We're delighted to welcome the following members to Arts & Business Scotland.
Upland is a bold, rurally-based visual art and craft development organisation working across Dumfries & Galloway. Alongside its flagship event, Spring Fling Open Studios, Upland delivers a year round programme of creative projects, including residencies and exhibitions. As a membership organisation Upland works to support artists and makers, aiming to provide a network for learning and sharing which connects creative practitioners to each other as well as their surrounding communities.
The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy is iconic and its position in the corner of the town’s main square reflects its position within the community. It is open all year, with a state of the art cinema, a vibrant café bar and activities that provide a focus for the local economy especially in the winter months.
Deveron Projects is a socially engaged arts organisation based in Huntly, Scotland. They connect artists, communities and places through creative research and engagement. 'The town is the venue' describes the framework in which they work and contribute to the social wellbeing of their town. This is to say, they do not have a gallery or arts centre; instead the town is the playground, stage and meeting place for their activities. They inhabit, explore, map and activate the place through artist driven projects, events and residencies.
Sorcha Dallas Gray
Sorcha is custodian of The Alasdair Gray Archive which exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of one of Scotland’s most significant cultural polymaths of the 20th century, and through his legacy support young people and other individuals to fulfil their potential in the creative sector and beyond.
Angela is CEO and founder of Lineup Studios, a creative packaging agency that conceptualise and realise beautiful structures and graphics. Angela fosters creative partnerships between luxury malt whisky brands and artists to communicate heritage and legacy through compelling new product design, carefully nurturing relationships and projects from idea generation to production.
Led by composer and conductor, Sir James MacMillan, The Cumnock Tryst is an award-winning arts organisation which has now evolved from a four-day international festival into a year-round producer of concerts, events and engagement opportunities for local, national and international audiences, musicians and participants.
Since 1931 our love for Scotland has fuelled our desire to protect the things that make it special. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we encourage people to connect with the things that make Scotland unique while protecting them for future generations.
The Touring Network supports, represents and connects a vibrant community of independent promoters and performers who present high-quality live performance across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland - transforming remote community spaces into cultural centres and performances venues.
New Music Scotland
NMS is a network of creators, performers, producers, promoters and listeners who believe in the importance and value of creating new music in Scotland. Working closely with our members we connect, enable and support the making of innovative and experimental new music. We believe new music comes from many different cultural traditions and musical practices and the intrinsic value of new music creation for everyone.
Strange Town is a performing arts company for 5-25 year-olds. It fosters creativity, nurtures talent and increases access to the arts for over 3500 young people in Edinburgh annually. Strange Town offers six strands of activity: Youth Theatre, Young Company, Outreach, Employment & Training, New Writing, Agency
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust works to rescue, repair and restore historic buildings, returning them to use in their communities. Since 1982 they have completed 23 capital projects, including Castlemilk Stables, St Andrews in the Square and Kelvingrove Bandstand. They organise Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival, which attracts 75k visits each year.
The Cheyne Gang
The Cheyne Gang is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation established by Practice Nurses to create ‘singing for breathing’ groups in Scotland for people with long term lung conditions that cause debilitating and distressing breathlessness. Singing and practising natural breathing techniques leads to positive physical, mental and social health benefits.
Regional Screen Scotland
Regional Screen Scotland works to enable more people, in more places to share great screen experiences. They own and operate the Screen Machine mobile cinema which has toured the Highlands and Islands since 1998, and they work with a range of partners, national and local, to help to develop new cinema provision, from DVD-based clubs to full-time cinemas. In June 2019 they launched A Cinema Near You, a two year programme, with a budget of £500,000, to address gaps in screen provision in areas of greatest need across Scotland.
Scottish Poetry Library
The Scottish Poetry Library is one of a very few organisations worldwide dedicated to collecting and lending poetry books and hosting performance events. The SPL also supports classroom activity along with the provision of online curriculum resources. Improving literacy, health and wellbeing and intercultural dialogue are growing areas of partnership development.
A charity established in 1982, GMAC Film is an open access media centre that delivers a creative and artistic programme for everyone interested in film, regardless of age, background or income. Through its creative hub in Glasgow's city centre, it also provides free and affordable resources for the wider community.
