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Stagecraft Workshop – still a few places remaining

11.00am – 3.00pm, Saturday 7th May 2016

Wilton Lodge Park (bandstand area), Hawick

The Wilton Lodge Park regeneration project will be hosting a free training event for anyone interested in learning how to run a simple PA. This will be combined with a workshop with local musicians wanting to learn about working with a PA, sound checks and general stage presence. Local sound engineers Scott Mitchell and Dave Coyle will offer a hands-on workshop on setting up and running a basic PA from 11:00am to 12:30pm and then participants will be able to work with musicians with a practical experience. CABN Advocate and Sound Cycle coordinator James Mackintosh will be working with the musicians from 12.30pm to 15.00pm. 

This is a free workshop.  To book your place please email Gordon Webber at  

 For more information please have a look at the Wilton Lodge Park Facebook page.

Life Drawing at the Haining

6.30pm – 9.00pm, Tuesdays, 10th May 2016 – 28th June 2016

The Haining, Selkirk 

These are untutored sessions with a mixture of both male and female models in a friendly setting by the log fire.  There’s no one to judge you, but help is always on hand if needed.  The evening will start with quick poses 2, 5 and 10 minutes up to the break, then a long one afterwards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Bring your own materials, boards and a few easels are available on a first come first served basis.

Sessions cost £10 each or £70 for all 8.

For more information please visit the Facebook page.

Borders Writers Forum – Talk based on Blood Red Heart by Douglas Morrison

7.30pm – 9.15pm, Thursday 19th May 2016

The Trinity Cente, Holy Trinity Church, Melrose 

BWF member Douglas Morrison discusses his book 'Blood Red Heart'.  A novel about the rise of the Douglases in the 14th century from the lowly barons to the most powerful family in Scotland.  

Borders Writers' Forum aims to raise the profile of contemporary local writers in the Scottish Borders. It provides an opportunity to network and professional development support through readings, workshops and open mic events. 

Admission is free to BWF members, £3.00 for non-members.  All welcome.

Art in Space

6.00pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 26th May 2016

Kielder Observatory 

Enjoy a visit to the award winning Kielder Observatory to attend a special event created for the visual arts community. 

Whether you’re confident about our place in the universe, or eager to learn about the hidden wonders that lie amongst the stars this specialised event gives artists and creatives a friendly environment amongst like-minded individuals to find inspiration for their practise within the context of a scientific establishment. 

During the event there will be ample opportunity for hands on experience with our excellent array of telescopes and equipment, with astronomers on hand to answer all those Space related questions. 

 To complement the night Art Director Sam Cornwell has curated a presentation detailing artists in history who have been inspired by Space and appropriated the skies as a function of their art.

Please go along to ‘Art in Space’ and experience an atmosphere free of light pollution, but full of energy that’s unlike anywhere else in the UK 

For more information please visit the Kielder Observatory website

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


Arts & Business Scotland – New Training Dates Added: 

Introduction to Fund Raising

9.30am – 4.30pm, Thursday 8th September 2016

Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh   

This one day course is aimed at individuals in Arts and Culture organisations who are new to or starting to fund raise and wish to build their knowledge, skills and confidence.  

For more information and to book please visit the Arts & Business Scotland website.

Introduction to Sponsorship 

11.00am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 12th October 2016

Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh  

This seminar is aimed primarily at those who have no or very little sponsorship experience. It is also a great refresher for those who need reminding of the basic principles and practice of this area of fundraising within the arts sector.

For more information and to book please visit the Arts & Business Scotland website

Telling it Like it is – Effective Copywriting

10.45am – 4.15pm, Thursday 13th October 2016

Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh  

Using copywriting skills to build an effective case for support. 

This one-day training session is aimed at all individuals, regardless of their existing skills or experience, who need to develop a case for support for their project or cause. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques and critical theory, the training session explores the five stages of the copywriting process in the context of putting together an effective case for support. 

For more information and to book please visit the Arts & Business Scotland website. 


Cultural Enterprise Office – Chief Executive

Deadline for applications:  12.00 noon, Thursday 26th May 2016

 The Board of the Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO) seeks a visionary new Chief Executive to lead this unique business support and development organisation serving the creative sector.

For more than a decade CEO has been a leading provider of business support to the cultural and creative sectors in Scotland, delivering high quality advice, information and other services to thousands of creative practitioners and micro-enterprises across the country. 

At this key point in the life of CEO, they are seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation as they mark a new course, building on work in the past but most importantly looking forward and creating new initiatives to support a raft of creative clients in building and developing successful practices and businesses. 

After 18 months of organisational change, the Chief Executive will be responsible for strategic and entrepreneurial leadership as well as developing ambitious plans for the future.

The suitable candidate will be a highly motivated individual with proven leadership and change management experience. With a passion for and knowledge of the creative sector, you will be a brilliant communicator, skilled at forging and maintaining strategic relationships and partnerships. You will be confident, and lead and develop your team to maximise the opportunities you create. 

More information can be found on the CEO website or email

RSA Open Exhibiton 2016 – Call to Artists

Deadline for applications:  5.00pm, Wednesday 1st June 2016 

The RSA Open Exhibition has a long history of celebrating the best of contemporary practice. After having been part of the RSA Annual Exhibition for over 180 years, it now enjoys its own slot in the RSA Calendar. Drawing from artists across the whole of Scotland and beyond, this exhibition showcases around 400 works annually and features a wide range of small and medium sized works (max. 80cm in any direction) selected through open submission including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs. 

This year the RSA Open Exhibition will be back in the entire RSA Lower Galleries and will be on throughout the world famous Edinburgh Festival (Exhibition Dates: 16th July 2016 – 30th August 2016, Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 12.00 noon – 5.00pm).  

For more information, including registration procedures and deadlines please visit the RSA website.




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