Our Work

Sustaining Creativity - Engaging Ideas

The Barn deliver an ambitious and diverse year-round programme of performances, screenings, exhibitions, artists’ support programmes, talks, festivals, environmental learning projects and a community-focused programme of workshops, events and children’s activities that attracts around 20,000 visitors each year.   

As the only arts centre of its kind in Aberdeenshire, the Barn plays a vital role in enabling rural audiences of all ages to access high-quality arts activities and creative learning opportunities within this large geographic area.

We balance our venue-based programme with curated projects that involve a wide range of partners from other professional fields:  including academic researchers, scientists, healthcare professionals, educational specialists and ecologists, drawn from across the UK and internationally.

Our Aims are to:

  • Generate enabling conditions for creativity
  • Seek out artistic excellence
  • Facilitate access to high quality artists and arts experiences that enhance the learning, wellbeing and development of our communities
  • Foster long-term creative relationships that inform the learning, development and effectiveness of our organisation
  • Encourage environmental stewardship and sustainable practices