About CABN

The Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) is an informal network and information sharing project to support the creative arts sector in the Scottish Borders. CABN supports creative individuals and organisations working in the fields of:

Visual Arts, Craft, Literature, Public Art and Community Engagement, Film, Music and Performing Arts .

CABN delivers specialised training and support, and runs a grant scheme for Visual Artists and Craft Makers in the South of Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

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. 

The project is based in St Mary's Mill, Selkirk and is managed by a part-time Creative Leader (Mary Morrison) and a part-time Clerical Assistant (Kay McCluskey). 

The main aim of CABN is to stimulate, strengthen and support the creative industries sector in the Scottish Borders.  Using:

  • Advocates - the Advocates are experienced practitioners in their fields and help inform the design and the delivery of the CABN  project.  The Advocates cover 7 sectoral areas:  Visual Arts, Craft, Literature, Public Art & Community Engagement, Performing Arts (Dance & Drama), Music and Business to Business (B2B). 
  • Social Media - to promote the CABN programme and opportunities, and also to engage better with the sector.  
  • Training and Networking Events programme – we will build on previous event delivery and feedback, and also be able to respond to demand/requests for specific training and networking events.    The Advocates will feed directly into the design and delivery of these events and we will work in partnership with other organisations, for example Cultural Enterprise Office and Business Gateway, as appropriate.



      Reimagining Place Credit Kevin Greenfield    Reimagining Place Credit Kevin Greenfield    Reimagining Place Credit Kevin Greenfield 

Images from CABN's Reimagining Place event at the Haining, Selkirk.  June 2015. 


 How Music Works Credit Kevin Greenfield    How Music Works Credit Kevin Greenfield

How Music Works, Heart of Hawick.  November 2013


All images credited to Kevin Greenfield


Previous funded phases of the CABN project ran to December 2012 as a south of Scotland partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, and to December 2013 as CABN 'New Work' with focus on the Scottish Borders.  Evaluations of previous CABN projects (2010-2012 and 2013) are available on request from mmorrison@liveborders1.org.uk.

 CABN is funded by Creative Scotland and is part of Live Borders