’s us!
Street fair day today in Penicuik. Let’s have the sun shine as this day marks a new beginning.

 

The Penicuik Community Arts Association has had a glorious and a tough summer. Tough because it was glorious in terms of the few intrepid volunteers working round the clock for days on end – through many ups and downs – to get through a steep learning curve to set up this website, to tie up the bits and bobs from the Brightening Penicuik Craft bombing project in May, have an AGM, to organise a glorious line-up for Penfest 2014, and to run the marathon called the Penicuik Mystery Epic com book launch project, a writing competition involving 82 kids from 5 Penicuik Primaries. All projects which had been started months ago, so could not be dropped when some core volunteers had to leave the small team. What was especially tough was that our regular newsletter had to be dropped, as there was no hand or hour free to do that.  …  We are very sorry to have had to let our members and friends down that way, and we hope you will understand, and be with this little gem, as Zoe called it so rightly in her blog, all the way.

 

Which brings us to another reason why we are at a new beginning today: as hoped for, the first blog entry of this new, and still in some places more rough than ready website, has been made by a fresh and vibrant voice stepping into the gap of blog editor! Zoe launched this blog as what it is intended to be – a space for the voices and stories of the PCAA’s members and friends as well as a space for PCAA general updates. Over the last months these updates had been confined to the PCAA and Brightening Penicuik pages of facebook. Thank you, Zoe, for getting us launched here. We are looking forward to hear and read more of your blogging here now.
white horseWhy are some people finding it easier than others to donate their time and skills to a voluntary arts project? Could it be that the notion and practice of giving in  freedom, one’s time and skill is actually keeping the world going round, especially in our day and age? Could it be that the key to Creating per se is freedom, and that the thrill that comes with wrestling time and art creation  from one’s tight timetable is reward enough, and is even victory, as one stretches and stretches like a thorough-bred race horse taking that last double bar set of hurdles?

 

Right, better get ready for bed, as street fair is today, and there are still a couple more of Penfest 2014 posters needing creating, so that you, the people and friends of Penicuik, may be enticed to spread the word and come to as many events as possible, as well as feel positive about and eager to put your name down for a wee shift of this or that, just for the fun and the love of it. And also to learn new skills and meet creative people. Please feel free to get in touch to see a detailed list of volunteering options available at present, from social media promotion to exhibition organiser!

 

penfest allTalking about creative people: why not sit down with a cuppa or glass and nibbles and browse through the footage of previous art festivals which many volunteers have offered to Penicuik over the years? Can not be compared with Edinburgh of course, but is quite something for an independent, not-for-profit venture in terms of providing quality and easy access art and crafts!

 

It is autumn 2014 now. It is a historic year where art, Scottish Art gets celebrated, and the connections with people and place.  And here in Penicuik, with the rich Penfest program in your hands, why don’t you make a new connection with your local arts festival?

 

over now to Zoe again, who is doing just that 😉

 

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