Vanishing Point Theatre Company
Vanishing Point is an independent theatre company based in Glasgow, internationally recognised and acclaimed for its innovative and experimental new work. Vanishing Point creates original new theatre, fusing text, design, music, sound and vision. Current and recent work include The Dark Carnival: Unplugged (Current); The Dark Carnival (2019); Tabula Rasa (2017); Bluebeard’s Castle & The 8th Door (2017).
The RSPB are the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe. They have over 1.2 million members and together they give nature a home. Although they're the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, they help lots of other wildlife too — making ideal habitats for birds also benefits other creatures.
The Stove Network
The Stove Network uses arts and creativity to encourage, gather, educate and bring life back to our town centre. They’re a café, meeting place and arts venue with a diverse programme of music, literature, visual and public art, film, heritage and theatre to town planning and architecture. They value the arts as a vital contribution to society on all fronts.
with YOU is a charity that provides social care support to people. They actively encourage involvement in the arts through collaboration with theatre, film and documentary makers and artists. With creative input, the participation of people they support and staff enables significant positive outcomes for everyone involved.
Scottish Society for the History of Photography
Established in 1983, the Scottish Society for the History of Photography promote an inter-disciplinary and open-minded approach to the study of photography. They support research in both Scottish and international photography as well as wider appreciation of and engagement with the art form. They believe that Scotland has made an enormous contribution to the development of photography from its origins in the early 19th century to the present day. They also publish two journals – Studies in Photography each year.
Theatre Gu Leòr
Theatre Gu Leòr is a contemporary Scottish Gaelic theatre company showcasing the best in new Gaelic playwriting. From their base in Glasgow they bring Gaelic theatre to a wide and diverse audience across Scotland with at least one touring production each year, alongside a programme of professional development opportunities, STARAN, and our Creative Learning programme.
Davidson Chalmers is a leading independent Scottish law firm providing practical and commercial advice to businesses and organisations, large and small, across Scotland and beyond. Their specialist legal experts are recognised as leaders in their fields, delivering pragmatic and innovative solutions to help their clients achieve their business objectives.
Applied Arts Scotland
Applied Arts Scotland SCIO is membership organisation run ‘by makers for makers’ giving an authentic, collective and professional voice for the sector. They facilitate tangible benefits currently piloting Shared Creative Modern Apprenticeships and as part of British Council Crafting Futures programme developing maker exchanges with practitioners in Thailand and Mexico.
Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies built around the artistic work of choreographer Natasha Gilmore. The company produces high-quality, accessible performances which tour nationally and internationally. Alongside their professional work, they produce exceptional participatory projects; the two are interdependent with each inspiring the other.
WHALE Arts is a voluntary organisation providing access to the arts for people of all ages in Wester Hailes and across South West Edinburgh for the last 26 years. The WHALE Arts Centre is a unique community asset that provides a range of high quality creative spaces and community facilities.
Centre for Contemporary Arts
CCA is Glasgow’s hub for the arts. Their year-round programme includes exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance. CCA has an open-source approach to programming and work with a growing number of partners to whom they offer space to programme their own events.
Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce
Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) is an independent, not-for-profit private company, working to create a better business environment for their members and Scottish & Chinese companies, culture and arts professionals and to provide support services in all aspects. They are also the organiser of Edinburgh Chinese Arts & Culture Festival.
Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust
Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust are now over 25 years old. As a mature social enterprise OOTB enliven and animate 5 buildings in Edinburgh. Since 1994 over 2 million people have come through their doors to work, create, exhibit, perform, eat, drink, dance, teach and learn.
Trellis is the national charity for therapeutic gardening in Scotland, established in 2006. They support over 450 groups who help people improve their lives through gardening, providing training, information services, demonstration sessions, an annual conference and site visits. They disseminate research findings and represent the voice of their network.
National Mining Museum Scotland
Based at the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange, NMMS preserves and manages Scotland's national coal mining heritage- a Recognised Collection of National Significance. They are a 5* visitor attraction offering outstanding guided tours, permanent and temporary exhibitions and education activities for the benefit of visitors and the local community.
The Abbotsford Trust cares for the extraordinary home and collections of author and poet Sir Walter Scott in the Scottish Borders. At Abbotsford, Scott created a ‘novel in stone and mortar’, a place where fact and fiction collide, and The Trust continues to inspire, inform and engage audiences in his life and legacy.