Journeying, into Spring, Summer and beyond!

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The journey into Spring this year is full of surprises, such as the provisional programme for Penfest 2018 in autumn, thanks to the stalwart work of our chair Jackie! 

But let us start at the beginning of April now with a surprise double bill: the return of the arts and craft work of Fibrecraft Artist, Therapist and Instructor Laryna Wuppermann, and of her friends from the GalGael, together with the work of two special tapestry artists from a Camphill Village in Germany!


Journey, for wholeness sake

About eight years ago, during the Penicuik Arts Festival 2010, organised by Ulla, “Fibre to Fabric” a most successful community engagement project took place in different places in the town including Penicuik House. Local crafters simply shared their skills and love for creation with all ages. This continued for over a year as “Making Space Penicuik” on a weekly basis during the Town Hall Saturday coffee mornings with local families as volunteers. Now it runs monthly with Jenni Thomson and is called “Crafts 4 All”.  You might enjoy perusing through this archive of images, videos and stories from the workshop events with Laryna and Anneruth at Penicuik house, when it housed tools and wools from the GalGael trust, to engage and to inspire the local community, like the magnificent “Portal to wholeness” felt craft piece.


“Journey, for wholeness sake” is the April 2018 arts and craft exhibition at the Gallery Cafe, evidencing remarkable journeys in the pursuit of becoming whole, which is only possible through the art and craft of making, of re-presenting the world and our feelings and thoughts. The exhibition is foremost a story of Laryna, both in her own watercolour art and her fibre craft creations, inspired by nature, and is also refected  through the works of some of her friiends whom she crafted and crafts with in two intentional communities: Camphill Village Lehenhof in Germany and the GalGael trust in Glasgow. Hear Laryna speak about it in this video here , and of course do come for refreshments for body and soul into our Gallery Cafe this month and see for yourself.
But for the GalGael trust, “Making Space Penicuik” would not have existed, enriching lives. GalGael, a unique community regeneration project, working miracles with vulnerable people through traditional crafts training, volunteering an enterprise, for over 25 years,  is currently threatened by funding cuts to close its doors. Please read more about the amazing Galgael project and their plight. We are delighted to offer some beautiful wood and woolcraft items for sale this month to fundraise for the much needed boiler repair of the Galgael workshop. See the exhibition photo album on facebook and above all: Visit the exhibition to enjoy the craft work.
We are proud to feature and to support community crafters and artists in this challenging economic climate. They are ensuring with their passion and expertise that the essential and necessary opportunities to engage with art and crafts are kept accessible and being developed with everyone for everyone. As Laryna said: everyone is an artist, and arts and crafts are essential for becoming whole.

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Forthcoming events

in the programme of the Penicuik Community Arts Association:

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We are delighted to invite you to meet 5 local authors: Claire Askew, Catherine Simpson, Rebecca McKinney, Stella Hervey Birrell and Moira Cormack. Hear about their trials and tribulations. Find inspiration to start your own creative writing. Members of the local writers’ group will be on hand to give you information about how to join them and get started.  All 5 authors have been published.


is author of a children’s book: “The Witch of Land and Sea” is Moira’s debut book. The colourful book cover and the subject are reminiscent of the Narnia books. This is a lovely book to read along with your child.

Stella Hervey Birrell

is an emerging author of Women’s fiction. Her first novel, “How Many Wrongs Make a Mr Right” was published in 2016. Stella’s short pieces have appeared in many prestigious publications including the Guardian and Ropes Journal.

R L (Rebecca Louisa) McKinney

was born in Boulder Colorado, raised in Northern California, came to Edinburgh as a student in 1995 and never left. In various incarnations she has been a bartender, horse trainer, teacher, researcher, community development practitioner and local government dogsbody. She lives in Midlothian with her husband Craig and two children. She is the author of “Blast Radius” and “The Angel in the Stone”.

