Penicuik Turner Prize and People’s Choice

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 The highlight of the Open Exhibition is the judging and awarding of the Penicuik Turner Prize for the best work as judged by an independent artist and the People’s Choice Trophy which is awarded to the best work as judged by public vote.

The picture collage above shows some images from past years.

This year the judge for the Turner Prize is Alison Stewart. Judging will take place on the afternoon of the 10th of September and the winner will be announced at approximately 3.00pm.

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Festival Concert

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Christine Bovill has an formidible reputation as a song writer and chanteuse. She has performed live on ITV, BBCs Newsnight and Radio 4. She has appeared in the Edinburgh Fringe for the last 5 years performing her sell-out show “Christine Bovill’s Piaf”. We are thrilled that she managed at very short notice to honour us with performing here in Penicuik.


If you want to know how the opening night of Christine Bovill’s 10 night residence at the New Town Theatre went, then let’s start at the end. The audience gave her a standing ovation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”” align=”center” title=”L’Hymne A L’Amour”][vc_text_separator title=”BOOK NOW” border=”yes” border_color=”#eded02″ background_color=”#dd0000″][vc_column_text]

Tickets are £12 (£10 for PCAA/PFC members and for school students)

From the Gift shop at 4 West Street or on-line at

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Christine is supported in this concert by the Beeslack Jazz Orchestra, who are gaining a reputation as an accomplished and polished outfit and by Edinburgh Bhangra Dance Crew

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Bhangra Dance is a high-octane dance form originating in the Punjab

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Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel

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Three poets read from their own work and the Miguda String Quartet play chamber music to complement the works. This is always a popular event in our PENFEST calendar.

The poets, reading from their own works, are Henry Marsh, Marjorie Gill and Finola Scott. Interjected with the sounds of Mozart’s String Quartet in B flat major, K458 “The Hunt” played the Miguda Quartet.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from our gift shop at 4 West Street, Penicuik or on-line at

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Local Writers Read

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Entry is FREE

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The Art of Crossing – a lecture by Kate Downie RSA

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  Over the past 30 years this Scottish landscape artist has been intrigued and inspired by the crossings over the Forth Estuary, these bridges that have become icons for an ambitious small country.

Downie has climbed up, crawled below, perched on rocks close by and floated by in a variety of boats underneath in order to really explore the nature of these bridges and make new drawings. Why does she do it? Come to this talk ‘ The Art of Crossing ‘ and find out.

Kate Downie has been a practicing visual artist based in Scotland for the past 35 years, after studying Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. She has exhibited her work extensively in both the UK and internationally.

Her interest in the social fabric of civil engineering, urbanisation and landscape has lead her into a series of extraordinary residencies over the years, including placements in a brewery, an oil rig, on the Great Wall of China and most recently on the Forth Road Bridge. Her practice includes painting, printmaking, large-scale drawing and performative drawing and she has had experience in large-scale public art projects both as a leading artist and as part of a team within diverse local community arts projects, here and in China.

For a number of years she was resident in Leith and has a large portfolio of works examining the diversity of the Firth of Forth coastline and crossings.

Her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide. She is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, a former president of the Society of Scottish Artists and an active member of Glasgow Print Studio and Edinburgh Printmakers. Her next major solo exhibition of paintings, ‘The Anatomy of Haste’, will be at the Scottish Gallery during the Edinburgh Festival this year.

“My work attempts to transform ordinary places into poetic acts of memory”

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Tickets are £5 and are available  from our gift shop at 4 West Street or on-line at


Sing Along with Penicuik Folk CLub

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Join Penicuik Folk Club for an evening of song and tunes. The members of the folk club accept a very broad definition on “folk music”. You may hear anything from traditional Scots or English songs and tunes to foreign language songs and more contemporary music. Several members of the club compose their own material.

Entry is free

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Exhibition of paintings by Morag Donkin – opening

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You are welcome to the opening of this exhibition of paintings by Morag Donkin. The opening is from 2.00pm till 4.00pm in the cafe gallery at 4 West Street.

Born in Edinburgh in 1990, Morag Donkin graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA Hons Painting degree in 2013.

She was awarded the RSA Keith Prize in 2011 for best work by a student in their annual open exhibition.

In 2012 Morag won the Fleming-Wyfold Award.

Morag has exhibited work at the Scottish National Gallery, the Fleming Collection, Edinburgh Filmhouse, St Margaret’s House and Edinburgh Fine Art Library.

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The exhibition is then open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday) until Saturday 30th September.

Entry to the exhibition and the opening event are free.


Community Singing – Give it a try

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Do you sing in the shower or around the home? Have you ever wanted to try and sing in a group, meet new friends and experience the joy of putting on a concert in your own locality? If you answered YES to any of those questions then come and try singing with Penicuik Community Choir.

Led by Liz McKeon (Musical Director), come along from 2 – 3:30pm and learn a little about how to use your voice, sing with others and learn some of the tricks of singing in a choir. Meet some of our existing members and singalong with them.  It is a fun atmosphere but it is also a place to learn, develop and make new friends.

Our choir prides itself on the fact that there are:


This is a free event

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Herken and friends in concert

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Herken is simply Scots for “come and listen” (hearken) so we hope you’ll  do just that. Herken are Alan, Glynis and Paul Murray, Alison Cole, Dave and Sue Owen and Suzanne (Sooz) McCrae. Herken is largely an acoustic folk band, but the Herks’ individual tastes are extremely varied – so expect to hear Scots and English folk song, songs by Neil Young and Elbow, a wee dash of Burns and lots more. Herken are likely to have one or two special guests as well, to expand their sound.

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Tickets for this event are £5 (£4 for PCAA members) and are available  from our gift shop at 4 West Street or on-line at


Opening of Annual Open Art Exhibition and Penicuik Turner Prize

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The Annual Open Art Exhibition attracts entries from Penicuik and District and beyond and includes works by both amateur and professional artists. The work is of a very high standard and includes paintings sculpture and crafts. It is a great place to pick up an original art work at an affordable price.

Every year one artist is awarded the Penicuik Turner Prize as judged by a visiting judge. This year the judge is Alison Stewart.  The trophy is called the Penicuik Turner Prize after its maker, Andrew Turner, blacksmiths,

For the past three years we have also awarded a prize to a work judged to be the best by public vote.

Come along and vote for your favourite, buy an original art work at affordable prices or just come to chat with friends surrounded by beautiful paintings.

The exhibition then remains open from Monday 4th September till Saturday the 9th September from 10.00am till 4.00pm.

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