Birnam Arts hosts showings of work throughout the year, comprising of solo and group exhibitions.
We work with artists and makers at varying stages of their careers, offering early career creatives their first solo exhibition as well as hosting more established artists.
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. That means that as well as supporting Scottish creatives, the exhibitions programme is thoughtfully developed to engage and inspire local audiences in Perthshire, whilst also contributing to the wider arts community in Scotland.
Our gallery programme is usually confirmed at least one year in advance following submitted project proposals from our rounds of 'Open Calls'. We are currently reviewing our Open Call process. If you would like to make sure you hear about the next Open Call, please sign up for our newsletter.
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 understand Galleries can be quite curious places to visit, so we work with the artists to ensure each installation is accessible and understandable to all our visitors. Just to the right of our Balcony Doors, you'll find the project statements to help contextualise the current exhibition.
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.
Virginia Cardwell-Moore | 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.
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.
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!
Marcus Sheridan | Google Reviews
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.
Birnam Arts = Community Heart
Simon Yearsley | 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.
We’ve always enjoyed Birnam Arts and all it has to offer - lovely venue, library and classes and a great friendly cafe.
Donella Kirkland | 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.
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
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
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
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
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