Through her paintings and drawings Jos Mahon shares with us her journey of nearly 1400 miles between Land's End and John o' Groats. Recording the changing landscape and weather as she headed north from the dramatic South West coast of England through to the rugged Scottish Highlands, this body of work showcases how Mahon’s creative practice is intertwined with her passion for and relationship with the landscape she encounters. Mahon describes walking and painting in wild and remote places as being ‘as natural as breathing’ and through her acts of mark making and visual journalling, she takes us with her amidst this great adventure. With her we experience the rise and fall of the path, the constant movement of the sea, the misty mornings and stunning sunsets. We watch the country change as she walks north and feel her rising excitement at the approach of the wildness and drama of the Highlands. We experience remote camping places beside rushing rivers and among towering mountains, sensing her elation as finally, the end is in sight – ‘the sea, the sea!’.
Jos Mahon originally trained as a sculptor gaining a BA Hons in Fine Art in 1974 and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art in 1976 from Newcastle University Mahon was awarded the Boise Travelling Scholarship (used to visit West coast of Ireland and the Isle of Arran) in 1976. In the following years Mahon exhibited large scale landscape inspired sculpture in many group and solo shows across the North of England, including Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, and within London.
During the following years Mohon turned to painting, still looking to the rugged landscape as her source of inspiration. Frequent expeditions to Scotland's remote islands, including St Kilda and Shetland's Northern Isles, gave rise to a passionate and powerful body of coast based work, while trekking expeditions in Nepal, Greenland and New Zealand inspired a dramatic series of mountain drawings and paintings.
Recent projects continue to combine Mahon’s passion for walking and working outdoors; responding to land, sea and sky.
Mahon has published two books about her 4 month trek of nearly 1400 miles she made across the UK from Land's End to John o' Groats with her husband and their our faithful canine companion Barney. The first, Barney's Long Walk, is based on Mahon’s diary and follows her journey north. The book includes many colour photographs of the landscape she experienced along with a selection of the paintings from her second book. The second, Painting on the End to End Trail, contains 134 paintings selected from a total of over 280 made during the trek.
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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!
As a past Chairman of Tayside NADFAS/Arts Society, I have enjoyed so many of our lectures in Birnam's wonderful hall and the hospitality which has accompanied it.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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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.
We really enjoy visiting the Arts Centre when we are walking in the Birnam area, and our family loved the Puppet show at Christmas.
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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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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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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
Birnam Arts is a unique venue, contributing enormously to many aspects of our lives - social, cultural, educational.
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