Late June Update


  • Last chance to book for the June Gathering of the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum
  • Cosmic Collisions
  • Poetics of Science Weekend Seminar
  • BWF Table Top Member’s Books Sale
  • BWF Social Event
  • Lightscapes Exhibition
  • ESW Artists Open Day
  • New Writers Award 2018
  • Scottish Based Actors for BBC Drama
  • Dovecot Apprentice Weaver
  • Fully Funded MA in Arts Management
  • Danish Designer Seeks Manufacturer
  • Performance and Presentation Training 2017







June Gathering of the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum 

Last Chance to Book!

4.30pm – 6.00pm, Friday 30th June 2017

(with the option to stay on for Magnetic North’s Rough Mix Sharing at 6.00pm)

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles 


The June Gathering of the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum will take place at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles and will tie in with their hosting of the Magnetic North Rough Mix Residency 2017.


At the gathering Nicholas Bone, founder of Magnetic North will talk about the company and its Rough Mix residency.  Also giving a short talk will be Anna Hodgart, Artist Development Producer for the National Theatre of Scotland and Becki Hodgson of Borders Live Touring who will give an update on Borders Live Touring and talk about the Young Promoters Scheme and Dance Academy.


Tickets for the sharing are free but must be booked in advance.  Please reserve your place by contacting the Eastgate Box office on 01721 725 777 and quoting that you are going to the gathering of the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum.  Numbers are limited so you must ensure that you book.


To attend the June Gathering please RSVP by emailing No later than 9.00am on Monday 26th June 2017.


For more information please visit the CABN website.



Cosmic Collisions

Friday 23rd June 2017 – Saturday 24th June 2017

Crawick Multiverse


Celebration of art and science at Crawick Multiverse, an artland in Dumfries & Galloway designed by Charles Jencks. Enjoy an outdoor performance, exhibition and inspiring talks by leading thinkers. Enjoy an outdoor performance, exhibition and engaging public lectures inspired by this year's theme of 'Cosmic Collisions'.

Events commence on Friday 23rd June with a preview of ‘Cosmic Collisions’, an exhibition at MERZ Studio, Sanquhar that includes new work by Charles Jencks and architect Daniel Libeskind, followed by a talk by world renowned cosmologist Prof Carlos Frenk who will share his insights into the origins of the universe.

On Saturday 24th June, a series talks by leading thinkers at Sanquhar Town Hall will be punctuated by a lunchtime visit to the Crawick Multiverse for a picnic, music, the opening of Charles Jencks’ latest installation and an exhilarating site specific performance of 'Sea Hames', the latest work from physical theatre company Oceanallover.

Speakers include Professor Martin Hendry MBE, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, Professor Monica Grady CBE, leading space scientist, primarily known for her work on meteorites and Daniel Libeskind, architect of Berlin's Jewish Museum and Ground Zero site New York. The talks will close with a conversation between Charles Jencks and Daniel Libeskind. Friends for many years, they both pursue the question of meaning in design, and how the universe inspires it.


For more information please visit the Crawick Multiverse website.




Borders Writers Forum – Table Top Members’ Books Sale

9.30am – 5.00pm, Monday 27th June 2017

Borders General Hospital


Borders Writers' Forum present their latest works in poetry, non-fiction and an eclectic mix of fiction, some weaving Scotland's social and cultural history into the very heart of their writing. Pop in and browse the books on offer and take the opportunity to talk to the authors manning the bookstall.


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



Borders Writers Forum – Joint Social Event with Kelso Writers’ Group

7.00pm – 9.15pm, Thursday 29th June 2017

St Boswells Parish Church, Main Street, St Boswells


The final BWF event of the 2016/17 programme. 


Bring along a piece of your creative work to share (five minutes maximum) or if you don't feel you are that far on your literary journey come along anyway and enjoy the hospitality, atmosphere and quality of the prose and poetry on offer.


Everyone is welcome.  This event is free for members and £3 for guests including a light supper.  The church hall has wheelchair access and will be open to members and guests at the usual time of 7pm.



Lightscapes Exhibition

10.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Saturday, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Sunday, Saturday 1st July 2017 – Sunday 6th August 2017

Pringle Gallery, Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels


Landscape & Nature photographer Graham Riddell returns to Old Gala House with his revised collection of framed and mounted images from around the Scottish Borders and beyond. Whether land, sky, water or nature, these different ‘scapes’ are a personal collection of emotive images exploring his environment.


For more information please visit the website or contact Live Borders Museums on 01896 752611.




Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop – Artists Open Day

11.00am – 5.00pm, Thursday 6th July 2017

Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh


Free drop in event for artists, makers and designers.


This is an opportunity to discover ESW’s facilities for making, meet staff, hear about Professional Artist and Graduate opportunities and studios.


For more information please visit the website.





Scottish Book Trust – New Writers Award 2018 

Deadline for applications:  12.00 noon, Wednesday 5th July 2017


These annual awards are a fantastic opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing.


