Scottish Borders Cultural Forum

The Scottish Borders Cultural Forum has evolved out of a series of discussions and workshops attended by a broad range of individuals and organisations from the local cultural sector and is open to anyone interested in the aims and values of the Forum to join in.

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 is a champion not just for the cultural sector but also for culture’s role in the economy, environment, education, health and the quality of life that is so important to the Scottish Borders.

The Cultural Forum is concerned principally with the arts, heritage, museums, libraries, creative industries, traditional culture and festivals, though this list is not exclusive.

The Forum will have monthly gatherings, which aim to be:

  • Informal
  • Open
  • Inclusive
  • Welcoming
  • Interesting
  • Relevant
  • Enjoyable

The monthly gatherings will move around the Borders and link with a key cultural event in each area, so that the gatherings offer: a social space, an opportunity to see something interesting, and an opportunity to have a discussion focusing on sharing information and focusing on key opportunities or issues.

To find out where the next monthly gathering of the Forum will be please visit the News and Events page on the CABN website.

Cultural Forum Facebook Group

The Scottish Borders Cultural Forum has its own Facebook page to develop discussions and share information between gatherings. You can also find out about upcoming Forums. Join the Facebook Group Page.

Aims and Objectives

The Scottish Borders Cultural Forum aims to support a rich, diverse and flourishing cultural life for the benefit of residents and visitors.

It does this by:

  1. Creating a space in which the local cultural sector can meet, share ideas and resources, offer mutual support and agree priorities for action;
  2. Acting as a voice for the cultural sector and a recognised partner in cultural matters of bodies such as Scottish Borders Council, Creative Scotland etc.


The Cultural Forum shares the beliefs expressed in the underlying principles of the  Cultural Strategy for the Scottish Borders, namely that:

  • Culture matters
  • Culture should be available to all
  • Culture supports economic growth
  • Culture improves lives
  • Culture strengthens communities
  • Culture promotes innovation
  • Culture is crucial to shaping the future of the Scottish Borders

This rationale lies behind the formation of the Cultural Forum and underpins its work.


The Cultural Forum is a membership body open to all organisations and individuals who share its purpose and values. No distinction is made between professional and amateur, commercial or voluntary groups.  Membership is free and to join, simply email Mary Morrison with your name, business or organisation name, and we will keep in touch with you about all Cultural Forum activities.

Forum Gathering Notes

Notes from previous gatherings of the Cultural Forum to download.

APRIL 2016

MAY 2016

JUNE 2016