We're delighted to welcome the following members to Arts & Business Scotland.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig is the principal public body in Scotland responsible for promoting Gaelic development and providing advice to the Scottish Ministers on Gaelic issues. Our vision is to have a sustainable future for Gaelic as a healthy, vibrant language, increasingly used and respected in a modern, multicultural and multilingual Scotland.
Vanessa is Executive Director of Cultivate, a cultural organisational development agency and a freelance consultant working predominately in cultural leadership, board development, fundraising, and capital projects. Vanessa is also a Business Adviser for Creative United’s ACE funded Prosper Business Support programme and an Arts Council Wales Building Resilience Business Associate.
Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) is Scotland’s leading production and talent development body for creative documentary. It is committed to expanding the art of documentary, to building a highly skilled and diverse filmmaking community and championing the right to present varied and often hidden realities through creative documentary.
Govan's own orchestra, The Glasgow Barons, are a flexible chamber orchestra who morph into whatever Govan needs to help this area of deep multiple deprivation on the road to recovery. They perform string concerts in Govan Old Parish Church, run composing classes in Govan High, African Drumming workshops for at risk teens, and Musicians in Exile, workshops that help asylum seekers recover and practice their intrinsic musical culture.
Insurance broker; helping local business buy their Property and Liability insurance cover; such as independent galleries and shops. A bespoke service where the online tick box option doesn’t quite fit. The recent return of the Salvador Dali painting rekindles childhood memories of being taken to the Kelvingrove during the school holidays.
Trees for Life is an award-winning charity working to restore Scotland's Caledonian Forest. Their vision is to bring back natural forests and rare wildlife to a spectacular wilderness region of the Scottish Highlands, including their 10000 acre Dundreggan Conservation Estate. Much of their conservation work is carried out by volunteers.
Two Destination Language make contemporary theatre for audiences in and beyond Britain. Their work is focused on questions of identity and what happens when cultures meet. A registered charity led by artists Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva, their award-winning work includes stage productions, projects with people from varied backgrounds around Britain, and installations. This summer, their Fallen Fruit is at Edinburgh's Summerhall during the Fringe.
The RSA supports the creation, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art and architecture in Scotland. From its home in the heart of Edinburgh, the RSA runs a year-round programme of exhibitions, artist opportunities, talks and events. These not only support artists and architects at all stages of their careers, they also offer members of the public the opportunity to see work by some of Scotland’s most creative talent.
Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, with hundreds of exhibits, a digital planetarium and science show theatre. Along with their day-to-day, their outreach programme takes activities to communities who can’t visit them whilst their evening programme includes a whole host of quirky events to help as many people as possible to enjoy the wonders of science and technology.
Dundee Industrial Heritage Limited operate two of Dundee’s premier attractions, the historic Royal Research Ship Discovery at Discovery Point, and Verdant Works jute textile museum. Welcoming over 160,000 people every year, both museums are fully Accredited, hold Recognised Collections of National Significance and are 5-star rated by VisitScotland.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) works to promote Scottish country dancing. RSCDS do this by training teachers, running events, publishing dances and music and by engaging the wider community in traditional dance. They are particularly interested in giving children and young people in Scotland access to this heritage.
The Eric Liddell Centre is a care charity and community hub in Edinburgh founded in 1980 in memory of the 1924 Olympic gold medallist, Eric Liddell. Their care services support people living with dementia, their families, unpaid carers and the wider community.
Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce are delighted to join Arts & Business Scotland as corporate members. The Chamber offers vital support to a huge variety of members throughout Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. Through networking, business mentoring and interactive events, they offer business insight to arts organisations in the Forth Valley.
West College Scotland is the largest further and higher education institution in Scotland with 22,000 students studying at campuses in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley and employing 1,200 staff. They are driven by innovative, creative and entrepreneurial approaches and are immensely proud of their immersive partnerships with industry, local communities and beyond.
Moray Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation, affiliated to the wider Scottish Chambers of Commerce. It exists to boost local and national economic growth by supporting, connecting and educating local businesses. Moray Chamber is part of a dynamic business community and represents businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors.
Bernie is a former senior army officer who now straddles both business and the arts. His business interests include representing Ex-Mil Recruitment Ltd in Scotland placing ex-service personnel into civilian roles. Bernie also plays the accordion, leading a ceilidh band, and for fitness classes in sports centres.
Barbra is a retired police officer. Having come across A&B, Barbra saw an opportunity to explore connections, businesses, charities, the arts and how supporting vulnerable people can build skills away from involvement in the Criminal Justice System. Very intrigued personality, legacy of policing, so looking forward to getting to know folk and maybe some volunteering.
Scott is returning to Scotland after 30 years working in governance, risk management and internal controls within the property and professional services sectors worldwide. Using his expertise to assist creative organisations to develop their potential would allow him to contribute while also pursuing his genuine interest in the arts.
The Edinburgh Playhouse is the UK’s largest theatre and an iconic live entertainment venue, providing the backdrop for some of the most iconic productions, shows and names in theatre, performance and live music and drawing audiences from across Scotland. Arts & Business Scotland provides a valuable platform from which to explore partnership opportunities across the city and further afield.
Established in April 2016, uniting Borders Sport and Leisure Trust and Scottish Borders Council’s cultural services, Live Borders is a charitable trust. Reinvesting their income into cultural services, active leisure opportunities and sport development providing a range of programmes, projects and initiatives for the people of the Scottish Borders and its visitors as well as target inequalities and aim to improve the life chances for the most disadvantaged.
Paragon Music is an inclusive arts organisation that opens up opportunities for people with additional support needs to create and perform their own music and dance. They run a regular programme of workshops and performances, work with partners to deliver bespoke projects and offer training in inclusive arts practice.
Bradley is a trustee for Beltane Fire Society who is focusing on sustainability and fundraising for this unique arts organisation. While working as a Finance Officer (Business Support) for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, he is also currently studying towards becoming fully qualified with CIMA.