September/October Events from CABN



Cultural Forum – October Gathering – Last chance to book!

6.00pm – 8.00pm, Friday 30th September 2016

WASPS Artist Studios, Level Crossing Road, 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.  It comes together informally on a monthly basis in different locations linked to a key cultural event in the area and provides a social get together, a discussion, and a lively cultural experience.


Following on from two very enjoyable and productive meetings in August and September; this sixth gathering of the Forum ties in with Selkirk WASPS annual open studios on 1st and 2nd October.   

There is no formal agenda for Cultural Forum gatherings, with the discussion being driven by those attending and it is a chance to meet, exchange and share information and focus on particular topics which emerge.  The meeting will begin with short presentations from Fergus Watson, Tourism Business Adviser at Business Gateway, Mary Morrison, in her role as a WASPS artist and Mark Timmins who will talk about Creative Coathanger.  


If anyone has any particular topics or items they would like to bring to the discussion at the October Gathering, please email them to Kay McCluskey at the address below .


A light buffet and teas and coffees will be available.


To attend the October Gathering please RSVP by emailing or telephone 01450 360441 no later than 12.00noon on Wednesday 28th September 2016.  


For more information please visit the CABN website.



PechaKucha Night Galashiels Vol 4 – Speakers Announced!!

7.00pm - 9.00pm, Thursday 6th October 2016

MacArts, Bridge Street, Galashiels


After the roaring success of Vol 3, we are hosting our next PechaKucha Night Galashiels and everyone is welcome to come along, listen and be inspired by a series of presentations by Borders based designers, makers and shakers!   The event is free, and the bar is open from 7.00pm with presentations starting at 7.30pm.   This is an informal evening, with time to mingle and chat.  


You don’t need to book, but our events are getting busier every time, so it would be great if you could let us know you’re coming so we can arrange seating. Contact or call Kay on 01450 360 441.  You can also text Mary Morrison on 07789 944993.


We have a fantastic mix of presenters confirmed for the night.  You can view all the details on the event, along with the presenters profiles on our PechaKucha City page or visit the CABN website.  You can also watch presentations from previous PechaKucha nights on the Galashiels city page.


PechaKucha Night Galashiels Vol 4 is part of the ‘Creative Coathanger’ festival happening in and around Galashiels.  For more info on Creative Coathanger visit the website.



South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards - Develop Your Creative Practice! 

6.30pm – 8.15pm, Monday 10th October 2016

Room 205, Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick


Have you a creative idea to develop your practice? Do you need to undertake new research work? Is there a collaborative opportunity on the horizon? Do you require essential equipment to ensure project delivery? Could you benefit from specialist mentoring support? Are you interested to see how this scheme could support your practice?…


…Then come along to find out more about the South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards at an informal event where you will:

  • get an overview of the award scheme and see examples of work that has been supported to date
  • hear about the criteria for the fund and receive top tips if you are thinking of applying for the next round 
  • hear from two previous recipients of the awards:    designer/maker Sarah Taylor and visual artist Niall Campbell.   Sarah and Niall will talk about how the award helped to develop their practice, and (both having also had applications turned down) will also talk about how to deal with being turned down for funding and how to respond to feedback.


CABN (Live Borders), along with Creative Scotland and partners Dumfries and Galloway Council,  DG Unlimited and Upland,  are currently running the 2016-17 South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards, with the next deadline for applications on Monday 24th October.  We strongly recommend potential applicants to the awards seek guidance before applying so this event will be of interest to anyone who is thinking of applying, and will also be of general interest to artists and makers in terms of developing practice, and seeking support to do so.  


There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.


The event will be hosted by Mary Morrison, Leader, Creative Arts Business Network (CABN).  Stephen Palmer, Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland, will also be attending, and will give an overview of the award scheme nationally and Creative Scotland’s priorities for the scheme and working with regional partners.


Sarah Taylor and Niall Campbell, as well as being practitioners, are also CABN Advocates for Crafts and Visual Arts respectively.


To book your place please contact Kay McCluskey on or call 01450 360441 by 12.00 noon on Thursday 6th October 2016.


Teas and coffees will be provided.


For more information please visit the CABN website.



Dancing Light Gallery – Jewellery Evening 

7.00pm – 9.00pm, Saturday 1st October 2016

Whitmuir, near West Linton 


This is an opportunity to meet some of The Dancing Light Gallery’s Jewellers. Enjoy a glass of wine while you browse the jewellery and chat with Dianne King and other makers, who will be delighted to discuss their techniques and designs with you. 


