Birnam Arts is delighted to offer artists based in Scotland the opportunity to apply for the next ‘Studio Access Residency’.
The February – March 2022 residency offers:
We are particularly interested in proposals that consider ecological, societal, process-based or community-based ideas, but wider concepts will also be considered.
Our studios are shared creative spaces. We host a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year and some of these will be taking place at the time of the residency. We ask that you indicate your preferred days and times of access within the application, and we will do our best to accommodate this. It will be possible to leave elements of your work in progress and materials within the space, however, we do ask that you are mindful of other studio users.
We appreciate there are many forms of arts practice and flexibility in types of space are useful. Please indicate within your proposal which space would suit your practice.
This studio features a wall-mounted dance mirror, wooden floor, high ceiling, and an abundance of natural light from the large east facing windows. Use of this studio would best suit a performance artist, dancer or a visual artist requiring a clean working area.
This studio features two large tables, a clean-working station, sink, wooden floors, and a long bench beside the large west-facing windows.
Use of this studio would best suit visual artists looking to work in a variety of mediums that benefit from sink access. Arts practices suitable include, but are not limited to; ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, silversmithing, bookbinding/zine making, textiles and more.
As part of access to this studio, 2 Kiln firings and area for storage of work will be included with the residency. If more firings are required, this can be accommodated but please note that covering the cost of any extra consumables and the technician fee will fall to the artist.
The £500 artist fee is a fund available for either studio space. The artist fee will be paid to the successful artist upon receipt of an invoice. Please ensure you have a UK bank account and registered address.
Applications in partnership are also welcome. e.g., two artists who would like to develop a piece of work together. The artist fee remains the same for the project and this should be taken into consideration.
We welcome applications from all Scotland-based artists, regardless of background. We are particularly interested in applications from people of black, ethnic and minority backgrounds, to those living with disabilities, and people of any gender and non-binary. We also support artists of any age, including parents who have taken a break from their practice due to family commitments.
Please be mindful that Birnam Arts is an open, fair, and creative venue for the community, as well as the arts. As such, proposals depicting overly graphic or overtly gratuitous sexual or violent references will not be considered.
Please note that we will adhere to ongoing covid guidance and restrictions and will adhere to any level systems reinitiated. For more information, please head to https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you would like to include images with your application, please submit photos that are well lit, clear, and easy to download, for example, .jpg, or .png files that are between 500kb and 3Mb would be best.
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback and would encourage you to ask a trusted person to read through your application before submitting.
All submissions should be sent to email@example.com by 5pm on 5th January 2022. Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.
Submissions will be considered by the Arts Team at Birnam Arts. The successful applicant will be notified by 21st January 2022.
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!
We have great memories of our Wedding day at Birnam Arts. Brilliant venue.
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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.
Wed-Sun | 10:00 - 16:30
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.
Great exhibition and performance spaces. Lovely terrace and indoor seating with lots of light. Great food and drinks and even a garden next-door for a stroll afterwards. Like
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BA 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.
Wed - Sun | 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.
We’ve always enjoyed Birnam Arts and all it has to offer - lovely venue, library and classes and a great friendly cafe.
Donella Kirkland | 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.
Beautiful space, lovely people, Beatrix Potter Gardens and a wonderful exhibition "Earthly Walks" by Grigorios Karastamatis until the 18th of July (2021)!
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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.
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for everyone's support in the planning and delivery of our Perthshire Artisan's event at Birnam Arts. The space was ideal, the food delicious and it was great to be back in real life!
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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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One of the most wonderful weekends of my life. Thanks to all at the Birnam Book Festival, Guest of Honour, author and musician.
Peggy Seeger | Birnam Book Festival 2018
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.
Wed-Sun | 10:30 - 15:30
The comfortable and aesthetically pleasing cafe seating attracted praise and provided ideal places for small groups to gather at the tables, enjoying excellent food and drinks! Visitors remarked upon your new signage, now so much easier to navigate to the various rooms within the venue.
Fiona Ritchie | Birnam Book Festival 2022
Sunday 4th December
We're really sorry but due to staff shortages the cafe will only be serving Tea, Coffee and Cakes today.
The Gift Shop, Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Gallery Exhibition are open as usual.