So, they have gone now. All summer, I sat with these beautiful pieces of artwork, admiring them and mulling over the stories behind each one. My life feels so much richer for having met so many wonderfully talented and open-hearted people, who were willing to share their strengths into the mix. Running the project confirmed […]
At Birkhill House recently launched a new series of “donation only” workshops. At the risk of undervaluing the provision of crafting tuition, I took the decision for a number of reasons. Firstly, and most obviously, I would like to encourage participation. I genuinely feel that if everyone crafted, the world would be a better place. […]
There are some bits of rubbish that are definitely harder than others to keep out of landfill. I’ve made bunting out of shopping bags, garden ties out of plastic bottles and all sorts of things out of scrap paper. Until now I’ve never really given the humble crisp packet a lot of thought. That’s all […]
I feel like I need to tie up the loose ends from the last post before lockdown. The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival was cancelled at the beginning of lockdown, and with it the three projects I wrote about in February that were being funded by the Joint Health Improvement Team at Scottish Borders Council […]
I am so excited to be able to announce that we have three programme submissions for this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF): a 24-hour sponsored paint-a-thon, a project called ‘My Frame of Mind’, which will explore the festival’s theme of ‘perspectives’, and an up-cycling craft day, ‘Plastic Fantastic’. All three will be happening […]
Lara Armitage is a staunch advocate of the therapeutic benefit of being around animals and is keen to practise what she preaches.
First year students at Scottish Borders College, led by Gert Riddell, Lecturer in Animal Care, visited At Birkhill House one autumnal morning and didn’t want to leave!
We’ve got lots of exciting developments planned, watch this space!
The process of making Birkhill into a place that meshed with our own vision going forward has not been easy but we have managed to make it into a place that we feel is worth sharing.