Open Art Exhibition 2020 Information

Welcome to our Open Art Exhibition 2020 on line.

In these unusual times I am delighted to say that the Annual Open Art Exhibition goes on, albeit in a virtual form. This Exhibition has been part of the social calendar in Penicuik for more than 20 years and recently the quality of exhibits has been excellent. This year is no exception.

The exhibition will be open at 10am on Saturday 26th September 2020. Please click here to enter the gallery foyer.

All the features you expect at the Open Exhibition are present including the Penicuik Turner Prize and the People’s Choice Trophy. Many of the works are for sale and this year, for the first time we offer the PCAA Calendar 2021 for sale, featuring the works of local artists.

Penicuik Turner Prize

The Penicuik Turner Prize is awarded annually to the best work in the show and is judged by a professional artist. This year’s judge is Jemma Derbyshire. Jemma is a well respected teacher and runs the PaintBox Art studios and classes in Cockenzie. She is known as a landscape artist with a keen eye for colour. Her landscapes are based on observation but she uses colour and composition to describe her emotional response to the landscape. Recently she has been applying the same rigorous intelligence to still life studies. She will announce the winner of the Penicuik Turner Prize at the end of her lecture on Wednesday 30th September 7:30pm (see below).

People’s Choice

Please click here to register your vote for your favourite art work

This trophy is given to the artist of the most popular work in the show chosen by the public. The trophy was designed by Jan Miller. Voting has been very popular with our exhibition visitors since it was started 6 years ago. Many say it focuses their viewing and enhances their enjoyment of the exhibition. Many also comment on how difficult it is to choose a favourite from so many good works.

To register your vote click here

Voting for the People’s Choice Trophy will close at midday on Sunday the 4th October.

The winner will be announced at the SHOW AND TELL EVENT on the same afternoon, Sunday the 4th October at 2.00pm on ZOOM (see below).

Show and Tell

Sunday the 4th October at 2.00pm on ZOOM.

FREE – but ticketed. Please click here for your ticket.

At this event, individual artists will discuss their work in the exhibition and may even tell us what they voted for in the People’s Choice and why they chose that work. This is a great opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists. The meeting is free and is open to all, but it is ticketed because we must limit numbers. Tickets can be obtained here. Once you have a ticket you will be sent instructions for joining the ZOOM meeting. The winner of the People’s Choice will be announced at the close of the meeting between 2.30pm and 3.00pm.

Art Lecture

Wednesday the 30th September 7.30pm via ZOOM.

Tickets £5 can be purchased by clicking here

Full information about the lecture and the speaker can be found here

PENFEST has included a lecture on an art-related topic for several years. Past lecturers have included successful artists such as Kate Downie, Cath Davison and Aine Divine. This year ,we are delighted that Jemma Derbyshire will give the art lecture. Jemma is an excellent communicator who is well used to using video-conferencing as part of her teaching. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact. This should be an excellent evening.

Jemma’s lecture will be about her work and influences. At the end of the lecture she will announce the winner of the Penicuik Turner Prize 2020. Tickets for this lecture are £5 and can be purchased by clicking here. (Please note that you don’t need a Paypal account to pay this way. Once you are in Paypal, you will have the option to pay by credit or debit card).

Purchasing Art Works

If you are interested in buying any of the works or would like to contact any of the artists please contact Jackie at

Head your email “EXHIBITION PURCHASE” or EXHIBITION ENQUIRY” as appropriate. Include your name and a contact telephone number in the text.

PCAA Calendar 2021

This lovely calendar would make the perfect Christmas present. It features the works of local artists including David Owen, Ulla Hipkin and Jan Miller.

The calendar can be viewed and purchased by clicking here

Donations for Penfest

Have you enjoyed the Open Art Exhibition? If so, we’d very much appreciate a donation, however small. Like many other organisations, the PCAA has suffered a loss of income during lockdown and we still need to pay the regular and occasional bills to keep the building open and in good repair in the months ahead. We’re very much looking forward to putting on “real life” concerts and exhibitions, and opening our café again in the not too distant future!

Please click here to donate. We appreciate your support!