Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – September 2019

Welcome to the September newsletter

Our SE Conference, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance, will be taking place on 25th/26th November 2019 – again at the Westerwood Hotel. Last week, we announced that Neil McInroyCentre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) – will be one of our keynote speakers. Here’s the draft programme for the two-day event – focusing on community wealth and wellbeing – and the opportunities and challenges for local social/community enterprises. We are now accepting bookings – see booking form – and will be populating the event page over the coming weeks.

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

There are still a few spaces left on the Community Learning Exchange to Reachout With Arts in Mind in Clackmannanshire on Thursday 26th September. Reachout With Arts In Mind is an innovative and inclusive award winning charity which delivers creative opportunities, education and wellbeing to local communities experiencing life’s challenges, mental ill health and disability. Using expressive arts as the vehicle; the service delivery model promotes informed wellbeing choices and mental health awareness to maintain wellbeing and prevent relapse. Please book here

The next CPG on Culture– Collaborate Culture: Meeting the challenges of person-centred healthcare, is on 8th October.  For more information and to book see here.

And as we’re focussing on health and culture at the moment- see this article from the highlighted by Culture Counts Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer: Culture Can Be Good for Our Health

The SE Census 2019 was launched last week by the Cabinet Secretary at CEIS’ SE Policy and Practice Conference in Glasgow.  Some interesting figures for culture, creative and tourism social enterprises:

  • 816 social enterprises in Arts & Creative Industries, up 15% from 2015
  • 365 social enterprises in Tourism, Heritage & Festivals, up 50% from 2015
  • 318 social enterprises in Sport & Leisure, up 39% from 2015
  • 138 social enterprises in Food, Catering & Hospitality, up 77% from 2015

(Murton Farm, Sept ember 2019)
I went along to Murton Farm last week as the Angus Leader ‘Flourishing Destinations’ project welcomed 30 partners and participants from Belgium and Romania to talk community-led tourism .  To read more about the project see here.

Tourism & Heritage

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival welcome Myles Murray and Vivien Rae as Co-Chairs of the Festival’s organising committee.  The co-chair appointments come following the untimely passing of Roger Goodyear MBE earlier this year, and the recent resignation of Keith Newton, who will now focus efforts on overseeing the Festival’s parent organisation, Portsoy Community Enterprise.  For more see here.

HES asked us to share a ‘hold the date’ for their Making Places, Connecting People, Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2019 at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre on Saturday 9th November 2019. 

The next CPG on Tourism is on Wednesday 11 September at 6pm and will be a joint meeting with the CPG on Scotch Whisky.  For more information and to attend see here.

Contribute to the Scottish Government Consultation on The Principles of a Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax.

Update on Scotland’s Next Tourism Strategy

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network have joined forces with Geotourist to launch the ‘Discovering Social Enterprise in Edinburgh’ tour.  Contact – for more information.

Results of the Tourism Industry Barometer for the second quarter of 2019 are now available at a national, regional, sub-regional and sectoral level. See  Research and insights

Creative Industries

The Cultural Enterprise Office have launched the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club, a collaborative members’ community built for creatives, by creatives. Members will have access to great features including one-to-ones with our expert advisors, exclusive events at discounted prices, monthly newsletters and resources and a fantastic networking community.    The team are also delivering series of training programmes called Design Your Practice

Perth Creative Exchange, due to open this Autumn, is Wasps’ 20th building in Scotland, and first studio building in this area. a £4.5m partnership project between Wasps and Perth and Kinross Council, Perth Creative Exchange is transforming the former St John’s School building to create Perth’s first ‘creative hub’ – an inspiring home for artists, makers, creative industry professionals and the general public. To find out more or enquire about letting an artist studio or workspace for creative industries and cultural social enterprises please see here.

Articulate Hub have been working with young people to create their e-zine Culture 360

Creative Scotland Staff are “out and about” in the coming weeks, to ask questions about funding.  Representatives of Creative Scotland will, collectively, be out and talking about funding in in Alloa on 18 September, Elgin on 1 October and Inverness on 1 November.  Creative Scotland will also be taking part in a series of roadshows throughout September to talk about the VACMA programme and funding support for visual artists and craft makers in Dundee: (11 September);

North Lanarkshire (12 September); Aberdeen (12 September); Renfrewshire (13 September); Borders (17 September); Perth (17 September); Inverness (18 September) and Falkirk (25 September).

Check out the The Cash for Culture Guide–  help for voluntary-led cultural groups to navigate the funding landscape.

Funding & Opportunities

Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance
Screen Scotland: Film Education Partnership Fund
Screen Scotland: Film Festivals Fund
Screen Scotland: Distribution and Exhibition Fund
Screen Scotland: Market and Festival Attendance Fund
Community Ideas Fund
A Cinema Near You
Culture and Business Fund 

Scottish Clans & Historical Figures Event Fund

The Circle Academy

Historic Environment Scotland has announced the most recent successful recipients of £182,543 awarded through their Historic Environment Support Fund.  The Historic Environment Support Fund is used to support various one-off, heritage-related projects in Scotland. The applications are open throughout the year and are considered in three batches. The next closing date is 30 November 2019.

Applications are open for this year’s Good Ideas programme– Deadlines soon.


Teenas Shed. Design & Build a sustainable studio

Conservator – Shared Collective Heritage, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust

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


Creative Edinburgh are celebrating the city’s creative community at their annual Awards.  They’ll award 9 prizes on the night, ranging from The Social Award, championing those projects which have impacted on Edinburgh’s creative community, to The Leadership Award, celebrating those individuals who act as a mentor and pioneer to the wider community.  For more information and to attend see here.

To see the huge number of events run by members of the networks 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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