Call out | CABN Advocate for Crafts

Deadline for applications:  Monday 19th November 2018, 5pm

Scottish Borders: January 2019-March 2020

CABN is looking for a new Advocate for Crafts.

CABN has a team of Advocates covering the following sectors/areas of work:

Visual Arts • Craft • Literature • Public Art & Community Engagement • Music • Creative Services

• Place Making & Collaborations – incorporating Performing Arts 

The Advocate’s role will be to work closely with the other 6 CABN advocates, to provide input to and support the CABN programme of events and training, and by building links and networks to raise the profile of and opportunities around Crafts in the Scottish Borders.

Key to this role is that the Advocate is running their own business and is active within the crafts sector, so understands the dynamics, demands, challenges and opportunities within their field.  The role and hours are flexible, and the contract is offered on a freelance basis, allowing for the individual to work this role into their own professional life, and to be responsive to opportunities that arise.

The timescales for the post are between January 2019 – March 2020.

12 days are allocated for individual Advocate days within this period, (6 days per annum, @ £175 per day plus expenses).  The  Advocate’s work programme will be jointly developed and agreed between the Advocate and Mary Morrison (Creative Leader, CABN).

CABN has recently received 2 year funding from Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding scheme to enable a programme of activity and events between now and 2020.  This is an exciting time to join the CABN team.

We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, well  informed,  and is a ‘bigger picture thinker’.

For further information and details on how to apply and to download the application form please visit the Opportunities section of the CABN website.

Please contact Mary Morrison on 01750 726400 or mob 07789 944993 if you would like to informally discuss the role and your application or have any questions.  Alternatively you can e-mail Mary on


About CABN

CABN (Creative Arts Business Network) is part of the Creative Communities Team, Live Borders and develops the professional creative sector in the Scottish Borders through a diverse programme of support, and seeks to strengthen the sector by working towards longer term strategic goals.

Although the focus of CABN is on creative micro-businesses across all artforms, it also engages with, and provides support to sectoral organisations and community groups, and works with a range of partners to develop further opportunities.

CABN supports primarily through its core function as a Network – providing information relevant to the creative sector through the CABN website, weekly e-bulletin and Social Media:  Facebook and Twitter.  Also through:

  • Advice & Support – over the phone, face to face
  • Bespoke Training & Events programme
  • Developing opportunities and projects – eg residencies, grant award schemes for Visual Artists and Craft Makers
  • Focus on supporting the development of creative spaces – venues and workspaces
  • Advocating for the sector locally and nationally and raising the visibility of the sector more widely
  • Partnership working – with local and national organisations

CABN creates opportunities for the sector to come together – fostering connections, knowledge exchange and collaboration, developing skills, ambition, leadership and capacity.   CABN raises the visibility of the sector in the region, enabling an understanding of the value of the sector – including its economic impacts – through advocacy, case studies and sharing best practice.

CABN is staffed by a part time (28 hrs per week) Creative Leader, Mary Morrison and a CABN Social Media and Projects Assistant Felicity Bristow (18 hours per week).

Key to the work of CABN are the Advocates  –  experienced practitioners in their fields who inform the design and the delivery of the CABN project.


CABN 2018-20

Live Borders has recently secured funding through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding to deliver EVOLVE – an ambitious programme of support to the creative sector in the Scottish Borders over the next 2 years, to be delivered through CABN.   The funding will enable us to provide a range of professional development support to individual businesses and organisations and to develop projects and new initiatives.   Alongside a bespoke programme of training and networking events complementing the work of other agencies and groups, the EVOLVE project will include:

  • Small practice grants across a range of artforms
  • Go and See fund
  • Showcasing  – including development of online blogs and case studies and bursaries to designer/makers to show work at national and international showcases
  • Mentoring schemes, including the development of peer mentoring initiatives
  • Literature Support Programme targeted at mid career writers with professional ambition and encompassing screen writing, self-editing and support to access on-line courses
  • Creative Labs – including a collaborative ‘words and music’ residency
  • Support to creative hub, workspace and facilities development
  • Working with partners to support young people and progression into creative careers, including apprenticeships
  • Reviewing and evolving the CABN model
  • Establishing a new Creative Industries Working Group for the region
  • Imaginative partnerships around health & wellbeing, regeneration and placemaking

CABN also continues to administer and support the South of Scotland Visual Artist & Craft Maker Awards, in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council, Upland and DG Unlimited.

Image Credit: Textiles by Victoria Swales

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