Update from CABN



Cultural Forum – February Gathering

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Mac Arts, Bridge Street, Galashiels


This will be the first Gathering of the Forum in 2017.


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.


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 some short presentations.  We are delighted that in response to a thread on the Cultural Forum Facebook page, Rob Dickson, Scottish Borders Council, will give an update on the approval of the Tapestry Project and the next steps with development/build phase leading up to opening.  Fergus Watson, Tourism Business Adviser of the newly launched Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG), will talk about the group and opportunities for organisations/businesses within the Cultural Sector.  Further speakers will be announced shortly.


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


Soup and sandwiches will be available from 5.30pm.


To attend the February Gathering please RSVP by emailing or telephone 01450 360441 no later than 12.00noon on Tuesday 21st February 2017.  


For more information please visit the CABN website.


Remember you can engage with the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum via their Facebook page.



Extending Practice Group:  Change of Date

10.00am – 12.00 noon, next meeting Tuesday 21st February 2017

Studio on the Green, 19 The Green, Selkirk


Please note the next session will be on 21st February 2017 rather than 28th February as previously advertised.


The Extending Practice Group are an informal friendly gathering of professional creative practitioners from different art forms that meet once a month to share and extend their practice.


The sessions are led by choreographer, Claire Pencak, and commence from a body based, performative practice but are presented in a way that can be taken up and adapted to individual art forms.  The group includes movement practitioners, visual artists and musicians.  Writers would be most welcome to join.  The two hour sessions are an opportunity to explore improvisational and compositional structures, consider diverse approaches to space and time and to develop alternative vocabularies.


It is also an opportunity to meet and share practices and ideas with a wide range of other artists.


Whilst it is desirable that people attend regularly it is understood that this is not always possible.  Please let Claire Pencak know if you intend to come along on, please also contact Claire for any further information.


The sessions are free of charge this year thanks to funding from Live Borders.


Future sessions are:

28th March, 25th April and 30th May - all at the Studio on the Green

27th June and 25th July – at The Bakery, Rear of 11A Exchange Street, Jedburgh



Scottish Textile and Leather Association – Textile Trends Masterclass

11.00am – 3.30pm, Thursday 2nd March 2017

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow


The Scottish Textile and Leather Association (STLA) are building a stronger textile industry in Scotland by cultivating a creative community we each can turn to for support and guidance.

This exclusive Textile Trends Masterclass will be hosted by Fiona Chautard. With over 20 years’ experience in fashion and textiles, Industry Consultant Fiona delivers inspirational training globally. Not only a qualified business coach and creative business adviser, Fiona is also a practicing designer – therefore adept at utilising her market knowledge to stay ahead of trends.

The Textile Trends Masterclass will take place at Scotland’s national centre for design and architecture, The Lighthouse in Glasgow.  It will focus on the analysis of new business models driven by the digital age. It will be delivered at a business level, focussed on sharing market development information which will include ideas for product development.

Tea and coffee and a light lunch will be provided, alongside ample opportunity to network with like-minded creative workshop attendees.

This event is open to you if you are: 
- a designer, maker, or buyer
- based in central Scotland or the Scottish Borders
- not currently a student

The deadline for booking is 5.00pm, Wednesday 1st March 2017.


For more information, including costs and how to book, please visit Eventbrite.



Arts & Business Scotland Development Forum

3.00pm – 5.45pm, Friday 10th March 2017 

The Merchants House of Glasgow, 7 West George Street, Glasgow


Development Forums provide an opportunity for participants from the cultural, public and private sector to engage and share best practice.  This event is open to both members and non-members of Arts & Business Scotland.


Topic in focus at this forum will be “Fundraising:  regulation, best practice, what’s happening?”.  You will explore current regulation and best practice in fundraising – for both fundraisers and trustees.


The cost of the event is £20.00 for non-members, free for members.


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





Treading the Borders Theatre Company – Script Writing Opportunity:  Brief Encounters

Workshops:   2.00pm – 6.00pm, Saturday 4th March 2017, County Hotel, Selkirk

2.00pm – 6.00pm, Saturday 11th March 2017, Abbey Row, Kelso

6.00pm – 9.30pm, Thursday 23rd March 2017, MacArts, Galashiels

Deadline for completed scripts:  12.00 midnight, Sunday 21st May 2017


This project is the combination of two plays for touring in August/September 2017 to celebrate the success of the new Borders railway.


