Scottish Borders Cultural Forum - April Gathering

April Gathering at Room 305, Tower Mill, Hawick
11.00am - 1.00pm, Thursday 20th April 2017
Registration from 10.45am
Followed by a visit to the Territory Exhibition in the Waterfall Gallery at Hawick Museum


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, usually linked to a key cultural event in the area, and provides a social get together, a discussion, and a lively cultural experience.


 Lost Heritage No 1 by Niall Campbell

Lost Heritage No 1, Niall Campbell

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 gathering will begin with some short presentations.   For this April Gathering there are some topics which follow on from previous Forums/disucssions and presentations on some new inititatives.


Inge Panneels:  Cultural Regeneration - can planners and artists work together?

Several members of the Cultural Forum attended a recent Cross Party Working Group on Culture at the Scottish Parliament recently, which explored the question 'Can artists and planners work together?'  Inge, and other attendees will feed back on the session, and the potential for artists to engage with local planners.

Claire Pencak & Tweed Forum:  Tweed Rivers Landscape Partnership Project

Tweed Forum with support from Jura Consultants is looking at the potential of submitting a Landscape Partnership Scheme to the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a 5 year project focusing on the Tweed from source to sea.  A wide range of projects can be included that deliver benefits to the heritage itself, people and communities.  There is a substantial opportunity here for cultural activity.

Laura McIntyre - Community Engagement Coordinator, Alchemy Film & Arts

Laura will talk about the exciting news that Alchemy have recently moved into an empty shop on Hawick High Street.  The new Alchemy hub will house their offices, a hot desk editing suite and flexible exhibitions and filmmaking workshops space.  Laura will also talk about upcoming Alchemy events and aims.

Sam Cornwell, Artist - Introducing 'Territory'

Sam will introduce the exhibition 'Territory'.  Sam is one of 3 artists showing work in this exhibition at Hawick Museum.  There is an opportunity after the Forum to visit the exhibition, with Sam and Inge Panneels.



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

March Gathering of the Cultural Forum

March Gathering of the Cultural Forum In Melrose

Teas and coffees will be available from 10.45am.  A light buffet lunch will be served at the end of the Gathering, please confirm when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

To attend the April Gathering please RSVP by emailing no later than 9.00am on Monday 17th April 2017.  Please confirm when booking if you would like to take part in the visit to the Territory Exhibition as numbers in the Waterfall Gallery at Hawick Museum are limited. 

Please note that there is no wheelchair access to the Waterfall Gallery.




Attendees at previous gatherings have found the delegate list useful in terms of following up on conversations with specific people or organisations enabling the exchange of information and contacts. 

We will be putting together a delegate list (which will include your email address) for this Gathering so please let us know if you DO NOT wish to be included.  It would be useful when booking if you could indicate which job title and business/organisation name you would like us to include. 




Not everyone will be able to get to every gathering, so please become a member of the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum so you can receive information, notes and updates from all the monthly gatherings.  Membership is free, just e-mail with your name, business/organisation name.

You can also engage with the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum via their Facebook page.



For more info on the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum view the CABN NEWS page where you can also read the notes from previous gatherings.