Current exhibiting Jewellers are Dianne King, Linda Lewin, Robin Kinsman Blake, Jacqui Brazier, Jane Fenna, Julie Harvey, Lynda Hassin, Miya Hayes, Stephanie Hopkins, Amanda Johnson, Jill Lawrence, Angela Learoyd, Meryl Lusher, Katrina Martin, Laura Moore, Miranda Peckitt, Moira Pedreschi, Pixalum, Kate Rhodes, Lisa Rothwell Young, Liz Samways and Angie Young.  Not all Jewellers are able to attend on the night but their jewellery will be on display,


While you are there why not have a look at all the other art on display too including the 'Connections Exhibition', showcasing paintings by Andy Cross, Carol Taylor and Kim Redpath.


For more information please contact The Dancing Light Gallery on or call 01968 660200 or visit the website.



Moving Image Makers Collective & Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival Screening – Off the Peg 

7.00pm – 10.00pm, Sunday 2nd October 2016

Mac Arts, Galashiels


An evening of short films from members of The Moving Image Makers Collective. Also showing a wonderful 1978 archive film "Romance of Cashmere" about the Dawson International textile mill in Hawick (now owned by Chanel), directed by Terence Donovan, and a special screening of Jacques Perconte's remarkable hour long film "Ettrick", a film that interrogates the Scottish Borders' unique heritage: sheep farming; fabrics; the woollen mill tradition; and our unique landscapes, all rendered in an impressionistic arc of colour and movement. 


Tickets cost £3.00 and are available on the door.


Doors open 6.45pm.


Part of the Everything Creative Festival 2016.



Wide Open – Quest for Merlin 

From 9.30am, Sunday 2nd October 2016

Meet at Station Car Park, Moffat


‘Quests & Retreats’, was launched in May as a new Wide Open venture connecting the arts, landscape, well-being, history and mythology of South West Scotland.  Quests & Retreats is offering “uplifting escapes” to various locations in Dumfries & Galloway, with creative and outdoor experiences, and inspiring talks from some leading lights in the arts and sciences.


Wide Open invite you to join them for an imaginative Quest exploring the epic Merlin story which is embedded into the landscape of South Scotland, and endorsed by many historians and authors. You will explore the landscape where Merlin lived as a wild man of the forest and then return to the battlefield which was possibly the root cause of his madness. Discussion, stories, poetry, stunning landscapes and healing water.

After spending nearly six months exploring the landscapes of the Merlin stories on foot, author Justin K Prim has become intimately familiar with the legends of Merlin and their historical roots. Taking you on a journey back in time, Justin will present some of original Merlin stories that have now become romanticized in our cultural history and share his experience of using the sacred Merlin sites as a path of personal pilgrimage. Dr Jan Hogarth, a environmental artist born in these hills, will explore how the Merlin story is embedded into the landscape of Annandale where she grew up and pose questions about the relevance of the Merlin story today. 


The costs for this quest is £40.00.


For more information including how to book please visit the website.



One to One Professional Development Planning for Writers with Creative Coach Philippa Johnston

Session slots 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Saturday 15th October 2016



Are you keen to make 2016 your year for moving forward as a writer? 


Professional development planning with Philippa Johnston offers an opportunity to step back for a moment from the hurly burly of daily life and spend some time reflecting on where you want to get to as a writer, with the help of someone experienced, impartial and supportive. You’re in charge – Philippa’s role is to help you to define and prioritize your goals, explore options and then map out a plan of action. Philippa is an accredited coach and her coaching practice is informed by her work specialising in writer development with NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and her 30 years of experience working in the arts sector in Scotland and England.


Cost: £35 for an individual two-hour session or £65 if you’d like to book a follow-up session as well.  Also available: a face-to-face session followed by two half-hour coaching sessions by Skype/telephone £50


For further information and to book a session, email Philippa Johnston on or call her on 01337 842513.


Sessions also available across Scotland at other times during 2016. 



Have Craft Will Travel….

A Symposium on the Benefits and Opportunities Afforded by International Exchange and Partnerships

10.30am – 5.45pm, Saturday 15th October 2016

The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride


This event supports ‘Naked Craft’ a multi-facetted project and exhibition of contemporary craft by 22 makers from Canada and Scotland, curated by Dr  Juliette MacDonald and Arno Verhoeven, Edinburgh College of Art, in collaboration with Denis Longchamps, Art Gallery of Burlington; Professor Sandra Alfoldy, NSCAD University; and Emma Quin, CEO, Craft Ontario. 


The symposium aims to illustrate some of the many opportunities available to artists and craftspeople to expose, promote and sell their work, as well as how connections and dialogue with organisations and makers can be initiated and established on an international level.


