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We’re delighted you’ve visited the PCAA website. We hope you’ll feel inspired to join our friendly community of people who enjoy creativity. You’re warmly welcome as an active amateur or professional artist, crafter, writer or musician, and you’re warmly welcome if you simply enjoy what our talented members and friends offer us! Scroll down for details of our current exhibition, our latest exciting Community project “YS2022” – all about learning to be a storyteller for adult audiences and other community projects, our 45th anniversary celebrations and other interesting links.

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Year of Stories 2022 (YS2022)

Free Storytelling workshops!

We’re running our next Community project – “Oor Toon” – a series of six FREE workshops to learn storytelling – for grown-ups! We’ve been awarded funding from the Visit Scotland Year of Stories Fund, to develop spoken Storytelling in Penicuik and surrounding areas. The project is led by local professional story-teller Ruth Kirkpatrick
.  Please click here for full details

The workshop dates are:

  • Sat 2nd July 10:30am – 12:30pm; 1:30 – 3:30pm; CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
  • Tue 19th July 7:30 – 9pm; THIS IS NOW THE FIRST WORKSHOP; TWO MORE tbc
  • Tue 9th August; 7:30 – 9pm;
  • Tue 23rd August 7:30 – 9pm;
  • Tue 6th September 7:30 – 9pm.

We hope that participants can attend all six workshops though it’s OK to miss one or two.

Sessions will be held in the Penicuik Arts Centre and participants can develop their telling of any kind of stories: traditional, historical or personal. The hope is to build the confidence and skills of this group, to share stories with friends and family, and maybe help to sustain a Storytelling Club in the town in the future.

This is a unique and free opportunity to learn a wonderful social skill!

We are grateful for Year of Stories Community Stories Fund support from EventScotland, MuseumsGalleriesScotland and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 is a celebration of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and every community has a different tale to tell. In 2022, a whole host of events will be held across Scotland – by community groups, museums, culture and heritage organisations and visitor attractions – showcasing our rich storytelling and literary heritage.

Find out more about Year of Stories 2022 here: https://visitscotland.com/about/themed-years/stories

Exhibitions in the café-gallery

July 2022 – Work from Barbara Hegarty can be viewed in the café-gallery from Monday 4th July until Saturday 6th August. Please click here for more information.

August 2022 – Lorna Noble (textile artist) is exhibiting from Monday 8th August until Saturday 3rd September.

PCAA Community Projects

We have funding to run:

– A film making project – Take part in a film about Penicuik’s Paper-making industry – see below!

– A storytelling project – Take part in our Year of Stories 2022 project – please click here for details

For more details about all Community Projects and/or to register interest, please visit our Community Projects webpage  and/or email penicuikarts.org@gmail.com

PCAA’s 45th Aniversary!

Events to celebrate 45 years of creativity, music, arts in Penicuik!

Please click here for more details

Penicuik on the big screen?! 

Your chance to take part in a fantastic new project funded by the SCOPS Trust.

We need your stories about Penicuik’s paper-making industry days – email Sue penicuikarts.org@gmail.com or text/phone 0781 505 2929

We need volunteers for acting, costumes, other support work, etc.

Please click here for more details!



Our own PCAA Poetry book is still on sale.

£10 each (plus £2 p&p). Please click here to buy yours, or from Pen-y-Coe press. If there are none in stock there and you don’t like shopping online, please send an email (penicuikarts.org@gmail.com).

Music from Penfest is still available on YouTube – please click here!

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