CABN Bulletin January 2017

Welcome to the first CABN bulletin of 2017!....


 South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2016-17 – Round Three Open for Applications!

Deadline for applications:  5.00pm, Monday 6th February 2017

 The next round of the 2016-17 South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards is now open for applications.  

 The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway.  Artists and makers are eligible to apply for awards towards the cost of developing their creative practice.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work – whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice - and to advancing their skills and ideas.  The intention is that the fund will have a significant impact on applicants creative activity, and take their practice forward.

 There is a total of £2906 available for round three of the awards.  Individual awards of up to £1,500 are available, which will assist artists and makers to develop and extend their own personal practice.  Applicants can apply for up to 90% of the total cost of their project. The applicant must fund a minimum of 10% of the project funds. 


For more information please visit the CABN website.


It is strongly recommended that you seek advice about your application – for details on who to contact please visit the CABN website.



Programme 1 – Fridays, 20th January 2017 – 10th March 2017 (Fully Booked)

Programme 2 – Fridays, 21st April 2017 – 9th June 2017

Ettrick Riverside Business Centre, Selkirk

The Capacity Building Programme – Culture and Heritage, is a key element of the Place Partnership plan developed by Creative Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders.   Place Partnership in the Borders is about supporting and strengthening the creative industries, artistic practices and cultural sector - making the sector more sustainable.

   The Capacity Building Programme will run twice in 2017, over 8 week blocks, with the first Programme starting on January 20th 2017 (fully booked).  The weekly sessions are 3 hours long, apart from one of the sessions (Introduction to Sponsorship), which is a whole day.    

 The Programme will cover:  Business Planning, Finance, Marketing, Sponsorship and The Role of the Board in Fundraising.  It  will also be a great networking opportunity - sharing and exchanging knowledge with other individuals and organisations within the cultural and heritage sector throughout the programme.

 The  Programme is open by application to individuals and organisations working in the culture/heritage sectors based in the Borders, the objectives being to:

  • Enhance individual and organisational skills sets; and
  • Encourage ambition so that participants are better placed to develop, and grow, their practices and businesses in a sustainable way in the context of a challenging climate for public funding and new and emerging ways of working across artforms and sectors.

The programme is free, and will be delivered by Business Gateway and Arts & Business Scotland.

 For more information and details on how to apply please visit the CABN website (the deadline for booking for Programme 2 is Monday 27th February 2017) .

Upland - Making Mentoring Work with Carol Sinclair

10.00am – 4.00pm, Thursday 26th January 2017

The Usual Place, Dumfries

A workshop for artists and makers exploring peer mentoring

Mentoring is a really valuable way for artists and makers to share skills, experience and knowledge, but how do you make it work for you? 

Making Mentoring Work is a full day workshop to explore the practical ways to get the most out of mentoring whether you are the mentor or the mentee (and it is possible to do both at the same time).  You will discuss what mentoring actually is, what it’s not and discuss a variety of mentoring programmes, as well as exploring the skills required to be a great mentor.  This is also an opportunity to feed into discussion around the potential to create or connect with peer mentoring networks.

The session will be delivered by ceramic artist and creative business adviser/trainer Carol Sinclair, and an experienced and enthusiastic mentoring advocate.  Carol is also a Board member of Applied Arts Scotland and all be sharing information on an exciting new Scottish wide mentoring programme and how artists and makers in D&G can get involved.  Make that New Year resolution now, and commit to being part of a mentoring programme in 2017! 

Cost is £5 for Upland members and £10 for non members.  

To book please visit Eventbrite.   

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided 


Borders Writers Forum – Eildon Tree Editors’ Perspective

7.00pm – 9.15pm, Thursday 19th January 2017

The Lesser Hall, St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells

An informative evening offering pointers on how to submit work to magazines, from method of presentation to pitfalls to avoid. Plus analysis of some published works and what made them standout. 

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. 

This event is free to Borders Writers Forum members, cost is £3.00 to non members.  All are welcome. 

For more information please visit the website 

Creative Scotland and Artworks Scotland – Is this the Best it Can be? Workshop

10.00am – 4.00pm, Wednesday 8th February 2017

Lighthouse, Glasgow

Free development day for freelance artists, arts organisations and their partners to explore the nature of their collaboration: What is important to your project? What could be improved?

If you are working with a partner organisation from another sector and are interested in continual improvement then Artworks Scotland and Creative Scotland have developed a useful toolkit to support you. 

