Cultural and Tourism January 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the January newsletter.

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you’ve all had chance to stop and enjoy time with family and friends over the winter break. 

Please remember to send me updates for the next Newsletter and Senscot bulletins and remember you can post events and jobs on the Senscot website.


Senscot Update

Over the past year we have been involved in various discussions about social enterprises that are delivering health & well-being outcomes through creative and cultural activities.  We would like to hear more about the work that you are doing and ask could you please fill out this short surveyI promise it’s very short and will help us gain a better understanding and help us further promote the great work you do.

This morning I visited Cultural and Tourism SEN member Bannockburn House for a tour and a chat about all the work they’re doing.  With over 500 volunteers, the community has come a long way in turning this wonderful house into an asset for all.  I just happened to witness the returning of the Stirling City Key- “In 1902, a key was found hidden in a recess in the wall of the bedroom. The key is said to be the key from Stirling Port Gate, given to Prince Charles after the surrender of Stirling on 6th January 1746. This key is currently on display in the Smith Museum and Art Gallery in Stirling”. For more information on the Key and Bannockburn House itself see here.

Thinking of a café for your social enterprise or already have one?  Check out the first two in a series of briefings: 

  • Scenario 1 – looks at using an external provider to operate the café
  • Scenario 2 – looks at operating the café in-house both as a means of providing employability opportunities and a hub within the local community.

Tourism & Heritage

The Scottish Tourism Alliance have announced their line up for the STA Signature Conference – Scotland, Delivering 21st Century Tourism as part of Scottish Tourism Month.  With sustainability as the thread of the whole conference, The National Tourism Strategy will be launched and how it will be delivered will be up for discussion.

Well done to the social enterprises and community owned organisations that will benefit from the £5m award for Highlands and Islands tourism.  See more here.

Creative Industries

Cultural SEN member Open Aye featured in Herald & Edinburgh Evening News recently.  Read about their project Wellbeing Of the Woods- using creativity in outdoor settings, to enhance people’s wellbeing. Open Aye have also been working with Shelter Scotland and groups of people with the experience of homelessness to compile an exhibition of work which was on show in Glasgow before Christmas, is in Morningside just now and will travel to Aberdeen in early February.  Check out twitter for project updates: @open_aye

In October Findhorn Bay Arts was awarded Open Funding from Creative Scotland to support a new artist in residency project for the Forres area.  The new 12 month programme of interconnected arts projects and multi-art residencies will respond to themes of place and regeneration offering space for reflection, connection and exploration through artist led conversation.  Applications close today– see here for more information.

Luminate Scotland and Scottish Care have shared the evaluation report of the Bandrum arts in care pilot. Luminate has identified ways of working that are particularly impactful when working with people living with dementia.

The Arts for Every Child: why arts education is a social justice issue.

Glasgow comes out a UK winner in the Cultural & Creative Cities Monitor

Funding & Opportunities

Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund.

Historic Environment Scotland has introduced new expression of interest process for all grant applicants The change is to ensure that applicants receive consistent advice, giving them the best possible chance of success and to speed up the process. Information about all available grants can be found here.  The expression of interest form is located within the ‘How to Apply’ section of each programme- you can submit a form at any time and they aim is to respond within 10 working days.

Screen Scotland: Cinema Equipment Fund and  development programme A Cinema Near You

Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme Funding for host organisations looking to take on a creative fellowship by hosting paid, year-long Creative Fellowship.

Create:Inclusion Fund Open fund to support anyone who feels they have faced barriers in developing their creative careers – particularly relating to any of the recognised protected characteristics in the 2010 Equality Act.


Tender for Framework Agreement for Videography Services by University of Dundee

Film Talent Development 2020-2022: Call for delivery partner

Filmmaker – Shared Collective Heritage, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust

Interpretation Design Consultant – Tender, Capital Theatres

Evaluation of A Cinema Near You, Regional Screen Scotland

Future Paisley Exhibition, Renfrewshire Council

SCAN Website Tender, Scottish Contemporary Art Network

Contemporary Art Commissioning, Historic Environment Scotland

Film Talent Development Delivery Partner sought, Screen Scotland and the BFI

River Cafe Tender, Timespan Museum and Arts


For events run by and for social enterprises See here

You can submit events to our website- links will be included in all the thematic newsletters and the weekly bulletin.

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