PENICUIK ARTS CENTRE
Penicuik Community Arts Association
Run entirely by volunteers since 1977
Penicuik Community Arts Association Open Day 2007 –a celebration
Mamie Munro silkpainting at Penicuik Arts
Jenni Fraser violin at Penicuik Arts
Edinburgh Renaissance Band plays in the Gallery Café garden
Annie Patch sings in the Gallery Café garden at Penicuik Arts
Jo Powell children’s art workshop at Penicuik Arts
Catherine Freeland demonstrates spinning at Penicuik Arts
Annemarie Grant demonstrates knitting at Penicuik Arts
Emily Scott at Penicuik Arts photo Tony Dore
Catherine Freeland spinning workshop at Penicuik Arts
Hazel Vellacott mosaic workshop at Penicuik Arts
The Beggar Girls play the Gallery Café garden at Penicuik Arts
at Hazel Vellacott’s mosaic workshop
Neil Pennycook sings in the Gallery Café garden photo Tony Dore
James Spence storytelling at Penicuik Arts
. photo Tony Dore
Aine Divine portrait painting at Penicuik Arts photo Tony Dore
Aine Divine portrait painting at Penicuik Arts
Fanattica plays outside and in at Penicuik Arts photos Tony Dore
Penicuik people started our
Community Arts Association back in 1977 in this once-papermaking town ten miles
We’re a voluntary organisation, open to all, with self-governing co-operatives running the café and the craft shop day by day. Most of our income is generated by ourselves.
THE CRAFT SHOP
Over 20 talented craft workers and artists have a co-operative craft shop in the Arts Centre.
Because overheads are low, we’re able to sell our work without the inflated prices that larger shops charge. There’s a happy, friendly atmosphere and you can have a snack in the cafe downstairs, and browse and chat in our shop. We hold craft fairs in the town hall too.
Crafts we sell include: silk batik, pottery, aromatics, dried flowers, knitwear, hand painted silks, jams, honey, hand made cards, watercolours, wooden articles and stained glass.
Many members take commissions.
The Craft Shop is open on:
and closed on Sundays.
The Arts Centre is the cultural focus at the heart of the old town centre.
the days when Penicuik made the paper for
Within a few minutes walk are 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings that reflect the special character of our town, like Robert Hamilton’s Valleyfield Monument shown here,
Pilkington’s Park End and South Kirk, Campbell Douglas’s Cowan Institute
THE GALLERY CAFÉ
The Gallery Cafe is the heart of the Arts
Everything you see is home made: -soups, organic bread, cakes and biscuits. Beyond the cafe is the sheltered sun garden for eating out on warmer days.
With a good cup of coffee, you can enjoy the gallery all around you. A different selling exhibition is featured here every month.
Upstairs at Penicuik Arts is a matchless exhibition and acoustic performance space. Our members organise a very wide programme over the year with folk, world music, jazz and classical concerts, international and Scottish evenings, plays, parties, dance, poetry, talks on art and local history, film showings, art, music and craft workshops and children’s events. Many local and international performers develop a great rapport with the intimate Arts Centre audience and come back again for more!
Exhibitions often feature
in the main gallery upstairs. There’s
the Association’s own big exhibition in June each year. Plus one-off special
shows like Models and their Makers, Wood and Stone, Scottish Ecology Design,
Pilkington’s architecture, Inspired by Horses.
Our two Memorable Clothes exhibitions showed some Penicuik surprises and
the stories behind them. The native-american jacket given to a man who went down with the Titanic. The dress
made in 1840s
PENICUIK COMMUNITY ARTS ASSOCIATION
official website: www.penicuikarts.org
Telephone 01968 678804
Penicuik Community Arts Association
Penicuik Arts Centre
Penicuik Gallery Café co-operative
Penicuik Arts Craft co-op
You’ll find us beside the Belgian Consulate - look for the flag
Here are a few upcoming Penicuik events,
Some earlier this year
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