Creative Scotland and Artworks Scotland are hosting a workshop at the Lighthouse, Glasgow for you and your partner organisation to use and explore the toolkit in the context of your artistic projects, programmes in participatory settings and in creative learning. 

The 'Is this the best it can be?' toolkit is designed to be used across a partnership, including with participants to:
• Explore and agree the nature of collaborations
• Encourage and support curiosity, questioning and constructive criticism
• Deepen reflection and give breadth to discussions
• Promote a true sense of partnership between artists, partners and participants
• Gather qualitative information about the project

The day will fully engage you in the toolkit and give you the opportunity to explore its potential in relation to your current and future collaborations. It will also be an opportunity to hear about how to apply for a grant (of up to £1500) to pilot the toolkit within your project.

For more information please visit the Creative Scotland website.

The deadline for booking is 12.00 noon on Friday 13th January 2017, for details on how to book please visit the Creative Scotland Opportunities page.  

 Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership Conference 2017

9.30am – 4.00pm, Thursday 23rd March 2017

Tower Mill, Hawick 

The conference theme for this year is: Collaboration & Connectivity : Moving the Scottish Borders Forward

 Following on from the substantial growth in tourism opportunities in the Scottish Borders, the SBTP believes that the excitement and enthusiasm within this groundswell of industry growth has huge potential. How this can be collectively harnessed will be the main focus of the Conference.

Mirroring the key areas of the National Tourism Strategy, the Conference will look at how collaboration amongst any business that has a stake in tourism is fundamental to the future growth of the region's tourism industry.  As the tourism infrastructure and industry is evolving you will be looking at how to better connect with guests, from offering them a world-class experience through to how we find them and talk to them via new digital and social channels.  

The day will provide food for thought on how local tourism businesses, can effectively embrace the themes of Collaboration & Connectivity as well as looking at the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  


Tickets cost £25.00.  For more information and to book please visit the Booking Site.


Live Borders – Rural Touring Development Officer (Temporary, Part Time)

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 18th January 2017

 We have an exciting temporary opportunity to join our team as our Rural Touring Development Officer.  The post holder will work with the Arts & Creativity Team to ensure that our rural touring programme, Borders Live Touring ,achieves artistic excellence and is delivered in accordance with funding received from Creative Scotland. You will be responsible for supporting the development and delivery of Borders Live Touring which supports volunteer promoters in a variety of venues, including village halls and community centres to present high quality professional arts performances to rural audiences.

 We are looking for someone who enjoys partnership working and collaboration and has a knowledge and understanding of the arts and cultural scene in the Scottish Borders.  The successful candidate must have excellent organisational skills as well as being creative, adaptable and enthusiastic.  

 Ideally you will educated to degree level  or have a minimum of 2 years management experience of working in an arts and cultural setting and have previous experience of project management and monitoring and evaluation processes.   

 The post is based at St Mary’s Mill in Selkirk for 21 hours a week and is temporary t0 30th April 2017.  Salary is £23000 per annum.

 If you require additional information relating to the post, please contact Lisa Denham, Arts Development Business Manager –      

 If you would like a job application pack, please contact  and quote Job Reference 0263.  The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th January 2017 

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2017 – Become a Film Festival Volunteer

Festival dates:  Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Sunday 5th March 2017 

The Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick (Scottish Borders) offers great opportunities for film enthusiasts to work as volunteers. 

By volunteering, you become an active partner in the operation of this major Hawick event, which has a strong global appeal and because the Festival cannot go ahead without the hard work and absolute dedication of volunteers, in return, you are offered: 

• The opportunity to contribute to Hawick’s cultural community, meet new people and have fun 

• Access to screenings and events at the 2017 Alchemy Film Festival (2-6 March 2017) 

• One ticket to a screening of your choice.

• Free entry to any screening that still has empty seats 5 minutes before.

• Discount (cost price) on Alchemy T-shirts and bags.

• Including your time with Alchemy on your CV.

• A special Volunteer Appreciation Event at the end of festival.

 Come along to meet the ever-expanding team of talented volunteers, staff and supporters; learn more about volunteer roles & benefits and be treated to a sneak peek at a short film from thetop secret festival programme at Heart of Hawick, on:

6.00pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday 18th January 2017

6.00pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday 9th February 2017 

Volunteer induction & training sessions are scheduled for:

6.00pm – 8.00pm, Tuesday 21st February 2017

11.00am – 1.00pm, Saturday 25th February 2017


All sessions will be held at Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick. The sessions will  give you an opportunity to meet key people who make the festival happen, pick their brains and hone your knowledge before Hawick transforms into a unique and exciting filmmaker and film-lover metropolis for the festival! 

