This isn’t simply a new look to our site – it is a completely new experience for us all.
We’ve listed to you, our communities, and have some new links for you to use, starting with a new way to see what events are coming, and to book your tickets.
One of the most important elements we wanted to include in our new website was an easy to find out what is happening at Birnam Arts, and to be able to book your tickets. And this new site brings that to you in spades!
We’ll let still you know about what’s coming up soon through different online platforms as well, but if you want, this is your new one-stop-shop to find out what is coming to your local arts centre – and get your tickets sorted!
You’ll be able to search by genre – are you looking for a comedy, theatre, music, or dance? Or you can search by date – and find something for a special celebration with a friend or loved one, or to gather a group of friends and come along to a show together!
Of course, you can also see information about the current exhibition, upcoming workshops and classes, festivals and community events, talks and activities to support your well-being.
Just look for the red What’s On tab near the top of the website, and you’ll find all you need.
For those who know, it is hard to imagine the Birnam Dunkeld area without thinking of one of our most famous regular visitors, Beatrix Potter. As a regular childhood visitor from London, Beatrix spent many of the milder-weather months exploring and learning about nature in the hills and pathways nearby. We invite you to visit the exhibition to learn a little something new about this fascinating woman.
Along with the well-known exhibition about many of the adventures Beatrix Potter enjoyed during her childhood family summer stays in Perthshire, there is also a wonderful mezzanine with different exhibitions throughout the year. Usually featuring the work of local artists – often with time to meet and speak with the artist – the sun-filled gallery offers a little respite from the busyness of daily life. Even if you are only in the area for a short while, we’d love to welcome you to our beautiful building.
Whether you choose to visit the Beatrix Potter exhibition, or spend a little time in the gallery, our gift shop and café offer additional ways to relax and enjoy your time at Birnam Arts.
The gift shop is currently expanding its range of products, but keeping some old favourites, particularly for fans of Beatrix Potter.
The café is enjoying the combination of familiar favourites and new flavours as well, as the culinary skills of long-time staff member, Sandra, continues to bake delicious, sweet treats, and new chef Alex starts to introduce some new delights. And across the menu, we consider our visitors seeking vegan and gluten-free options.
As we considered how we want to think about the work we are doing – and the opportunities we want to invite you to join us in – three words kept coming up: Creative, Inspiring, Different.
We look at the range of spaces we have here at Birnam Arts and we are looking forward to new projects and programmes for you to enjoy in our two studios. From weekly creative kids to French conversation lessons, or maybe a yoga or Pilates class, we are working to create a range of reasons for you to visit us.
However, we know that regular classes don’t suit everyone. We are working with Scottish artists to develop a programme of workshops that will inspire and stretch your creative energies. Something different is just around the corner!
Importantly, as we launch our new website, we know how essential it is that we don’t forget where we’ve come from, and our incredible partners who’ve walked beside us throughout the past 20 years.
An important part of Birnam Arts is the Birnam Library in the original part of the building, which has been a part of our story for more than 140 years, to the support from Culture Perth & Kinross in keeping our community connected with books even through the past 18 months.
Throughout the past 20 years since Birnam Arts opened – through the various name changes and building on the different roles in our history dating back to the 1880s – the support of local and regional business leaders is something we have valued immensely.
We are honoured that so many believe that Birnam Arts offers great value to the lives of those who take part in our activities. Our partners and champions – both large and small – have not only supported our presence, but also supported our staff, volunteers, and board. And we are incredibly grateful for that support.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community – in so many forms – to support the role of the arts in all our lives. Birnam Arts is for us all as we step into the next 20 years of being creative, inspiring each other, and looking for something just a little bit different.
Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.
Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!
Perthshire is so lucky to benefit from such an amazing community, arts and performance venue. I have so many great memories of attending various performances and parties at Birnam Arts! Hoping to attend many more to come! Birnam Arts has a place in many peoples hearts and is an essential community resource.
Sarah Brown | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located in the heart of Birnam Arts, our café is the meeting place and gathering space for everyone, from local friendly faces to new visitors from far and wide.
Wednesday to Sunday | 10am - 4pm
The food scene in Dunkeld and Birnam is becoming a go-to for food lovers and we're proud to be part of the that story.
What a warm and lovely welcome for this Yorkshire author. Thank you. Birnam Book Festival, author
Rose George | Birnam Book Festival 2018
Our Shop has a unique selection of gifts sourced both locally and from throughout Scotland. With a range of design, jewellery and craft items there’s a little something for everyone. We also stock the largest range of Beatrix Potter merchandise in the country.
Wednesday to Sunday | 10:30 - 15:30
We pride ourselves in supporting emerging and established makers alongside contemporary brands such as Harris Tweed, and offer a range of books on Perthshire, as well as V&A Stationery and gifts for the wee ones.
A wonderful local facility, always welcoming and friendly. Me and my girls have so many happy memories of ballet classes and shows here - we need to keep the magic going!
Jane Pasteur | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Birnam Arts delivers a programme of monthly exhibitions showing work by artists at varying stages of their careers within both solo and group exhibitions.
We continually develop new opportunities to support the practice and development of Scottish based artists, whilst also bringing work that is inspiring, creative and different to the contemporary art scene in rural Perthshire.
Such lovely memories of coming to Birnam as a wee one, visiting the garden and the exhibition then exploring the woods that inspired Beatrix Potter.
Graham Webster | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located upstairs of the original Victorian part of Birnam Arts, our Visual Arts and Performing Arts studios are where much of the creative magic at Birnam Arts takes place.
Birnam Arts has been host to great memories and moments, from dancing my heart out at weddings to speaking at conferences to enjoying wonderful music ... this place does it all and is an important hub. We look forward to the time we can enjoy BA to its full once again.
Susanna Thomson | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
At the heart of Birnam Arts is a highly versatile space, otherwise known as the John Kinnaird Hall, our home for live music, film, theatre, public meetings, conferences and private events.
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Birnam Arts is at the heart of community life here.
Fiona Ritchie | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Within this dedicated space celebrating Beatrix Potter, her much loved characters and historical ties to the area, there is something for both kids and adults alike.
Wednesday to Sunday | 10:30 - 15:30
I have played at Birnam Arts as part of Blow and Blast for a number of years and never cease to be amazed by how many activities take place there - too valuable to lose!
Kenneth MacKenzie | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020