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About Us

Since the formation of Woodend Arts in 1994, the Barn has grown into the leading multi-arts organisation in North East Scotland. We nurture and celebrate creativity in all its forms, showcasing innovative, informative and entertaining artistic work all year round – allowing local audiences to benefit from high quality events without travelling for miles whilst also drawing audiences in from further afield.

We aim to be a world-class arts organisation, pushing the boundaries of all art forms while celebrating our environment, and working with our communities, volunteers and artists to be one of the leaders in arts development in Scotland. We serve our communities and audiences by delivering an outstanding programme of arts events and workshops. We place creative learning at the heart of our work and we provide a cultural heart in Aberdeenshire.

We believe that the arts can transform individuals and communities. We want to empower people through the arts – to learn and grow, to be challenged, to have life-changing experiences. Our education and outreach work is therefore as important to us as our events programme.

The Barn is run by Woodend Arts Limited, a not for profit company, limited by Guarantee, and a Scottish registered charity.

Woodend Arts operates as a network with high levels of voluntary input and collaborative decision-making. Engagement with our communities is intrinsic to the way we work. You can find out more in the Our Team section.

Our outreach programme delivers workshops and events in locations across Deeside, such as Tarland and Braemar; bringing small communities closer to high quality art experiences. Find out more in our Beyond the Barn section.

The Barn is also home to Buchanans Bistro, sound and North East Arts Touring (NEAT).