For more information on volunteering please visit the Alchemy website.

 Please RSVP to the volunteer meetings by emailing or texting 07702 726269.


2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – Where People, Place and Myth Meet September 2017

Invitation for proposals for Borders Heritage Festival Creative Commissions, Sites and Participants

Deadline for proposals:  Friday 27th January 2017


Live Borders, Scottish Borders Council and Borders Heritage Forum invite you to submit a short proposal if you, your organisation, business or venue would like to be a partner in any of the following commissions:


  • Lighting the Borders 1st – 3rd September  The festival seeks suitable historic towers, fortifications and sites as venues to be highlighted on the opening weekend of the month long festival. The plan is to have creative interpretation at each site involving music, performance, talk and historic re-enactment with a light event which will link the venues across the Borders and draw national attention to the area.
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra will work with a leading Scottish composer and a Scottish Borders writer to explore the sense of people and place at three historical sites, houses or venues in the Scottish Borders.  Workshops will involve either a local primary school or community group.  The workshops will be held in late April or May and result in a site specific piece of music or song related to stories or history explored at the site/house or venue, to be written by the commissioned composer. This new work will be performed in September during the Heritage Festival along with a longer commission inspired by the theme to be performed by a trio and singer.  The commission for a Scottish Borders writer will be publicised when funding has been secured, probably in March 2017. The legacy will include both site specific words and music linked to the venue/house or site and enhanced engagement either by a local school or community group.
  • Early evening, historic and medieval Music performance involving the Hawick Missal Fragment, at a historic site (to be identified or suggested), by community and national choirs and singers.  This is likely to be the final weekend of the festival 29th or 30th September 2017.  Community choirs or groups of any age who would like to be involved in this finale event of the festival are invited to note their interest.  The intention is to recruit an experienced music director and supporting musicians for the performance.


Proposals from any group, organisation or business who would like to stage an event, performance or activity which could attract national attention as part of the Borders Heritage Festival, linking to the theme of “Borders- Where People, Place and Myth Meet”.


Please submit your proposal to Julie Nock, Borders Heritage Festival and Forum Coordinator, on by Friday 27th January 2017.

The Flat Car Gallery – Call out for Artists

The Flat Cat Gallery is now under the new ownership of Ralph and Lesley Christie and is on the lookout for talented artists and craftspeople who would be interested in exhibiting in 2017/2018. 

The Flat Cat Gallery was established in 1998 and is based in Lauder in the Scottish Borders. Previous exhibitions have included traditional and contemporary works including paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, furniture, and sculpture.

Featured exhibitions are changed approximately every two months and there is always an ongoing mixed exhibition.

If you would like to be considered for future exhibitions, please send approximately 6 images of your recent work along with an artist’s statement and CV if available. Please send these to Ralph or Lesley at

 The Gallery Melrose – Artists Wanted

 A brand new venue for showcasing a variety of quality art talent has been opened in the town Centre of Melrose.  Simply named ‘The Gallery Melrose’ owners Iain Loudon and David Wallace have developed the space at 23 Market Square, as a venue for selling all types of art and is currently representing  almost 30 artists from all over.  

 The venue which quietly opened its doors just in time for the Christmas season. is establishing itself as an important centre for the region and would like to hear from any artists who are keen to showcase their work.  Anyone interested in presenting their art for sale at The Gallery Melrose should send photographs of their work, in the first instance, to  Iain or David at  





Scottish Borders Cultural Forum


Call out for Venues for 2017


Since the first meeting in April 2016, the Forum has evolved to become a valuable asset to the creative sector in the Scottish Borders, facilitating sharing of information and experiences and providing opportunities to network and collaborate.  We are now looking for groups, organisations or venues who would like to host one of the monthly gatherings in 2017.  Most of the 2016 gatherings have linked to an event or exhibition, however, this does not necessarily need to be the case.  What we are looking for from potential hosts are a free venue for up to 20-30 people and a short presentation about their event/organisation/group/venue.  Live Borders will support catering costs.  The Forums move around the Scottish Borders so we are looking for a good geographical spread.  We have already had interest from potential hosts for March and August, so would like to hear from you if you could host a Forum meeting in one of the other months of the year (please note there will no meeting  in June).


If you would be interested in hosting a gathering of the Forum in 2017 please contact me on or 01450 360441.




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