We Need Your Help...
COVID-19 has, at a stroke, removed all income from sell out shows, conferences, parties, weddings and other private functions for the foreseeable future. These large scale events help to subsidise our arts programme and allow us to hire out our venue to community groups at a greatly discounted rate.
We have reopened our Cafe and Gift Shop on a limited basis but without the lost income from these larger events, we will struggle to make it through the winter months and there is a real risk that Birnam Arts may have to close its doors, for good.
How COVID-19 has affected us..
In late March we closed the doors to Birnam Arts. Since then, our entire Arts Programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy, exhibitions and workshops have been cancelled or postponed, our exhibition spaces were shut, and the Foyer Café and Potter’s Junction shop closed. In addition to this, all community groups, conferences and room hires were cancelled and our staff were furloughed. All our vital income streams dried up overnight.
On July 10th, we were finally able to reopen our doors to the community on a limited basis. Since reopening, our Café has been able to respond to the changing landscape and so far, has made enough to keep itself afloat. We hope this continues.
As we emerge from lockdown, it’s clear that Birnam Arts will not be able to host our usual Arts Programme, conferences and private functions until at least April 2021. This income makes it possible to programme the range of interesting and exciting year-round events which Birnam Arts is known and loved for.
We’re slowly getting back on our feet but, without your support, it is a very real possibility that Birnam Arts will have to close its doors permanently this winter.
We will no longer be able to present the year-round programme of live performances or be the thriving community hub of Birnam and Dunkeld that you all know and love.
Already, we have applied to a variety of funders for support but we are still predicting shortfall of around £30K to make it until April 2021.
(It costs around £10K a month to run Birnam Arts even if we’re closed, and that figure will increase over the winter months).
How Can You Help?
Support Our Crowdfunder Campaign!
All funds raised will go directly towards keeping the venue alive until we can kickstart our larger gatherings again in 2021. Our hope is that once we reopen our doors fully, we can get back to the business of showcasing a brilliant programme of music, performance, art, events, room hires and the much-loved community groups in early 2021 and beyond! We have some fantastic rewards to offer in return for your donations, with new ones being released throughout the campaign.
Rewards for your donations...
£5 | Hi-5 | A socially distanced hi-5 and special thank you from everyone at Birnam Arts
£10 | Coffee & Cake for 1 | Donate £10 or more and treat yourself to a hot drink of your choice alongside an indulgent treat from our range of home baked cakes...
£20 | Coffee & Cake for 2 | Donate £20 or more and treat yourself and a pal to a gorgeous, hot cup of tea or coffee and slice of cake, or a scone or even a mouthwatering Stewart Tower Ice Cream...
£750 | First Come First Served | 'A Day with the Fishes' | Donate £750 or more and be the proud patron of a fishing retreat on the River Tay. You will be a guest for two nights at the newly renovated 'Tay House Sporting Lodge' in Dunkeld, AND, accompanied by the ghillie, you will fish on a boat on the Burnmouth beat. Generously donated by The Tayhouse.
£50 | Beatrix Potter Bundle | Receive a family day pass to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, alongside an exclusive selection of Beatrix Potter items featuring your favourite characters! (Collection only.)
£200 | Arting in the Art Studio | Run a workshop, develop your practice, or, gift time and space to an artist you know with two 8 hour sessions and use of the Art Studio.
£500 | Hire the Venue | Exclusive use of the venue for one evening, including the main hall, for a private function of 100 people or more, on reopening (weddings excluded).
New rewards will be updated throughout the campaign so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to hear about them. There are some cracking, highly exclusive and beautifully desirable rewards from local businesses that we can't wait to share!
Limited edition rewards that have already SOLD OUT super, super fast:
£450 | First Come First Served | GONE! One year's coffee at Aran Bakery; 2 x Future Tickets at Birnam Arts; and, £75 worth of Tippermuir Books. There was only 1 available, now pledged!
£20 | Launch Lunch | GONE! Donate by 10pm on Thursday and get your lunch for free on Friday 18th! Choose from the menu of delicious drinks, mains and desserts. There were 4 available, now pledged and already devoured!