What’s On?

Information about all of our events
can be found on our calendar.

Please do contact us for further information about any of our activities.

Music at the PCAA:

We offer around six chamber music concerts during the year from high class musicians. These concerts are usually subsidised by Chamber Music Scotland, enabling us to charge less for tickets.

In addition, we aim to present one or two concerts a year of traditional and folk, jazz or popular music.

We plan to run some informal in-house music workshops. Please keep checking the calendar for further details as they become available!

Spoken and written word at the PCAA

For some time, the PCAA has run occasional writing workshops for local amateur authors. In 2021, we obtained a grant from CORRA to produce a community poetry book.

The PCAA has also enjoyed occasional story-telling events for both adults and children. Our most recent event was held on Zoom in May 2021, when Ruth Kirkpatrick entranced us with her spell-binding tales and song. (link to archive material)

Please let us know if you’re interested in further events like this.

Exhibitions –

We run new exhibitions each month, each beginning on the first Monday of the month.  Our current and upcoming exhibitions include:

  • August 2021: photography by Andrew Gillie
  • September 2021: mixed crafts and mixed media exhibition for the Sashita charity
  • October 2021: Christine Finlayson

Community Projects

The Penicuik Community Poetry Book project:

The PCAA obtained funding to produce a Penicuik Community Poetry book, full of poems written by the people of Penicuik, including running free workshops to help writers.

The PCAA Calendar 2022:

PCAA is producing a calendar of original works for 2022.

As similar calendar produced for 2021 was well received and was very successful in both artistic and commercial terms. We are grateful to the artists who allowed us to use their work.

If you would like to be involved in the 2022 calendar please send a photograph of your work as a jpeg file to pcaa@penicuikarts.org. Photographs taken with a relatively new smart phone are generally of sufficient quality.

Please include your name and contact details in the email including a phone number. Also include details of the work; size, medium used and title. We would also appreciate if you could include a brief sentence about the work. For example, saying where or who the work was about and why this was important to you. We will print this on the calendar. This will make the image more interesting to the viewer.

Because the calendar launch is scheduled to coincide with the start of the open art exhibition the calendar entry could also be one of your entries for the Penicuik Turner Prize. (Normally works that have already been exhibited in the Arts Centre are excluded form the Turner Prize)

Remember the Penicuik Turner Prize and Open Art Exhibition will run from the 25th September till the 2nd October. Works for the exhibition should be handed in to 4 West Street Penicuik on Thursday 23rd September.

The PCAA Musician in Residence Project for Penicuik High School

The PCAA has been successful in a grant application to Chamber Music Scotland to engage with young people in the Penicuik community in a totally new way. The project funds a young local cellist, Justyna Jablonska, in the role of Musician in Residence for the school to work closely with the head of music, Keith Murphy. Together, they will lead and facilitate the production of a sound and video production using contemporary classical composition techniques, which will be uploaded to YouTube and premiered at  the PCAA Penfest Arts Festival at the end of September. Justyna will engage the students in “improvisation”, using the sounds around them, recording them on their devices, and layering them to make a final “production”. Sounds will also include their own musical instruments or vocalisation.

The work will be done as a series of intensive workshops in August when the school students return after the summer break.

The recorded sound and video clips will be stitched together for the final video/sound track under the guidance of Justyna and Keith.

If covid restrictions allow, in addition to the sound/video file uploaded to the PCAA YouTube channel, there will also be a small live social event where the video would be played, and where Justyna, and hopefully some students, would be available to answer questions and celebrate the project. This is programmed for Saturday 2nd October at 3pm at the Arts Centre.