Connecting with business and public sector in South of Scotland

Registration: 15.30 | Event 15.30 - 17.00



Connecting with business and public sector in South of Scotland - Finding common ground: How to develop effective creative partnerships

Digital Event | 6 September 2021 | 3.30pm

Building Capacity: Developing Skills (BCDS) is a new programme of networking, peer-to-peer learning, and training, delivered through regional and national forums and events. We’re delighted to share with you the first of a series of BCDS regional events that have been developed to support finding new ways of working as part of recovery and renewal from the coronavirus pandemic.

This event is for arts & heritage organisations, who want to better understand what benefits, value, and return on investment the business and public sectors are seeking through partnership working with the culture sector.

This aims to showcase the value, and to support the development of cross-sector partnerships, by demonstrating how these collaborations can help heritage and arts organisations based in South of Scotland to build capacity to meet their creative, economic, people and social objectives. This includes sharing live case study examples of cross sector partnerships that have received funding from the Culture and Business Fund Scotland.

The case studies of exemplar cross-sector partnership working will include examples of local partnerships and /or projects tackling challenges or opportunities that are relevant to the area. Sponsorship consultant Alice Samtoy will also provide a short provocative session on the power of partnerships, and the value and return that they can bring for all involved. There will also be an opportunity to network and ask questions.

Delivered through partnership with key local partners and agencies, this short digital event will provide organisations with information about the potential of creative partnership working with the business and public sectors – the mutual and reciprocal benefits as well as those for the wider local community.

The event will also present information gathered on the challenges faced by the business and public sectors, and share the findings of our recent research into the key challenges, development areas and opportunities that have been identified by stakeholders in South of Scotland.

The outcomes from discussions at breakout sessions will ascertain if there is a need and appetite to create a cross business and culture sector forum as a space to support a collective understanding of the development needs and opportunities in the region, and how Arts & Business Scotland might support this potential need.

Speakers at this event: 

As Artistic Director of Wigtown Book Festival, Adrian Turpin leads the artistic and strategic development of Wigtown Festival Company. The festival offers a range of opportunities for businesses to engage, some of which have been supported by the Culture and Business Scotland Fund. He’s joining the conversation to talk about his approach to strategic creative partnerships.

Alex McQuiston is the Director of Absolute Classics, which provides a year-round programme of the world’s finest music, including a summer festival, educational work and concert series in the south of Scotland. Partnership working has been vital in the development of the festival and Alex will be sharing his experience and approaches in looking after creative partnerships with businesses that are mutually beneficial for Absolute Classics, the business and the community.  

Alice Samtoy is a regular consultant and trainer with Arts & Business Scotland and a corporate partnerships expert with significant experience in creating business partnerships for the cultural sector. With over £8m of partnership-value delivered, 14 years of industry experience, and three academic degrees, she has deep professional knowledge and expertise in creating meaningful, creative and innovative partnerships between companies and culture organisations. Alice will share the core principles of partnership working, looking at best-practice when it comes to finding and proposing creative collaborations.

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