CABN Bulletin


 Cultural Forum – May Gathering

6.15pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday 4th May 2016 (preceded by a tour at 5.30pm of the Scotstyle Exhibition at Bowhill House)

Bowhill House, Selkirk

 The Scottish Borders Cultural Forum supports the work of the local cultural sector by creating a space for networking, sharing concerns, ideas and resources and finding solutions to common problems.  The Cultural Forum will come together informally on a monthly basis in different locations in the Scottish Borders,  to provide a social get together, a discussion, and a lively cultural experience!

This is the second gathering of the Forum and will be preceded by a tour of the Festival of Architecture 2016 Scotstyle Touring Exhibition for those who can make it along for 5.30pm. 

There will be no formal agenda for the gathering, but rather the Forum will start to develop some key topics and possible presentations to invite to future gatherings.  Notes from the April Gathering at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival will shortly be uploaded to the Cultural Forum page, and if anyone has any particular topics or agenda items, please email them to Kay McCluskey at the address below. 

To attend the May Gathering please RSVP by emailing or telephone 01450 360441 no later than 9.00am on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.  A light buffet will be provided - please advise when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

For more information please visit the CABN website 

Acoustic Kirk Sessions presents Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

7.30pm, Friday 29th April 2016

Denholm Church on the Green 

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is comprised of Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland). They represent the fruitful fiddling traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. They play traditional pieces and original compositions, and exemplify the distinct sounds of and cultural ties among the people of the North Atlantic rim. 

Olav is an award-winning musician who is also a member of the celebrated band Sver and widely recognised as one of Norway’s finest fiddle players; Anders, also a member of Sver, is one of Sweden’s leading fiddle players across a wide range of styles; and Kevin, one of Shetlands best fiddle players, is a member of such bands as Boys of the Lough, Fiddlers’ Bid and Session A9.

This event costs £10 to attend.  Please book your place by texting 07935357542



10.00am – 4.00pm, Saturday 30th April 2016 – Sunday 8th May 2016

The Haining, Selkirk

An exhibition showcasing contemporary glass art including a selection of work from the Reflections Residency.

For more information on events please see the attached poster

Reflections is part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and the Borders Science Festival.

Real Wood Studios Spring Show

10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 30th April 2016 – Monday 2nd April 2016

Monteviot Nurseries, Ancrum, Jedburgh

In association with Art @ Ancrum, Real Wood Studios are holding their Spring Show this weekend.  Go along to see new furniture and wood works, there will be workshop tours, discounted timber sales and 10% off all fireplace mantels. 

For more information contact Real Wood Studios on 01835 830767 or, or visit the website 

Exhibition – John Taylor:  A Retrospective

Private Viewing: 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Sunday 1st May 2016

By Appointment:  Monday 2nd May 2016 – Sunday 29th May 2016

Zembla, Little Lindisfarne, Stirches Road, Hawick, TD9 7HF 

Zembla, a Gallery for Contemporary Art, is delighted to be showing the first of several national exhibitions celebrating the 80th birthday of the painter and printmaker John Taylor. 

John was born in Darvel, Ayrshire and is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Birmingham Polytechnic, where he learned to sceenprint. He went on to become a key figure in the promotion of contemporary Scottish art, being a cofounder of the New Charing Cross Gallery which became the Compass Gallery. John still prints and exhibits in the Glasgow Print Studio whilst his main studio is in WASPS in Glasgow’s East End. His work is held in many private and public collections throughout the UK.

The Zembla Retrospective includes a variety of work in different media from the early 1960’s to the present day; John will be present at the Private View.

For more information please contact Brian Robertson on 07843625232 or

O is for Hoolet 

7.30pm, Thursday 5th May 2016, Mac Arts, Bridge Street, Galashiels

7.30pm, Friday 6th May 2016, Eyemouth Hippodrome, Harbour Road, Eyemouth

O is For Hoolet by Ishbel McFarlane in association with Feral

Language is personal. Nothing gets closer to our hearts. And yet, by its own nature, it's always social. Who owns it? Who appoints it? Who governs it? And why?

In this one-woman show about the Scots language, Ishbel McFarlane presents collected fragments - stories, interviews, memories, characters and attitudes - to challenge and disrupt our expectations and prejudices about language. By interrogating the history of Scots, and the ways in which it is taught and subdued, the audience is invited to question the way forward for minority languages.   

Winner of The Arches Platform 18: New Directions Award 2014.



Mac Arts – Tickets cost £9/£7.  Call 01896 756852, website

Eyemouth Hippodrome – Tickets cost £8/£6.  Call 01890 750099, website 

Voluntary Arts Week 2016

Friday 6th May 2016 – Sunday 15th May 2016

Voluntary Arts Week (6-15 May 2016) is an annual celebration of participation in cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.  Voluntary Arts Week is a series of events showcasing the nations’ creativity run by Voluntary Arts with support from Spirit of 2012, an independent trust that funds projects that empower people to get out, be involved and feel better.

This year’s programme is made up of a wide variety of creative and cultural events run by groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes.  For more information please visit the website or Facebook page. 

