Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – May 2018

Welcome to the May newsletter

I hope your all having an industrious springtime and still managing to enjoy the sunshine.

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

In the last newsletter I included the links to the new Scottish Government Social Enterprise Census– this is another reminder to please take part.  Thank you to those who have already filled in the survey. Here’s what we found last time.  Join thousands of other others standing up to be counted.

For those of you that missed Aidan’s Debut in What an Enterprising Idea: Mythbusting Social Enterprises

Tourism & Heritage

Sruighlea Festival 2019 have launched a competition to join the line-up for Stirling’s annual cultural outdoor event, which returns to Stirling Sports Village for its second year on Saturday 17th August at Stirling Highland Games.  For more information see here.

Well done to the Rockfield Centre in Oban who have begun their capital works.  They are extending an invite to an open day that will be held on Friday 10th May.  This is an opportunity to meet the team behind the project and see their plans- great opportunity for anyone embarking on a similar path!

The Scottish Thistle Awards 2019/20 are open for entries.  Visit Scotland have put together this top tips video.

The South of Scotland Economic Partnership have announced a series of community events.  For more information see here.

A leading blogger is helping her virtual visitors learn more about Fife’s accessible tourism offering following a trip to the region last month.  For more information see here.

Creative Industries

Creative Stirling and local ceramicist Hannah MacKintosh are launching a £5000 Crowdfunder UK campaign at Hey Clay! – an annual event organised by Scottish Potters Association, supported by the BBC’s Get Creative initiative.  The Campaign will help establish a community ceramic studio at the new Stirling city centre creative hub at 44 King Street, it will be equipped with a kiln for experienced potters to use and will also host ceramic classes for the public, with Hannah on hand for any help potters may need.  Watch out on social media for more information.

Screen Argyll are keen to hear from fellow exhibitors in Argyll, share ideas and find ways of working together.  Join them at the Argyll Exhibitor Forum, Oban Phoenix Cinema on the 15th May.  For more information contact Screen Argyll are also working with Oban Phoenix Cinema, Campbeltown Picture House, Dunoon Burgh Hall, the Discovery Cinema, Rothesay and the Isle of Tiree to celebrate women from the to celebrate women from the film archive with #RaisedVoices.  Check the events page on our website for listings

Well done to Regional Screen Scotland who, working in partnership with Film Hub Scotland, are being supported  by Screen Scotland to lead a programme of research, development and support to address gaps in cinema provision in communities across Scotland.  For more information see here.

Check out Findhorn Bay Festival 2018 Highlights & Outcomes video

Many SEN members have visited and learned from Out of the Blue over the years and I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating them on their 25th anniversary.

The Calm and Collected Museums and Galleries: The UK’s Untapped Wellbeing Resource? Study looks at the link between anxiety and visiting museums and galleries. The study gave seven participants the opportunity to visit museums and galleries on a regular basis and it outlines the resultant effect on their levels of anxiety and stress.


There are so many events submitted for the newsletter now that I can no longer fit them into the newsletter.  You can now submit events to our website- links will be included in all the thematic newsletters and the weekly bulletin.

Funding, Opportunities & Tenders​​​​​​​

Heritage Impact Fund– help communities across the UK find enterprising new ways to revitalise the old buildings they love.

Research Tender– Creative Scotland seeks a suitably qualified and experienced researcher/organisation to undertake research into ‘Local Government support for arts, culture and creative industries in Scotland’

CHARTS. LIVE STREAMING & FILMING CONTRACT– Argyll and Bute Council on behalf of CHARTS. (Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly Argyll and the Isles) are seeking to appoint a Live Streaming & Filming organisation or individual.

Experiential AI – Visual Identity Design– We are commissioning a partner to work with us to design a visual identity for a new initiative at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and University of Edinburgh: ‘Experiential AI’

Evaluation Partner – *extended deadline– Youth engagement, participatory/creative evaluation skills wanted to lead Evaluation of youth-led South Asian Heritage Fund project – Our Shared Cultural Heritage working in Glasgow and Manchester.

Don’t forget that you can view current and future tender opportunities on the P4P website.