The first of these plays will be STILL LIFE (1936) by Noel Coward who adapted the play to become the film script for BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945). The second will be a commissioned piece of new writing chosen from a writing workshop and mentoring programme that should give a fresh and inspired interpretation of ‘a brief encounter’.  


This is an opportunity for writers in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian who are keen to develop writing skills for professional theatre.


The project has been divided into two stages:-  

  • Stage One is the writing/mentoring workshop programme which will take place in March, April, May and culminate in a celebratory event in June.  Writers are encouraged to attend all sessions.  These workshops are offered at no cost to participants and tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.  All venues are accessible.
  • Stage Two is the full touring professional production.


Sufficient funds have been secured for Stage One from ScotRail and Live Borders but we are waiting on the successful outcome of a funding bid for Stage Two. Please note that the writing commission is part of Stage Two and subject to funding from Creative Scotland. 


For more information or to book your place at the workshops please contact Jane Houston Green on



Magnetic North – Space/Time Residency

Wednesday 7th June 2017 – Tuesday 13th June 2017, Durhamhill, Dumfries and Galloway

Closing date for applications:  1.00pm, Friday 10th March 2017


Space / Time is part of Magnetic North’s Artist Development programme. It is a creative retreat for experienced artists from any art form which asks the question “How does an artist keep developing?” 

The residency aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity. During the residency, we will question what creativity is, how it can be nourished and explore how artists can continue to challenge themselves to develop. 


The residency combines facilitated dialogue - built around a series of self-generated questions - with time for individual reflection and work. It will be led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath. 

Space/Time will take place at The Coach House in Durhamhill, Dumfries & Galloway. 


The aims of the residency are to: 

• Create a supportive atmosphere for discussion, 


• Stimulate dialogue about creative processes, 


• Give space and time for artists to reflect on their own creative practice, 


• Make time for individual reflection and thought. 


Participants will be paid a fee for attendance, and accommodation is provided. Travel expenses will be paid within Scotland. 


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



Marc Brew Dance Company Presents Brewband 

Open Call for Community Dance Performance Project

1.30pm, Saturday 8th April 2017

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles


Renowned for his ground-breaking choreography and dance, Marc Brew has created a new production – Brewband – combining a rock music gig and dance performance into one extraordinary event that sees dancer interacting with musicians as they play and musicians playing on a platform that dances across the stage.


This is an amazing opportunity for anybody who would like to perform on the same stage as the Marc Brew dance company.  Local choreographer, Alex Saunders, will work with you to create an original curtain-raising live dance and music performance using the same interactive format as Brewband.  You will perform the finished piece immediately before Brewband on Wednesday 3rd May at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles.


This project is open to all members of the community from age 7 upwards.  You don’t need any dance experience, just enthusiasm and be available for rehearsals and performance.


If you are interested go along to the Eastgate on Saturday 8th April for a taster session, or contact Alex for more information on



2018 Gilchrist-Fisher Award - Open for entries

Closing date for submissions:  Thursday 1st June 2017


Entries for the 2018 Gilchrist-Fisher Award are now welcome. 


Applications from artists addressing the broad theme of landscape are now welcome from artists who will be under the age of 30 on 1st January 2018. Artists may submit work in any medium, excluding video and installation. 


A shortlist of 6 artists will be selected in June 2017 to produce work for an exhibition early in 2018 at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London when the winner will be decided. The judges for the 2018 Gilchrist-Fisher Award will be Harry Cory-Wright, Laura Ford and Elizabeth Magill. The prize for the winner is £6000. 


For further information please visit the website.



11th Aesthetica Art Prize – Open for entries

Closing date for submissions:  Thursday 31st August 2017

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world.


There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.


For more information, including details of how to submit your work, please visit the Aesthetica Magazine website.





The Elephant Trust

Deadline for applications:  Monday 10th April 2017 and Monday 12th June 2017


The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller with a view to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the United Kingdom.


The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work.  Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the recent addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. 


Applicants are asked to consider the guidelines carefully, as well as the categories not supported, before applying to be sure that their project falls within the remit of The Elephant Trust.   


For more information please visit the Elephant Trust website.




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