Scottish Borders Cultural Forum - March Gathering

March Gathering Hosted by the Royal Society of Arts at Trinity Centre, High Cross, Melrose

5.30pm - 7.30pm, Wednesday 22nd March 2017
*  Please arrive at 5.15pm prompt for registration

February Gathering of the Cultural Forum

February Gathering of the Cultural Forum at MacArts, Galashiels


The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) are hosting the March Gathering of the Cultural Forum, with a theme of ‘Outreach’.    A great group of speakers has been assembled for this event, which we hope will bring together Cultural Forum members and RSA Fellows.  

Speakers:  Colin Bradie (Programme Manager, Creative Scotland), Robin Baillie (Senior Outreach Officer) and Ritchie Cumming (Outreach Officer) – both National Galleries of Scotland:

Colin Bradie will speak on Creative Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy. He trained at ARTTS International in North Yorkshire, going on to work in children’s theatre in the South of England. He then moved to the Western Highlands as an Outreach Drama Worker for Eden Court Theatre. He established and led Edinburgh’s Lyceum Youth Theatre for 6 years and has subsequently worked in youth theatre across the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Norway and the USA. Colin led the national development of the youth theatre sector as CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland for 10 years, moving to Creative Scotland in 2013 to manage the delivery of Time to Shine - Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy.

Robin Baillie has, since 2001, been the Senior Outreach Officer in the Education Department, devising the outreach programme and managing the Outreach Team at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Slade School of Art (PG), he lectured in contextual studies at Edinburgh College of Art from 1995 – 2000, and his research interest include how art collections represent historical experience, collaborative art practice and community engagement. Robin has contributed an article Mirrors: Prison Portraits to the Prison Service Journal (Spring 2014), and one for Engage 31 on The Nation//Live, and has written the catalogues for both these exhibition staged at NGS. Robin is at present leading the Outreach Team to deliver The UNTITLED, a two year project developing young people’s creativity in visual art to be exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in January 2016.

Richie Cumming has spent over a decade working in, producing, and developing creative environments and scenarios that encourage participation in art production. These projects provide opportunities for participants and viewers to explore social, cultural and historical events through a variety of creative processes. Project content is tailored to the needs, interests and abilities of participants. He says he has worked “with all sorts of folk, from young parents and toddlers to the long retired, but the majority of projects have involved working with teenagers; in schools, community centres, street work and young offenders institutes”.   He also acts regularly as a DJ and exhibits and creates artwork under a variety of guises.  He is a founding member of the Blameless collective of artists. Projects have included:                
Untitled - Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland Co-production project (2014- 2016);  The Nation//Live (2012-2015);  Silver City Soul (2010-2012);  Mirrors: Prison Portraits (2010);  Impossible Nation (2010);  Rough Cut Nation (2009);  Wild Rovers (2009);  Parallel Lives 2 (2008–2009).


Ann Packard, RSA, has been engaging enthusiastically with the Scottish Borders Cultural Forum, and we’re delighted that the RSA has organised, and is hosting this Gathering.  Please note, there is a limit on numbers for this event, so please book early!



Please note – as this event is hosted by the Royal Society of Arts, bookings for the Forum on this occasion, must be made via the RSA website where you will also find profiles of the event speakers.  Due to restrictions on the RSA website the event is entitled RSA Borders and MCICH Networks Event.


Tea and Coffee and a light buffet will be available.


For more information on the RSA please visit their website.


Note: The Trinity Centre (on the B6394) is wheelchair accessible.  Parking is in nearby streets such as Ormiston Terrace and Ormiston Gardens.  There is a bus stop immediately outside the Centre which connects with bus services to and from Tweedbank and/or the Transport Interchange in Galashiels.   



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.