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 in all the arts, including music. 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, the latest news of our new singing workshops January – March 2023, our Storytelling club, exhibitions and concerts.

Thank you!

The PCAA thanks Councillor Willie McEwan, Councillor Connor McManus and Councillor Debbi McCall for generous grants to our organisation this year, which will contribute to our ongoing huge building expenses. We are extremely grateful to them and to all members and friends who contribute, both financially and practically.

A trip down Memory Lane!

As part of our 45th Anniversary celebrations, we’re creating a page of links to photo albums and YouTube clips from past years.

We hope you enjoy the trip down Memory Lane!

And if you’re calling in to the Arts Centre, do pop into Room 3 to browse some interesting archive files showing old exhibition and events posters, cartoons from Doreen Frew, and newsletters featuring Mike Scott’s unique editorials. You can also see our two poetry books – copies can be purchased from the café.

Happening NOW

A new series of singing workshops at the Arts Centre

With funding from the MyCool Music Foundation, we are running further singing workshops, starting Tuesday 24th January 7 – 8:30pm. Kirsty Law provides a fun and supportive environment for vocal games and songs to lift our spirits and just air our voices. Please email penicuikarts.org@gmail.com or please click here for details.

Storytelling club in Penicuik

Our Community storytelling project – “Oor Toon” – was first set up as a result of Museums Galleries Scotland Year of Stories funding (#YS2022). We have now acquired new funding from TRACS to help run four more storytelling club nights between January and April 2023, hosted by local professional story-teller Ruth Kirkpatrick and friends
. Different professional storytellers have been invited as special guests. Everyone is welcome to come and tell a story, sing a song, give us a tune… or simply sit back and listen… we need listeners as well as tellers! Please click here for tickets, and for more details, please email penicuikarts.org@gmail.com or click here.

We are grateful for funding from TRACS (Pockets and Prospects)

New Storytelling workshops at the Arts Centre

Also following on from our Community storytelling project – “Oor Toon”, we have acquired new funding from TASGADH to help run some storytelling workshops, led by a variety of internationally renowned storytellers. They will be FREE for people local to Penicuik and the immediate surrounding areas, and £30 for non-locals (though a limited number of free places will be available for anyone on low income – just say). Space is limited, so you MUST book in advance – many thanks. Please email penicuikarts.org@gmail.com or please click here for more details. 


Exhibitions in the café-gallery

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January – February 2023 Due to roof leaks at the Arts Centre over the festive season, and the uncertainty of how ready the premises would be, Brian Nicholson’s exhibition of beautiful landscape photography has moved to the Riccio gallery in Dalkeith.

Happily, the rapid response of the contractors and teams of volunteers were able to make the Arts Centre building ready for opening on 16th January, as planned. A temporary non-sales exhibition can be viewed in the Gallery café until the end of February. This includes some hangings and posters celebrating the PCAA’s 45th anniversary in 2022.

The PCAA Yarn Group will be exhibiting from Monday 4th March until Saturday 1st April. 

The PCAA 2022-2023 Concert season

The Celebration Concert of Burns and Scotland on Saturday 21st January 2023 was a delight! Paul Murray and Scott Gardiner gave an immensely enjoyable and varied programme of Scottish song and music. 

Our next classical concert is from the Artisan Trio in the Arts Centre on Sunday 19th February 2023 at 3pm.  We are privileged to be able to offer such high profile professional concerts in Penicuik.

On Saturday 25th February at 7:30pm, we are thrilled to present a concert of Music from the Shetlands and Beyond with Shetland mother and daughter fiddlers, Alison and Yelena Anderson, and local pianist Graham McDonald. 

We advise you to buy tickets in advance for all concerts – from West Street Arts Centre café, or online (please click the link below). Or you can email us to reserve tickets – but do let us know if you can’t make it after all – there may be someone on the waiting list! (penicuikarts.org@gmail.com)

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Please click here to buy tickets for all events.

PCAA Community Projects

We also have funding to run a film making project about Penicuik’s Paper-making industry – see below!

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

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!

Grateful thanks to…

…Everyone who donates to us, however little, however much. It helps us to provide uplifting and fun arts, crafts and music events for the people of Penicuik and the surrounding area.

…Councillors Willie McEwan, Debbi McCall and Connor McManus for generous grants totalling £8750 to help towards the cost of our current building works.

…Chamber Music Scotland for a grant of £1900 to help us provide a season of classical music concerts 2022 – 2023.

…Chamber Music Scotland for a grant of £500 to enable us to pay professional cellist Justyna Jablonska to perform a series of three short concert at Cowan Court in Autumn 2022.

…Arnold Clark for a grant of £1000 towards PCAA’s costs for the upcoming Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project roof repairs for 2-4 West Street.

…TRACS Pockets and Prospects for a grant of £1430 to help us pay professionals and running costs for four storytelling club nights and two storytelling workshops in 2023

…Tasgadh for a grant of £925 to help us pay professionals and running costs for five storytelling workshops in 2023

…MyCool Music Foundation for a grant of £1000 to help us pay a professional (Kirsty Law) and running costs for six singing workshops, January to March 2023

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 2021 is still available on YouTube – please click here!

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