The main aim of CABN is to develop the professional creative sector in the Scottish Borders through a diverse programme of support, and to seek to strengthen the sector by working towards longer term strategic goals.

Although the focus of CABN is on creative micro-businesses across all art forms listed below, it also engages with, and provides support to sectoral organisations and community groups, and works with a range of partners to develop further opportunities.

  • visual arts
  • crafts
  • music
  • performing arts
  • literature
  • public & community art
  • creative services

CABN supports primarily through its core function as a Network – providing information relevant to the creative sector through the CABN website, weekly e-bulletins and Social Media including Facebook and Twitter.

CABN also provides support through:

  • Advice & support – over the phone, face to face
  • Bespoke training, events & professional development programme
  • Developing opportunities – eg residencies, showcases, grant award schemes for Visual Artists and Craft Makers
  • Focus on supporting the development of creative spaces – venues and workspaces
  • Advocating for the sector locally and nationally, and raising the visibility of the sector more widely
  • Partnership working – with local and national organisations

CABN is staffed by Mary Morrison (part-time Creative Leader) and Felicity Bristow (part time Social Media Assistant).

Key to the work of CABN are the Advocates – experienced practitioners in their fields who inform the design and the delivery of the CABN project. There are currently seven Advocates covering the different sectors who work on a freelance basis for a small number of days per annum.

CABN Creative Leader Mary Morrison can be contacted for advice, and depending on what sort of support you require, can also signpost you to other organisations who can help you further.

CABN is a Place Partnership project funded by Creative Scotland, and is part of Live Borders - Arts & Creativity.