Awardees receive:

  • A £2,000 cash award, allowing them to focus on their work
  • Tailored personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals.
  • Training in PR, performance and presentation training
  • The opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents.
  • A week long retreat offering time, space and the freedom to create new work in idyllic surroundings.


Writers over the age of 18 can apply for one category, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. There is no upper age limit to apply. The awards are divided into three different categories:

  • Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction in English and Scots
  • Poetry in English and Scots
  • Children’s and Young Adult Fiction in English and Scots


For further information and details on how to apply please visit the Scottish Book Trust website.



Scottish based actors for BBC Drama

Tiger Aspect 

Deadline for applications:  Friday 14th July 2017


Scottish-based male and female actors wanted for a new and exciting BBC daytime crime drama. Tiger Aspect are currently looking for a number of actors aged 16-75, a mixture of both male and female for a variety of different character roles. This is a paid role.

Shooting takes place just outside of Edinburgh between 24th July and 29th August with dates for roles varying.

If you are available during these dates, please send CV and headshots to



Dovecot Apprentice Weaver

Deadline for applications:  5.00pm, Monday 17th July 2017


This unique opportunity is open to candidates who may or may not be familiar with weaving and have a desire and an ability to learn the skill.


Dovecot is looking to the future and expanding its weaving team. This unique opportunity is open to candidates who may or may not be familiar with weaving and have a desire and an ability to learn the skill. The role is open to candidates with, or without, an art degree. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate an artistic aptitude and passion to learn the art of contemporary tapestry weaving. Candidates who are successful in getting to interview stage will be asked to bring with them a portfolio of work. A second interview will be conducted during which there will be an opportunity for shortlisted candidates to meet the weaving team.

For more information please visit the Dovecot website.



Fully Funded MA in Arts Management

Queen Margaret University

Deadline for applications:  Sunday 30th July 2017


Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is offering 10 fully funded places for a September 2017 intake to the MA Arts Festival and Cultural Management Degree.


Thanks to support from the Scottish Funding Council, QMU is pleased to be able to offer 10 places with 100% of the course fee waived, for a September 2017 intake to its popular and long-running MA Arts Festival and Cultural Management degree. These places are intended to support capacity building in Scotland’s cultural sector and as such are intended to help deliver the future leaders of Scotland’s cultural organisations and festivals. These spaces are ideal for those currently working in the sector who are looking to advance their career and personal development. As such, applicants for the funded places should be working within the cultural sector in Scotland, and be able to provide a letter from their employer supporting their intention to study. Final selection for these places may be based on interview and/or presentation. The 10 spaces are for both full (1 year) and part-time (2 year) study. Attendance is required to undertake the program. 

This course is the only one of its kind in Scotland, modules include

  • Financial Management and Strategy
  • Fundraising and Development for Cultural Organisations
  • Managing Cultural Projects and Festivals
  • Marketing Cultural Organisations and Festivals
  • People Management, Governance and Law

For more information please visit the QMU website.



Danish Designer Seeks Manufacturer for Bedclothes

Enterprise Europe Network Scotland

Deadline for applications:  Sunday 30th July 2017


A small start-up from Copenhagen, Denmark with a background in textile design is looking for producers of bedclothes, using digital printing on cotton.

The small start-up company was created in 2017 by a young designer from a textile and design college in Copenhagen, Denmark and has sufficient capital to launch their new collection of bedclothes for children. 

The range comprises:
• A junior duvet set in size 100cm x140cm, with pillow 40cm x 45cm
• A baby duvet set in size 70cm x 100cm, with pillow 40cm x 45cm

The fabric must be organic cotton with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, using digital printing. Designs will be supplied to the manufacturer and all bedclothing will be reversible. 

As the company is a small start-up business, they are looking for initial orders of 50 pieces of each set, which suggests that this will suit a small European textile company. The company is, therefore, offering a manufacturing agreement to a producer with the ability to produce in small volumes and who can source the fabric in GOTS certified cotton.


For more information please visit the Enterprise Europe Network website.





Scottish Book Trust – Performance and Presentation Training 2017 

10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 28th October 2017 or Wednesday 8th November 2017

Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh


Do you want to make more of your readings and events? Would you like to engage better with your audience? Are you terrified of reading in front of people? Performance and Presentation training is designed to help writers bring their work to life, perform better and overcome nerves. In previous courses, writers with years of event experience have benefited, as well as those who are new to taking the stage.


There are a limited number of spaces available on the training course for published writers to work alongside our New Writers Awardees. The training is free of charge and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to eligible writers. The training will consist of two workshops, one led by Alex Gillon and the other by Jenny Lindsay. The group will get a chance to do both workshops over the course of the day.


Performance and Presentation is open to professional writers who meet the criteria for the Live Literature Database. You do not need to be on the database to apply. 


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





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