Catherine Simpson

is a novelist, poet, journalist and short story writer base in Edinburgh. “Truestory” is her debut novel. In 2013 she was awarded the Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award for the opening chapters. Her work has been published in various anthologies and Magazines and broadcast on the BBC. She has organised numerous writing workshops including ones for Midlothian libraries.

Claire Askew

is a poet and writer living in Edinburgh; her first collection, “This Changes Things”, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. Her first novel, “All the Hidden Truths” is due to be published in August this year


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Award-winning author, actor and singer Gerda Stevenson will present poetry from her new collection, QUINES: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland.
Quines is a vivid explosion of thought, description and bold opinion, clothing Scots history at last with the myriad contribution of its women. This is a wonderful, life-affirming book.” Lesley Riddoch
“…piercingly challenging and beautiful…reading it bites the heart.” Richard Holloway

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Simon’s compositions for Ritmata source musical inspiration from every corner of the globe. As a group, they flit expertly between Middle-Eastern intensity, 13th century Spanish miracle songs, Native American affirmation, the limitless expression of Indian ragas, pulsating rhythms from East Africa, the unbridled emotions of flamenco and the celebrations of Sephardic Judaism.

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The closing day of the exhibition will also be the day that our judge, Sandy Wood, will announce the winner of the Penicuik Turner Prize. This is always a tense moment for all the exhibitors who would all dearly like to be the winner. However this is a good-natured competition between friends and the judges in the past have chosen some unexpected but always worthy winners.

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Saturday 1st   2.00pm Opening of Penicuik Turner Prize Exhibition
7.30pm Curmudgeon Folk Trio
Sunday 2nd    Series of storytelling events for primary aged and pre-school children. (Sponsored by Taylor Wimpey)
Tuesday 4th   Join the folk club or attend adult writing workshop (sponsored by Taylor Wimpey)
Thursday 6th  Penicuik writers read.
Friday 7th  Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel
Saturday 8th Festival concert featuring “The Other Road” Folk Band ably supported by 2 young acts from the high schools: “The Ukes of Hazzard” and Sophie McDonald.
Sunday 9th The Penicuik Turner Exhibition closes with the awarding of the Penicuik Turner Prize and the People’s Choice Trophy.

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Penfest 2017: the fabulous Finale !

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by Jackie McDonald

With PENFEST now over there is time to sit back, draw breath and assess the week.

It was a very busy week with many highlights. The Festival Concert on the last Saturday was truly memorable. It opened with Beeslack High School Jazz Orchestra and the youngsters led by Graham McDonald really put their all into the performance. I am sure there were some very proud parents in the audience. The demonstration of Bhangra Dance was an energetic and captivating interlude but it was the star turn, Christine Bovill who bowled the audience over from her very first note. Her voice is perfect for chanson and her rendition of Brel and Piaf songs was so powerful the audience was totally involved from the outset. She earned a standing ovation at the end which was well deserved. Christine was splendidly accompanied by Pianist Jennifer Redmond.

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Bhangra Band Edinburgh

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Beeslack Jazz Band

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Christine – Coming Home

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Christine Bovill

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Christine Bovill-Piaf

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Christine Bovill-dacapo

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But before the Festival Concert,  on the Wednesday evening,  we had listened to Kate Downie’s lecture “The Art of Crossing” about her fascination with the Forth crossings. Kate was an articulate speaker. For the artists present it was an inspiring talk and everybody could marvel at her dedication and enjoy the images.

The Folk Club, Tyne and Esk Writers Group, the Community Choir and ArtSparks Children’s Art Group all participated in the Festival. We would really like to build on this base and involve more of the creative groups active in Penicuik and District and build on the success of the Festival.

