For so many of us, the start of a new year is a lovely time of year to try new things, and we’d like to invite you to come in to Birnam Arts to try one or more of our great activities.
Starting on Saturday 29 January, Pilates instructor and life-long friend Vicki are joining together and offering a three-week series of CardioFUNk as a fun fundraiser for Birnam Arts. Guaranteed to raise your heartrate and health, you’ll groove along to tunes from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s right through to the current day. Visit our website, or pop into the Box Office, to buy your ticket for the series.
CardioFUNk SAT 29 January, 5 & 12 February | 10.30am – 11.30pm
Maybe you’d prefer to learn a new skill this winter. We are starting to offer Arts Workshops again. We are delighted that our first for 2022 – Introduction to Pottery – sold out quite quickly. This is encouraging as we look at future dates.
In the coming months we’ll bring a second stream of ceramics workshop to Birnam Arts, titled Exploring the Nature of Clay. The six-week course is aimed at creating expressive ceramics with minimal impact on the environment in mind, engaging with the transformational qualities of earth.
On Saturday 5 March, our 2021 Studio Artist-in-Residency recipient, Rowan Lear, asks the question: What happens if we photograph with our eyes closed and other senses opened? The experimental and playful workshop in embodied photography is titled Vegetal Light: a workshop in embodied photography.
Participants will explore with cameras the woodland around Birnam and Dunkeld, taking inspiration from the multi-sensory world of plants, before steeping and making plant-based photographic developer and processing their films. Automatic cameras and one roll of black and white film will be supplied. The day will include a lunch break. The one-day workshop will run 10am – 3pm and include time to have lunch.
From time to time, we’ll offer workshops that are made possible with funding support from Creative Scotland and Birnam Arts, allowing us to offer a sliding scale of ticket prices. We are trialling a range of different approaches and information will be available on Workshop pages as details are finalised.
As well as these special events, our ballet classes, tai chi, yoga, Heels Over Head dance, Pilates and Zumba sessions continue. The easiest way to find out what is going on is to head to our website and click on the red tab, What’s On. This will give you a menu to search for events and activities happening now and in the future.
You can search by date or by genre – are you looking for something to support your wellbeing, or a particular class? If you have a particular date in mind, you can also click on it through the calendar. And whatever main event in the auditorium is up next will show on the left-hand side of this window, and on the home page. We’ve designed the site so that there are a variety of ways you can find out what is going on.
With more classes and workshops being added regularly, you can find the latest information about what’s on, times and costs on our website: birnamarts.com
We are really proud of the range of activities on at Birnam Arts – from larger events in the Auditorium to workshops to improve your wellbeing and find a new creative outlet. We know that we’ve all had to change how we look for information in the past two years, and our website is the easiest place to find information while you are at home or out with family and friends.
We created our first contest for 2022 which invites you to dive into the website to find the answers to three specific questions. We’re offering three great prizes for you to enjoy before 30 April. By taking part, you’ll get to have a look at the new section for Beatrix Potter, play with the What’s On tab, and visit the Gift Shop page. We hope that you’ll have a look around other areas as well. This is a big step for us – our goal was to make a website that makes it easier to see current and upcoming events and activities, as well as buy tickets to a show or many of the classes.
Being here for our community is an important part of our work – and our mandate. One of the sections of the site we are slowly building is about the different community groups who use our spaces. If you are an organiser who would like to see information about your group on this page, please get in contact with Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org