The event has been generously supported by Craft Town Scotland, with funding from Creative Scotland. Entrance is free but there will be a modest charge of £8.00 per head for a buffet lunch and refreshments, payable at the door. 


For more information and to request a booking form please email






Sensing Place – Scottish Borders Call Out 

10.30am – 2.00pm, Wednesday 28th September 2016, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Friday 7th October 2016 and 10.30am – 2.00pm Monday 10th October 2016

Room 205, Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick

Come and be part of Sensing Place - a new arts project bringing together archive film and storytelling to explore the stories of the Borders.  Participants will take an active part in three hands-on workshops led by three Scottish artists: a filmmaker, a storyteller and a film curator.  The workshop activity will culminate in the creation of a live community screening event taking place in the Borders in October 2016. Sensing Place is funded by Creative Scotland and the BFI's Britain on Film programme, and led by creative producers Andrew Ormston and Shona Thomson in collaboration with local partners CABN and Alchemy Film and Arts.

Participants are asked to attend all three workshops taking place at Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick on:

  • 10.30am – 2.00pm, Wednesday 28th September
  • 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Friday 7th October
  • 10.30am – 2.00pm, Monday 10th October 

Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea/coffee refreshments will be provided.

For the first workshop, please bring along an item meaningful to you, relating to your place, to share with the group.  This could be a photograph, written material or a memory, story or song.  In the workshop, there will be stories, archive film clips and discussion about your place, your memories and hopes, past, present and future relating to the Borders.  All contributions most welcome!

Please register for the workshops by contacting Kay McCluskey on or call 01450 360441 by 12.00noon on Tuesday 27th September.



Creative Scotland – Literature Officer 

Closing date for applications:12.00noon, Friday 30th September 2016


Creative Scotland are looking for a Literature Officer to join them and support their work in the context of their 10-year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan.  You will be an active member of the Literature team and will assess and make recommendations on a range of funding applications, projects and funding. You will also be expected to lead on a number of different projects and support the wider work of the Literature Team across a variety of different programmes.  


The person appointed will work closely with cultural organisations and other key stakeholders to support the delivery of Creative Scotland’s work in literature and publishing.


The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of project management and good knowledge of literature and publishing across Scotland. You will have demonstrable experience and knowledge of the literature sector, experience of readership and/or literature development including experience of working with a wide and diverse range of writers and literature professionals.


You will also be able to demonstrate experience in carrying out detailed assessments of proposals and producing clear reports and recommendations. Experience and understanding of the arts in Scotland, combined with strong interpersonal skills is essential. Experience of managing evaluation and monitoring processes is desirable but not essential, as is the ability to develop and establish partnerships both at home and abroad, and demonstrate commitment to our core values.


This is a full time post based in Edinburgh.  For more information please visit the Creative Scotland website.



Traverse Theatre – Open Script Submissions 

Closing date for submissions: Friday 30th September 2016


Last year a brilliant play called Milk by Ross Dunsmore arrived in the Traverse office, sent in during open submissions window.  This Festival it’s been on the Traverse stage.


Now the Traverse Theatre want YOUR bold, brilliant, innovative new play. They want to know what you have to say about the world now - where we're going, what consumes us, what matters. 


For more information and details on how to submit your play please visit the Traverse Theatre website.



Playwrights’ Studio Scotland – Mentoring Programme 

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm, Monday 3rd October 2016


Every year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland selects at least six aspiring or emerging playwrights for a six month programme of mentoring, by established playwrights, to support the development of new plays. This is an opportunity to improve playwriting skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process and profession.


Playwrights' Studio organises a collective table reading for all the selected playwrights, working with a professional director and actors. They will also organise at least one theatre trip during the six months, as well as supporting workshops and other opportunities to meet theatre and other industry professionals.


For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland website.



Visual Arts Scotland – Fly 2016

Open Submissions 2016 

Deadline for submissions:  5.00pm, Monday 10th October 2016


Visual Arts Scotland’s Open Submission exhibition offers the opportunity for emerging and established contemporary artists, designers and craft makers, members and non-members to showcase new and unseen work in Scotland’s flagship exhibiting venue.  


The title of the 2016/17 annual exhibition is Fly which launches on 3rd December in the upper galleries of the National Galleries of Scotland Academy Building on the Mound in Edinburgh.


For more information and details on how to apply please visit the VAS website.



