‘nATURE’ is an exploration of the disembodied relationship and sense of separation we feel from the rest of nature. Through this collective of sculptural installations, Artist Talk events and workshops, ‘nATURE’ seeks to remind us of our kinship with the more-than-human. Each artist approaches the subject in a curious and insightful way from creating neologisms encapsulating this experience, curating a reference library and reading space connecting people to land, sky and sea, a collaborative composition of insect and vocal recordings, to documentation of a place sensitive performance project in the Cairngorms, nATURE offers ways to reimagine our relationship with nature,?not as a separate space but as parts of one ecosystem. Simone Kenyon (Into the Mountain), Alicia Escott and Heidi Quante (The Bureau of Linguistical Reality), Christina Riley (The Nature Library) and Katherine Fay Allan (Insect Mimicry: a call for interspecies empathy).
The Nature Library was created in 2019 as a reference library and reading space with the aim of connecting people to land, sky and sea. Rather than being an escape from the “real world”, the acts of both spending time in nature and reading a book are in fact the opposite. They demand our attention; a conscious choice to take the route into the world rather than escaping from it. Whether by painting dazzling scenes, captivating us with stories of flourishing flora and intelligent fauna, or exploring our own place amidst a changing climate, the books in The Nature Library turn our eyes to the complexities of the natural world one word at a time.
Katherine Fay Allan is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and creative facilitator based in Edinburgh. Her practice aims to encourage discussions around the human condition in conjunction with nature and technology; through emotive, honest works inspired by lived events.
Themes that are regularly present are embodiment, ecology, organic materials and therapeutic practices. Katherine produces predominantly installations composed of sculptural pieces, performance and sound works. She is interested in the cross roads between art, life sciences and philosophy. Bringing these areas of research together allows her to produce works that discuss health and illness subjectively while exploring potential outputs that provide cathartic experiences.
The Bureau of Linguistical Reality is a participatory artwork by artists Alicia Escott and Heidi Quante that collaborates with the public to create new words to describe the emotions and experiences our species is having around climate change and other Anthropogenic events. The Bureau facilitates conversations and cross pollination between diverse disciplines to identify feelings, experiences and phenomena for which no words yet exist and together coin neologisms to name and begin to collectively discuss these experiences. The Bureau sees the words created in this process as points of connectivity to further understanding, dialogue and conversations in the world about the greater climate change phenomena these words seek to codify.
Simone Kenyon is an artist, choreographer and movement practitioner. For over 20 years she has worked across theatre, performance and dance that embraces the complex interrelationships of movement, people and place.
Her approach explores ideas of expanded choreographies; encompassing dance, ecology, cultural geographies and walking arts to create events for both urban and rural contexts. Working with modes of attention, embodied knowledge and somatic sensitivity to frame audience experiences, is a key aspect within this multi lensed approach to performance making and encounters.
Her recent project Into the Mountain explored over six years the physical, cultural, social and more-than-human entanglements to mountainous environments. With a year- long programme of curated events, workshops and culminating in a site related performance experience within the Cairngorms Mountains in Northeast Scotland.
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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!
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 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.
Birnam Arts is at the heart of community life here.
Fiona Ritchie | 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.
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.
Birnam Arts is a unique venue, contributing enormously to many aspects of our lives - social, cultural, educational.
Linda Wolfe | 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)!
Stella Valvi | Google Reviews
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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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.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
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