Safety Mapping exhibition showcases a series of artwork responding to the question ‘What does safety mean to you?’ In 2021 Perthshire-based artists Anna Kelso and Helen O’Brien were commissioned by local charity Gender Equality Perth to work closely with a diverse selection of community groups within Perth & Kinross, to gather insight and understanding of how individuals interact with their city environment and how their sense of safety plays a part in this. The project was officially launched during the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women in December 2021, with workshops being held with Perth Women’s Collective, Soroptomists International Perth branch, local young people and women with experience of sexual violence. The collages and drawings created by the participants during these workshops will be exhibited at Birnam Arts during May 2023, along with a film made by Anna Kelso combining animation, images of participants’ artwork and text to represent the ideas and themes emerging from the project. Kelso’s film was first exhibited in December 2022 when it was projected on the wall of St Paul's Church and Mill Street in Perth, as part of the programme for the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women 2022. Visitors to the Birnam Arts exhibition will also have an opportunity to respond personally with their own words and/or images relating to their ideas/experiences around safety by contributing to the participation wall.
Anna Kelso is an artist and designer who creates conceptual illustrations with a sharp, graphic yet feminine style. She draws inspiration from music, literature, religious iconography, the psyche and weird nature. With commissions from industries as diverse as music, hospitality, performing arts as well as many private commissions she has developed a successful client-illustrator dialogue. Her work has been described as “treading the line between beautiful and unsettling in the most delicious way” (Lynne Campbell, client). At first glance, Anna’s illustrations are accessible, yet they invite the viewer to give them, and the content they support, deeper thought.
Helen O’Brien is a visual artist and maker who sees the creative potential in materials, ideas and people. Helen values the experience of hands-on making to inform and understand what she creates and sees this as an ongoing dialogue with materials and processes. This way of working also relates to her experience as an arts coordinator organising, co-curating and facilitating creative projects with children, young people and communities.
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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!
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
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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
A lovely welcome. Keep on flourishing.
Alan Reid | Birnam Book Festival 2018
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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Lovely wee cafe with amazing service. Been here 3 times now and always notice how friendly and upbeat the staff are. The coffee and cake is top notch also. Will definitely be back the next time I head to Dunkeld!
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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.
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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.
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