Community Projects

The PCAA aims to run projects which involve our wider Community and which collaborate with other organisations in Penicuik.

Please email Sue on penicuikarts.org@gmail.com (or text 0781 505 2929) for further details of all projects.

Current PCAA Community Projects

In 2022, we are delighted to announce that we have grant funding for three new Community Projects:

1. From Midlothian Council 2022, for a course of six singing for fun and wellbeing workshops during April, May and June (now ended).

2. From Midlothian Council,  for a Community competition for a postcard design. Entries were exhibited during May, for Penfest 2022 (now ended).

You can view the entries by clicking here

3. From the SCOPS Arts Trust, we have funds to run the first year of a two-year project to make a film about the Paper-Making industry in Penicuik. This first year’s money is for Gerda Stevenson to research and write a script. We also need to find volunteers who’d like to act, help with costumes etc, or provide stories and information from the paper mill days. Towards the end of the first year, roles will be allocated and costumes etc purchased. If our first year’s work is good enough, we’ll get the second year’s grant which will pay professionals to work with our volunteers to do the filming. Please contact us if anyone you know used to work in the paper-mills, and if you have stories, photographs or memorabilia to help with Gerda’s research. Please also get in touch if you fancy playing a part in the film!
Please click here for further details of the Penicuik Paper-Making Film Project

4. From Museums Galleries Scotland, a grant for “Oor Toon” – a Story-telling project. Please click here for full details.

This event is supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.

Past PCAA Community projects include:

– Summer 2020 – Community Art Project 1 “Reaction to Covid” (funded by Penicuik Community Council)

– Christmas 2020 – Community Art Project 2 “Winter and Christmas with Covid” (funded by Penicuik Community Council and participants)

– Spring 2021 – Community Art Project 3 “Looking forward to Spring” (funded by Midlothian Council)

Participants each received a free good quality art pack, including several pieces of A5 card for their contributions. These were small enough to make lovely displays of art work from all participants in the Arts Centre window while the building was closed during lockdown. Prizes were awarded for the best in three categories for the Spring 2021 project: “Brownies and Rainbows”; “Care home residents” and “Other participants”.

Summer 2021 – The Penicuik Poetry Book Project “Pentland Voices” (funded by the Corra Foundation). The resulting illustrated poetry book can still be bought online (please click here) or from the West Street Arts Centre Café, or from Pen-y-Coe Press in Bridge Street.

March 2022 –  a Community competition for a postcard design, funded by Midlothian Council. Entries were exhibited during May, judged by the Hunter and Lass elect (Duncan Whitson and Kelly Lorimer) and prizes were awarded by Penicuik’s Citizen of the Year, Shona Hardie, at Penfest 2022’s “Show and Tell” event.

You can view the entries by clicking here

April 2022 – A series of 6 singing workshops with Kirsty Law – Tuesdays – Singing for fun and wellbeing, funded by Midlothian Council.