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Our exhibitions programme supports both local and wider Scottish based artists by offering solo, shared, or group exhibitions. With thanks to funding from Creative Scotland we are delighted to announce our new round of Open Calls for submissions to exhibit between June and August 2023 (approximately 4 weeks per exhibition). To apply, you will be required to submit the following information via email, before the closing date of Sunday 26th March 2023 (midnight).
Please send us:
Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com before the closing date of Sunday 26th March 2023 (midnight).
The Birnam Arts exhibition programme promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas. We actively encourage applications from artists from an ethnic minority background, from LGBTQ+ communities, artists living with a disability, neurodivergent artists, artists balancing their work with care responsibilities, in particular mothers returning to the arts after having children, and artists living and working in areas of multi-deprivation. We are also committed to addressing environmental and climate issues and we welcome applications that explore this subject matter.
All submissions are considered carefully, but as we are such a small team, we’re unfortunately unable to offer feedback on individual exhibition proposals. We look forward to hearing from you!
What happens next?
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 26th March 2023. Please note that late and incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Who should I contact?
Email Helen Reid email@example.com or phone 01350 727 674
This opportunity provides the following access and support:
This AiR opportunity aims to provide access to a dedicated artistic space, with the option of evening and weekend access, recognising the challenges of balancing paid work and/or family/caring responsibilities whilst developing a growing artistic practice. We envisage this will be most suitable to an artist or maker who is looking to re-establish a routine of focus to their work. We are particularly interested in applications from mothers who have taken a break from their practice due to raising children and supporting their family.
In order to help us grow this programme and to secure future funding, we ask that the awarded artist/maker provides us with feedback on their time with us.
You must be a Scottish based artist or maker working in the visual and/or applied arts sector.
Given this is not a residential opportunity and is looking to support an artist or maker to dedicate routine access to the studio and practice development, applications from Perthshire based artists will be prioritised. However, if you are able to demonstrate clearly how you would intend to access the space through sourcing local accommodation, we would welcome your application.
Please ensure all sections are completed and returned to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 26th March 2023. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Do I have to be Scottish?
No, you can be any nationality, but you must be based in Scotland and have a UK bank account.
Do you provide accommodation?
No, this as a studio-access only opportunity. Please visit dunkeldandbirnam.org.uk for recommendations of local hospitality and accommodation providers.
Are you a wheelchair accessible venue?
Yes, we have dedicated accessible parking and facilities including toilets (on both floors), low ramps between areas, and a lift.
Can I apply in collaboration with another artist or maker?
Yes, but please note that the support and access remains the same regardless of how many people are involved with your project.
Will you provide letters of support if I want to apply for additional funding?
Yes, we can support you with this. A budget of what we offer in-kind would also be available.
Is it possible to have an exhibition off the back of this residency?
Yes, there is potential for this but is not expected of you.
Please contact Helen email@example.com for an application form
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Wed-Sun | 10:00 - 16:30
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!
This is a lovely light and welcoming building with a cafe and library during the day and some really excellent concerts and shows of all genres mostly in the evening. It's an intimate space but with capacity for several hundred people and tends to be competitively priced. It relies on volunteer support and is an excellent community hub.
Katharine Preedy | Google Reviews
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.
Birnam Arts is a unique venue, contributing enormously to many aspects of our lives - social, cultural, educational.
Linda Wolfe | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
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 had not planned to present a hybrid festival, however that changed when one of our main authors tested positive for Covid. I greatly appreciated how the team worked with us to pivot and present remotely in part, making full use of your enhanced video conferencing equipment. As a result, we were able to deliver quite complex events with several elements all showing on screen simultaneously. The audio-visual quality was excellent, and our audiences were delighted that these events could still go ahead, in spite of Covid. The author in question was really pleased that he could join us on screen and remarked that he had not been so well supported in this way at any other festival.
Fiona Ritchie | Birnam Book Festival 2022
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.
A lovely welcome. Keep on flourishing.
Alan Reid | Birnam Book Festival 2018
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.
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
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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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
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
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