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 role of the Advocate includes:

  • Helping to strengthen and develop creative business networks and links. Building upon existing networks where these are strong, and identifying ways in which to reach individuals and businesses in those creative sectors where there are few or no communication channels in place.
  • Utilising these networks to encourage creative businesses to actively participate in the CABN project by expressing their development needs, sharing their expertise and experience, and working collaboratively with other businesses.
  • Providing peer support to a small number of new and established businesses with the intention of establishing peer-support relationships that will outlast the duration of the project.  

The seven Advocates are:

  • Visual Art - Niall Campbell
  • Literature - Jules Horne
  • Crafts - Sarah Taylor
  • Music - James Mackintosh
  • Public Art & Community Engagement- Neville Rae
  • Collaborations & Place Making - Claire Pencak
  • B2B (Business to Business) - Giles Etherington
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.

Jules Horne
Jules is a working writer who has written over a dozen plays for BBC radio and the professional stage. A former journalist, she now teaches creative writing for the Open University and runs a copywriting business, Texthouse. She has won many writing awards, including two Scotsman Fringe Firsts for ALLOTMENT (2011) and THREAD (2012), and the National Library's RL Stevenson Fellowship for her fiction.Originally from Hawick, Jules has spent time living and working in Germany, Switzerland, France and Estonia. She a director of Borders Creative and loves collaborating with people in other creative fields.


Sarah Taylor


Sarah is a designer maker, working in e-textiles and combines optical fibres within woven textiles and design-led artefacts.  She uses traditional, craft-based processes in conjunction with digital and responsive technologies to create novel, time-based aesthetics.

Over the last 20 years she has had considerable national and international exposure and was a finalist nominee for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2002 Textiles.  She has regularly collaborated with experts from design, sound, lighting and electronics to produce multi-sensory and interactive work.  Recent award winning collaborative work (Digital Lace) was part of the V&A Dundee's Travelling Gallery "Design in Motion" exhibition, 2015.

During this 20 year period, Sarah has had a varied academic career in Higher Education within teaching, research and management and was an Arts and Humanities Research Council College Peer Review Member.  She has extensive experience in developing and accessing courses, research-led projects and funding, and supporting others with their work. 


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 areound the globe, from Seattle to Sydney.


 Neville Rae

Neville Rae is one of Scotland’s foremost artists in the field of public art and community engagement. With over 8 years experience he has designed and led projects as diverse and ambitious as a series of new public artworks for Edinburgh waterfront, re-instating forgotten public artworks of Cumbernauld, making a social film documentary of the Gorbals and projecting it onto a high-rise flat awaiting demolition and annually inhabiting 20 empty shops with artworks in conjunction with students at Edinburgh College of Art.  He sees his role as to contextualize the project, encourage and support the development of new work whilst providing a foundational knowledge of contemporary British art. His public responsibilities include liaising with the town centre owners, promoting the project, developing community participation through talks/symposiums, sourcing new partners/investors and securing external funding.

For more information please visit the Old School Fabrications website.



 Claire Pencak
Claire trained in contemporary dance and choreography at the Laban Centre,London and has been working in Scotland since 1991. In 2010 she was awarded a Creative Scotland Choreographic Fellowship and in 2012 was the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence within the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University. She has particular experience of producing and touring performance work and is the artistic director of Tabula Rasa, a charitable arts organisation that specialises in collaborative working. Most recently Tabula Rasa managed Working the Tweed - a Year of Natural Scotland art/science collaboration 
Giles Etherington

Giles Etherington is owner of Brand Satellite, a branding consultancy and integrated design, advertising and marketing agency, based in Melrose.

He 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 board director of Borders Creative and the creative sector representative on the steering group of the Scottish Borders Business Forum.

Giles' role is being funded by Business Gateway, and he will work as part of the current team of CABN Advocates, helping to support individual businesses, networks and to inform training events.   He will work between Business Gateway and CABN.