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Finally the Penicuik Turner Prize closed on Sunday afternoon with the judging and announcing the winner of the People’s Choice. The exhibition has been particularly successful this year with nearly 300 visitors in the week and 270 votes cast for the People’s Choice. Sales were up on previous years encouraged by the “bargain box” – all items of original art cost £15 or less making it even more affordable for anybody to own their own artwork. The worthy winner of the Penicuik Turner Prize this year was Nancy Bryce for her large painting of grasses in moonlight and the winner of the People’s Choice was firs time exhibitor Michele Catto for her painting “DIRTY WINDAES” Michele has been attending the art classes run by Gillian Westland in the Glencorse Centre and we certainly hope to see more of her work in the future.

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The art work also inspired a group of writers to hold an impromptu writing work shop using the art works as the starting point for poems. The poetry and pictured together were quite beautiful. Perhaps next year we can try a writing work shop early in the week so that the poems can be displayed with the art work throughout the week and what about writing equivalent to the Penicuik Turner? Put on your thinking caps and come up with an idea. We would love to hear it.

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Our next blog will be devoted to sharing more of the “Inspired by Art” 2017 impromptu writing venture. Watch this space !

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There were of course many more activities. The popular Open Studios Art Trail was open both weekends and the Poetry and Music event in Rosslyn Chapel was a sell-out.The three poets reading from their own work were Finola Scott, Marjorie Gill and Henry Marsh. The Miguda String Quartet played Mozart String Quartet in B flat Major , K458. The Huntsman.

It will soon be time to plan for 2018. If anybody out there would like to help please contact the PCAA

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(flowers for Jackie for keeping the Penfest tradition growing and flowing once again!)


Penfest 2017 – towards the finale weekend!

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We hope you have enjoyed yourselves and are – like we – are feeling proud of being part of such a creative community in Penicuik. Scroll down thes page for reports and gallery of the first part of #penfest2017.

Two more splendid events are awaiting you: Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel tonight (see more here) and tomorrow night in Penicuik Townhall the Festival Concert with Christine Bovill, Edinburgh Bangra Band, and Beeslack Jazz (see more here).

Tomorrow afternoon a new wee event popped up at West Street : “Riding the Waves of Inspiration”, creative writing and listening with a difference.  for all ages from 7 yrs + 3.30pm  – 5pm. (See more here)

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Slides show

Highlights from the past 6 days:


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The Drama documentary is dealing with the exploitation of the Scottish people throughout history, from the brutal evictions of the Highland crofters by landowners to make way for the more economically viable Cheviot sheep in the 18th century, the development of stag hunts in Highland game parks in the 19th century and finally the exploitation of resources during the oil boom of the 1970’s.

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Click here to read Part 1 of the Penfest 2017 Reports by Jackie McDonald, PCAA Chair

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We would love to hear your feedback, in person, via social media or as a comment below this post.

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February e-bulletin

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We have had a busy time in the Arts Centre recently. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who made our recent Burns Supper such a success, especially Sandra who managed to save the wine when the table collapsed. Thank you to everybody who participated in the event:

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Thanks also to Sue for the Selkirk Grace, Jenni for the vote of thanks and to everybody who contributed a song or a recitation to the entertainment during the course of the evening.

If you missed the Burns Supper do not despair; we have many more events and exhibitions coming up and we look forward to welcoming you to them.

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Thursday the 16th February at 7.30pm

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This is an evening of song from Jennifer and Jessica. These two friends share a passion for all genres of music but are particularly interested in song. Their performances are always professional and well constructed and yet retain a freshness that is quite engaging. The songs this evening will range from classical to modern and the whole evening takes its inspiration from Faure’s song of the same title. The evening will explore themes of sleep, longings and aspirations.

This is the third time Jennifer and Jessica have visited us and on each occasion this versatile duo have explored different aspects of song. We are very much looking forward to hearing them again.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the Craft Shop at 4 West Street or on line at

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The Two Truths of Thomas the Rhymer

Friday the 3rd March at 7.30pm

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James Spence and Dan Serridge weave their story around the legend of Thomas the Rhymer, a seer and laird from the borders. Why not join them as they explore this most enigmatic of Border’s tales? The evening explores themes of childhood, loss and innocence. It has adult content and is suitable for 16+ years.

