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.    You can read the notes from previous meetings here:

April Forum  April Gathering - Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick

May Forum  May Gathering - Scotstyle Exhibition, Bowhill House, Selkirk

June Gathering Notes  June Gathering - Borders Book Festival, Melrose

August Gathering  August Gathering - Beyond Borders/Creative Peebles Festival, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles

September Gathering  September Gathering - Making Good Places Exhibition, Hippodrome, Eyemouth

October Notes  October Gathering - WASPS Open Studios, Selkirk

November Notes  November Gathering - Selkirk

The November Gathering of the Forum was the last for 2016.  Dates and venues for 2017 are to be confirmed and will be added to the Events page on the CABN website.

Call out for Hosts for Gatherings of the Cultural Forum in 2017


Since the first meeting in April 2016, the Forum has evolved to become a valuable asset to the creative sector in the Scottish Borders, facilitating sharing of information and experiences and providing opportunities to network and collaborate.  As we head into 2017 we are looking for groups, organisations or venues who would like to host one of the monthly gatherings in the new year.  Most of the 2016 gatherings have linked to an event or exhibition, however, this does not necessarily need to be the case.  What we are looking for from potential hosts are a free venue for up to 20-30 people and a short presentation about their event/organisation/group/venue.  Live Borders will support catering costs.  The Forums move around the Scottish Borders so we are looking for a good geographical spread.




If you would be interested in hosting a gathering of the Forum in 2017 please contact me on or 01450 360441.




Cultural Forum Facebook Page


Following on from the gathering of the Cultural Forum in Selkirk on 18th November, a member of the Forum decided to set up a Facebook page.  The purpose of this is to share information and events and for you to connect with each other between Forums.  Please “Like” the Facebook page which you can find at



For more information on future monthly gatherings visit our EVENTS page here


More information on the Cultural Forum:


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 e-mail   with your name, business or organisation name, and we will keep in touch with you about all Cultural Forum activities.

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