CABN Advocates

The CABN project covers a range of artforms and key to understanding the different sectors and designing and delivering relevant support is through the work of the Advocates. The Advocates are experienced and respected practitioners in their field and their input is invaluable.

The Advocates host and deliver events, initiate partnerships and advise on project development, and are available for 1:1 Advice Sessions. The Advocates work on a freelance basis – approximately 6 days a year.

If you would like to connect with one of the Advocates, or speak to them about a particular project, please email Mary Morrison in the first instance or call 07789 944993.

The seven CABN Advocates are:

VISUAL ART - Niall Campbell

As part of the Scot’s Diaspora Niall was born in Singapore, lived in Germany and was schooled in Dunblane. Studied Btec Art & Design in Ashton Under Lyne and graduated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 1983.

Niall has been working in Further & Higher Education since 1983 starting out in the Printmaking Dept at Goldsmiths. He was a Visiting Lecturer Barnet College and taught for 20 years at Middlesex Uni. He returned to Scotland in 2007 and is currently teaching Art & Design at Borders College. He is passionate about art education and in particular the transitionary pre-degree stage where the wonders of Visual Arts begins to reveal itself. A painter and printmaker Niall has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including a solo show at The Scott Gallery in 2011 and is a member of Crossing Borders.

His current work explores the idea of making work that has no known starting point. He co-curated a ‘pop-up’ exhibition in an empty shop in Jedburgh, working with 12 artists over 12 days and is hoping to continue with this idea. Another of his goals is to establish a Printmaking workshop and artists’ ‘hub’ within the Scottish Borders.

LITERATURE - Jules Horne

Jules Horne is a dramatist and fiction writer who has written plays for the Traverse Theatre, Nutshell Theatre, Paines Plough, Quondam and BBC radio. Her stage dramas Allotment and Thread have won Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, and she is a former RL Stevenson Fellow with the National Library of Scotland. Radio work includes MacMillan’s Marvellous Motion Machine (Radio 4) and Small Blue Thing (BBC Scotland). Her short story collections Wrapped Town and Nanonovels appear under the Texthouse imprint.

Jules teaches on the Open University MA in Creative Writing, and has worked as a playwright-practitioner with students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was born in Hawick and went to Hawick High School, then studied German and French at Oxford University and worked for the BBC World Service before returning to the Borders. She writes from a former textile mill in Selkirk, and her books are available at local bookshops and online.

CRAFT & DESIGN - Position Currently Vacant

Craft & Design Advocate position now vacant – for further information please go here

Sarah specialises in light-emitting woven textiles and design-led artefacts using optical fibre. As a designer maker she uses traditional, craft-based processes in conjunction with digital and responsive technologies. She is a research fellow at Edinburgh Napier University and has been consulting for the University of Dundee on industry-led collaborative innovation within this field.

Sarah’s work has had considerable national and international exposure over the last 20 years including as a finalist nominee for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Textiles (2002). Award winning collaborative work (ISWC 2014 Robertson & Taylor) was exhibited as part of the V&A Dundee’s 'Design in Motion' exhibition, 2015.

Sarah has had a varied academic career in Higher Education within teaching, research and management. She has extensive experience in research-led projects, funding applications, working to commission, curriculum development, and is keen to support other practitioners.

MUSIC - James Mackintosh

James is an experienced touring and session musician, composer and teacher; equally at home on the road, in the recording studio and on the film set. He is a founding member of groundbreaking Scottish group Shooglenifty, touring globally for over 20 years, playing concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, USA, Canada and Asia.

He is co founder of label “Shoogle Records”. He has extensive teaching and workshop experience in drums, percussion and group work and has hosted workshops at concerts and festivals around the globe, from Seattle to Sydney.


Lara Greene is an artist based in Selkirk.  She has a background in sculpture and public art, as well as freelance educational work. Currently she is focussed on community engaged projects and events locally.

Soon after graduation in Fine Art, Lara decided that her art was not going to be confined only to gallery walls as this felt somewhat exclusive. She set about creating art and arts events which were more accessible for all without lessening the artistic value.  From this she branched into public art and worked as part of a team in the USA creating large scale robotic art installation/performances internationally.

Her main medium is metal but Lara has a wide ranging knowledge of many materials and processes including casting, woodwork, painting, sewing and mechanical/kinetic art.  She has specialist knowledge in the field of public art with regard to its commissioning process, funding, pre-planning, fabrication, installation and technical details.

Lara looks forward to supporting other artists in her Advocate role and welcomes any contact. She will use the role to help further the impact of art and creativity for all in the Scottish Borders.

For more information please visit Lara's website:

Photography Credit: Copyright Cassie Potts


Claire is a contemporary dancer and choreographer and has been developing her practice in Scotland for the past 25 years.

Her current interest is in collaborative cross disciplinary working and choreography as an investigative discipline that can contribute to research by suggesting different approaches, questions and vocabularies.

Claire was Artistic Director of Tabula Rasa Collaborations - an artist led project based company - for 16 years between 1999-2016.

Current projects include:
Make/Shift -a programme examining the broader role of movement research and film making to contribute to social change with particular reference to the international refugee situation.

In-the-Making Collective - a shifting assemblage of dancers and other artists.

Links to online presence:

Claire Pencak
Working the Tweed
Make/Shift Networks

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS (B2B) - Giles Etherington

Giles Etherington is owner of Brand Satellite, a branding consultancy and integrated design, advertising and marketing agency, based in Melrose. Through a range of complementary communications services he helps SMEs who have either never approached their business as a brand before, or are not making the most of the brand they have.

Giles has over twenty five years’ experience working in advertising and design agencies, from the largest agency network in the world to his own one-man business. Giles has worked in London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Jersey and Edinburgh. He moved to the Scottish Borders in 2006 and has run businesses here ever since.

Giles is also a mentor for Creative Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University.