Music to enhance the tale is provided by Tom Kane.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the craft shop at 4 West Street or on line at

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 Pentland Piano Festival

Saturday the 18th March.

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The Arts Association is pleased to support this exciting new event. This is a participation event designed to celebrate piano playing and piano repertoire in all its guises. Piano players from beginners to experienced players will have the opportunity to play on a Steinway piano in the beautiful surroundings of the South Church. A concert is planned for the evening. West Street Arts Centre will be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm providing snacks and lunches. Participants in the festival are invited to use our pianos either for practice or just an informal session.

Entry forms are available from West Street Arts Centre.

If you want more information on this event check out the web site

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Jenni Thomson

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Throughout February the exhibition in the gallery cafe is by our own Jenni Thomson. Jenni is known to many of our regular cafe visitors but they may be unaware of what a good artist Jenni is. Her paintings of landscape are quite atmospheric and demonstrate a love of the process of painting and simply enjoying using the materials. The exhibition is open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) until the 4th of March.


STORIES: an exhibition of paintings by Ulla Hipkin

Opens on Sunday the 5th March from 2.00pm till 4.00pm. Openings are free and all are invited to come along.

It is several years since Ulla had a solo exhibition with us and we are very much looking forward to seeing her new works. Ulla takes her inspiration from the scenery and history on her door step and the exhibition is based on scenes from and around Midlothian.


Saturday March 25th               The Light Programme with Opus 8                                                     an evening of song

Friday April 21st                        Miguda String Quartet

Friday May 12th                        duke of ormidale folk duo

ThursdayJune 8th                   Fraser Fifield, saxophonist

Thursday August 31st             Accepting works for Penicuik                                                                     Turner Prize

September 2nd to 10th              PENFEST

We do hope you can join us at some of these events.

If you would like more information about the Association or would like to become more involved in the activities of the organisation please visit our web site at or phone Jackie on 01968675661


Penicuik Turner Prize

The Penicuik Turner Prize will run from the 3rd to the 11th September.

Art works will be accepted in room 1. 4 West Street on Thursday the 1 st September from 2.00pm till 4.00pm and from 7.00pm till 9.00pm.

Artists packs are available in the cafe at 4 West Street. To receive an electronic version of the pack email

The judging for the Penicuik Turner prize will take place on Sunday the 11th September between 2.00pm an 4.00pm. The judge this year is Aine Divine RSW.

More info of the emerginmg FULL PENFEST 2016 program can be found here .

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March e-bulletin

We hope you will find something of interest in this brief e-bulletin.


Friday the 18th of March at 7.30pm


Brian is an accomplished folk musician; guitarist and singer. He has been involved in the folk scene for many years and continues to champion and encourage younger musicians who are developing the genre. Although he has lived in Penicuik for some time this is a rare opportunity to hear him perform solo.

Padruig hails from North Uist and is currently studying music at Edinburgh University. He first started playing the accordion aged 8 years and has studied at St Mary Music School in Edinburgh. His interests are classical music and composition but he is equally at home with traditional repertoire.

Together these two excellent musicians will entertain us with a varied and exciting blend of music. They will play solo but will also play together.

Tickets are only £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the Gallery Gift Shop at 4 West Street or on line at


Planning for PENFEST 2016 is well under way. The festival will run from the 3rd to the 11th September. Here are a few advanced dates for the diary:

Thursday 1st September from 2.00pm til 4.00pm and from 7.00pm till 9.00pm works of art will be accepted for the Annual Open Art Exhibition and Penicuik Turner Prize

Saturday 3rd September Opening of Annual Art Exhibition.

Wednesday 7th September Alison Cole in concert at PCAA

Thursday 8th September Lecture on Art of S. E. Asia by Jan Usher

Friday 9th September Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel

Sunday 11th September closing of Annual Art Exhibition. The Penicuik Turner Prize will be judged by Aine Divine.

