Development Forum (Edinburgh)

Registration: | Event


Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, E2 2EL

Registration: 2:30pm | Event: 3pm-5.45pm followed by a drinks and networking reception


Development Forums provide an opportunity for participants from the cultural, public and private sector to engage and share best practice. This event is open to both members and non-members of Arts & Business Scotland.

Topic in Focus: Capital Fundraising

Alan Horn, Director of Development, The Glasgow School of Art

The accidental fundraiser’s guide to enjoying Capital fundraising

Having established the Scottish External Affairs Team for the UK’s largest charity for children and families, Alan then delivered the award-winning and innovative £12.7m Kelvingrove Refurbishment Appeal and established the successor Riverside Museum Appeal. Following an amazing couple of years at the Zoo (a proper job, not a euphemism for unemployment) he joined The Glasgow School of Art to develop and deliver a comprehensive fundraising strategy - including a £10m capital campaign to continue the transformation of the campus. Following the fire in The Mackintosh Building in 2014, he launched and leads the £32m Mackintosh Campus Appeal to return it to the heart of a rejuvenated Campus.

Alan will tell some stories and share a few thoughts about the journey so far……potentially including giraffes, pandas and Brad Pitt!!

Gill Poulter, Heritage Director, Dundee Heritage Trust

Big Ambition, big money, big achievement - Fundraising for the High Mill Project, Verdant Works, Dundee

Dundee Heritage Trust (DHT) had a reasonable track record in fundraising but the High Mill project was their most expensive and ambitious project to date and required the organisation to move up a gear to secure the funds required. The HLF in Scotland gave DHT nigh on their maximum grant of £1.895 million with the remaining £1 million coming from 24 other funders.

To tell us the story of this significant achievement for a small charity, Gill will run through some key learning points and top tips for similar fundraising projects.

Sponsorship Story

We also pleased to announce that our sponsorship story will be on the ongoing developing partnership between National Galleries of Scotland and Aegon UK. From the initial sponsorship of the MC Escher exhibition matched by a New Arts Sponsorship Grant to most recent sponsorship  from The Goldfinch (a flying visit from iconic painting).


Free for Arts & Business Scotland members
£10+VAT for non-members

Includes refreshments throughout the afternoon, with a drinks and networking reception after the sessions have finished.