Emerge 2017 

Closing date for applications:  5.00pm, Monday 17th October 2016


For 2017, Upland is offering two Young Artists Bursaries for artists and makers originally from or with a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. Upland will offer a mentoring programme with an established practitioner in a related discipline, £1000 to fund the creation of new work, and funded and automatic entry into Spring Fling 2017 (27th – 29thMay 2017).

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate, postgraduate or final year student from a UK art school* 
    (Applications will be considered from graduates of Dumfries & Galloway College HND Art & Design Course).
  • Demonstrate a connection to Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
  • Have graduated within the last 3 years
  • Be 25 years old or under by 30 June 2017
  • Be available for 15 - 20 days mentoring with a matched mentor between January - September 2017
  • Be available to create new work to show Spring Fling Open Studios 2017. You should be in attendance in a temporary 'open studio' space from 10.30am - 5.30pm each day over 27, 28 and 29 May 2017**

*please note, final year students must be available to spend at least 15 full days in Dumfries and Galloway with their Mentor between January - September 2017 and should be available to show their new work in Dumfries and Galloway during Spring Fling 27 - 29 May 2017. 

**Bursary recipients are strongly encouraged to take part in Spring Fling but in exceptional circumstances an alternative showcase may be considered.

For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Upland website.



Hidden Door 2017 – Visual Art Call for Proposals 

Closing date for submissions:  Tuesday 1st November 2016


The Hidden Door Festival is now inviting proposals from Visual Artists wishing to contribute to its Visual Art Programme. The Call for Proposals for Poets/Writers, and Theatre Practitioners will be released soon.


Hidden Door 2017 will take place from 26th May – 4th June 2017 in an as-yet undisclosed disused site in Edinburgh. The festival will see the empty buildings transformed into live music venues, theatre spaces, bars, a cinema, and a multitude of art exhibition and installation spaces.


Hidden Door is a not-for-profit arts organisation entirely run by volunteers. It aims to put on a festival every year in a disused space in Edinburgh in order to provide an opportunity for creative practitioners based in Scotland at all stages of their career to try out ambitious projects that will develop their practice and reach an extensive audience. Through selecting and curating a wide range of projects in unusual spaces, Hidden Door aims to create a dynamic and engaging audience experience for the public and help them get to know the high quality creative work being produced on their doorstep.

Hidden Door welcomes applicants from anywhere, however it is their remit to prioritise work by Scottish-based artists or work that is connected to Scottish contemporary culture.


The entire festival programme will consist of both an open call for the Selected Artists Programme, and an Invited Programme, which will be curated and scheduled together.


  • For further information and details of how to submit your proposal please visit the Hidden Doors website.



Saving and Sharing WWI Borders Poetry 

Closing date for submissions:  Thursday 1st December 2016


Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI is inviting you to submit your poetry inspired by the Borders’ experience of the First World War. 


Entry forms can be collected from any Scottish Borders Library or by emailing a request to  The three winning poets will receive a £20 book token and their entries will be included in an upcoming exhibition of Borders WWI poetry. 


The competition is open to all those over 16 years of age and currently residing in the Scottish Borders.  


Be inspired at a free poetry workshop:

Peebles Library, 10.00am – 12.00noon, Thursday 3rd November 2016

Kelso Library Contact Centre, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Tuesday 15th November 2016


Or discover the Scottish War Poets at a free talk by Alasdair Hutton:

Melrose Library, 7.00pm, Monday 7th November 2016


You can book your free place by contacting the Library/Library Contact Centre or by calling Library Headquarters 01750 726400. 


For Library contact details or for more information on the Saving and Sharing project see:





Arts & Business Scotland Awards – Nominations Open

Deadline for nominations:  12.00 midnight, Friday 30th September 2016


There is still time to submit your nominations for the 30th Arts & Business Scotland Awards which will be held in Glasgow in March 2017.  The annual event celebrates outstanding collaborations between the business and cultural sectors.


Categories are:

  • People
  • Placemaking
  • Innovation
  • Enterprise
  • International
  • Business Creativity
  • Enterprising Museum
  • Fundraising Excellence


For more information and details on how to make a nomination please visit the Arts & Business Scotland website.



Arts Marketing Association Survey

Deadline for submissions:  5.00pm, Friday 14th October 2016


Please spare a few moments to share your insights and ideas with a survey being conducted by the AMA (Arts Marketing Association) to enhance support for arts, cultural and heritage organisations throughout Scotland. 


It’s a chance for you to have your say and help shape the sector. Whether you are based at a small arts organisation or national museum, at the start of your career or a senior professional, your perspective is extremely valuable and will go towards informing the AMA’s future programme, resources and networking opportunities.


Please complete the survey here:


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