Borders Railway:  Collaboration, Connectivity and Co-operation

9.30am – 1.00pm, Wednesday 11th May 2016

The Lodge, Carfraemill, Lauder, TD2 6RA 

In partnership with Scottish Borders Council, Midlothian Council and Scottish Enterprise this exciting event has been organised under the Borders Railway Tourism Development Programme. Following the launch of the Business Opportunities Guide this event focuses on the three key themes of Collaboration, Connectivity and Co-Operation. 

The Borders Railway will have a significant impact on the tourism industry within the Borders and Midlothian economies and the guest speakers will share their experiences and knowledge on the three themes. 

The aim is to build momentum with the industry and stimulate a joined up approach to delivering memorable quality tourism experiences for visitors to the regions. 

This event is free but spaces are limited, so please book your space at as soon as possible.

For last minute cancellations and up to the minute news please visit the Business Gateway Facebook page. 

Les Amis D’Onno – Sketching Experience

2.00pm – 4.00pm, Thursday 19th May 2016 – Sunday 22nd May 2016

Lanton Hill Farm, Jedburgh

A unique sketching experience with Les Amis D’Onno with horses and performers from Equestrian Theatre Scotland’s latest production “Picture Palace” (performances Thursday 12th May – Monday 16th May).

Costs are £6.00 per artist, please bring your own materials.  Refreshments will be available. 

Booking is essential please call 01835 869757. 

For more information please call or email 

Losing the Plot #4:  A Star and Shadow Film Retreat

Friday 10th June 2016 – Sunday 12th June 2016

Burnlaw Centre, Northumberland 

An unorthodox weekend of cinema in the wilderness:

LTP#4 brings to a converted barn in the North Pennines a cinematic trek from Lisbon to Moscow, considering European-ness, migration, austerity and companionship over a long weekend.
This year, it opens the inaugural Wide Skies Film Festival, a new community-programmed film festival for the Tyne Valleys, running from 10th-19th June.

New works from artist filmmakers John Smith and George Barber jostle with historical, avant-garde and activist documentaries about changing visions of Europe.  Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes' trilogy of The Arabian Nights will be presented in its entirety, with breaks for fresh meals and delicious Northumbrian air.  Urok, (The Lesson), gives an unflinching and darkly comic account of the European economic crisis.  On Sunday, the gaze will turn east, with two films about Russia, notably Herzog's Bells from the Deep, and the incredible documentary The Russian Woodpecker that follows an avant-garde performance artist in his effort to shed light on the disaster at Chernobyl.

Emphasising the collective experience of viewing that makes Cinema special, LTP revolves around camping, watching, reading, walking, discussing and eating together with a bunch of other people over a long weekend.  It is also an attempt to move thought-provoking culture into different contexts in the hope that something transformative can more easily happen.

Visit the website to book or contact  for more info 


Celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design with Alberto Alessi

6.00pm – 7.30pm, Tuesday 14th June 2016

Edinburgh College of Art

You are most warmly invited to this event, made possible with the generous support of the Italian Institute of Culture and Edinburgh College of Art. 

Alberto Alessi will be giving a presentation on the history of Alessi 1921-2016 and the phenomenon of the Italian Design Factories. This will be followed by a Q&A on the importance and significance of design.

Alberto Alessi represents the third generation of the Alessi family. He officially joined the company in 1970, the day after graduating from law school. An early task was to overhaul the corporate identity and the company’s offices.  Early collaborations with artists and sculptors such as Giò Pomodoro, Andrea Cascella, and most famously Salvador Dali, stemmed from his own personal manifesto of "offering veritable artistic items at low prices." This utopian view of design practice led Alessi to continue his collaboration with Sargiani and Helander with Programma. The concept was radically to overhaul the basic components used in table and kitchen services by creating a modular series of household items (and the series was re-launched to great acclaim in 2005).

For more information and to book please visit the RSA website.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Packard on 

Merlin Music Academy – Traditional Music Summer School 

Tuesday 9th August 2016 – Friday 12th August 2016

Station Gate, Melrose 

This annual event, now in its 5th year, runs from Tuesday 9th August to Friday 12th August 2016 inclusive and takes part in the beautiful Borders town of Melrose.

All instruments and ages are welcome including Fiddle, Voice, Guitars, Piano, Accordion, Drums/percussion (get in touch if you are not sure) for 4 days of great music, sessions, food and the opportunity to learn from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. You will be learning and playing tunes, improving your technique and invited to come up with arrangement ideas. Teaching will be mainly in mixed instrument classes but with regular break-out sessions for back line, melody players and voices.

 For more information including costs and to book please contact Merlin Music Academy on 01896 822376, by email or visit the website.


 Harestanes Glass Studio Now Open 

Unique kiln formed glass gifts including jewellery, traditional stained glass suncatchers, wall art, coasters, bowls and mirros. 

Workshops and classes in glass fusing and stained glass available on request.

Open daily 11.30am – 4.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) at Unit 4, The Craft Courtyard, Harestanes.

 For more please visit




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