Some events are still to be finalised and the programme is developing.

If you, or a group you are involved with, would like to take part in the festival please contact Jackie on 01968675661 or                 email



Throughout March  the exhibition in the cafe gallery is “Adolfas Skulderis Solo”. Adolfas is the winner of the Penicuik Turner Prize 2015. This is an exciting exhibition of paintings in oil. The exhibition opens on Sunday the 6th March from 2.00pm till 4.00pm. Exhibition openings are free to all

From Monday the 4th April till Friday 29th April “The Power of Pencil” is an exhibition of drawings by Andrew Gilchrist. These are charming drawings showing great observation and repay close examination.

Exhibitions are open during cafe opening hours from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday. We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibitions.


THE GALLERY GIFT SHOP, situated above the cafe on the first floor, keeps a good stock of craft goods and cards made by local craftsmen; ideal for a special or unusual present.

THE CAFE serves home made baking and soups from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Friday; a great place to meet friends in a relaxed atmosphere.



December news bulletin


Welcome to our last newsletter of 2015. We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2016.




Traditionally this time of the year is a time for reflection. Over the past year there have been some fantastic and varied events in the centre ranging from the Annual Penicuik Turner Exhibition which was of a very high standard this year, to the Yarn Group meeting every week for help and encouragement. Concerts have included Wendy Carle Taylor way back in January and the Roxburgh String Quartet in November  with some amazing musical events in between. The challenge for 2016 is to continue and increase this level of activity. To do this we need volunteers; so if you have enjoyed the programme in 2015 and would like to continue or improve it we would very much like to hear from you. Volunteering may be as little as helping with an individual event on the night or as much as joining the committee. We particularly need a treasurer and somebody with IT skills to help with our website. All help, no matter how little or how much, is appreciated.

For further information, or to volunteer, phone Jackie on 01968675661 or email

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But 2015 is not yet over and we have our party to come. This is a free event and includes a light supper, with the usual donations bar. The payback is that we would like to hear your party piece; a song, joke, poem, dance. This has proved very popular in previous years and be assured there is no compulsion to perform. Many folk just come for the good company and to be entertained.

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Mariah Carey has not yet said she will come to the Hootenanny – but she doesn’t know what she is missing

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There is a special event for children starting at 5.00pm in the cafe. This is led by Jenni Thomson and includes games, crafts and lots of fun.

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The Craft Coop who run the upstairs craft shop have their annual exhibition in the cafe gallery in December, from Monday (afternoon) 5th December until Saturday 19th December. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the range of hand made items at very reasonable prices for those last minute Christmas presents.

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beautiful scarves by Maimie Munro, as one of the many quality crafts you will see

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This will be an exhibition of art work by friends who met at St James the Less church and will include new works by popular local artist David Owen. The opening is Sunday the 3rd January from 2.00pm till 4.00pm and all are welcome. What a great way to beat those post-holiday blues and to meet up with friends before the routine of 2016 kicks in.

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Storytelling by James Spence.

Friday 29th January at 7.30pm

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It is a long time since we have had a story teller and we are really looking forward to hearing James as he reads from his new book of Borders Folk Tales.This is a lively and diverse selection of borders tales, both tall and true, ancient and modern, dark and funny. You will hear about Tam Lynn, Thomas the Rhymer and Michael Scot the Wizard and many other characters.

The readings are suitable for adults and older children.

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Annie Patch and Graham McDonald in concert

Saturday 27th February at 7.30pm

Two popular local musicians will be entertaining us in February with an evening of song from all genres. More information in the next newsletter.

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Cafe closure

Note that our cafe will be closed for a midwinter break from 4.00pm on Saturday the 19th December and will reopen at 12.00pm on Monday the 4th January 2016.

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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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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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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)


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



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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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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  
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 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.


Other Happenings

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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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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.
click on image to see full album

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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!