The exhibition departs from the practice of propagating trees by grafting, taught by the artist’s father. In muted conversation with philosophers, plant biologists and growers, Rowan Lear considers ideas of inheritance and evolution, straightening devices and mingled bodies.
The installation gleams with the dazzling green of cambium, the layer of stem cells in woody plants from which roots and shoots grow.
Designed to disorient, A sudden branching revels in the intelligence, resilience, and audacity of vegetal life.
A sudden branching grows out of a period of residency at Birnam Arts earlier this year, during which Rowan experimented with darkroom processes and new ceramic techniques and spent time in the fields, forests, and orchards around Birnam and Dunkeld. The exhibition includes a reading nook, where visitors can pause and read related books and articles.
Events Meet The Artist Saturday 14 August & Saturday 28 August, 11am - 1pm, Birnam Arts, All ages, Free, drop-in.
Links to our Cafe, opening times and directions.Visitor Information >
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!
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
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.
Daily | 10:00 - 16:00
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.
A lovely welcome. Keep on flourishing.
Alan Reid | Birnam Book Festival 2018
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.
Daily | 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.
Compact Arts & Conference Centre, it is also the exhibition centre for Beatrix Potter with an adjacent themed garden. The centre has a cafe with indoor / outdoor seating areas. Throughout the year the arts centre hosts a variety of different acts, shows, talks & exhibitions.
Simon Hawkes | Google Reviews
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.
We really enjoy visiting the Arts Centre when we are walking in the Birnam area, and our family loved the Puppet show at Christmas.
Anne Stuart | 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.
Spacious Hall, New Tech
Birnam Arts = Community Heart
Simon Yearsley | 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.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
My alternative office, my morning cup of coffee, the place where we run our workshops, meet friends, come to concerts ... Without Birnam Arts our community would lose a bit of its soul.
Jamie Jauncey | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020