RSA Borders and MCICH Networks Event

Fellowship Event


Trinity Centre, Melrose

  • Creative economy
  • Communities
  • Fellowship

Join the RSA Fellows' Borders and MCICH Networks to hear from three exciting speakers working in the area of outreach.

Come along to hear from Colin Bradie (Creative Scotland), and Robin Baillie and Richie Cumming (National Galleries of Scotland), and for an opportunity to socialise, share experiences, spark ideas, and support initiatives that can transform our places and people’s lives.

Tea and coffee will be available from 5.15pm. This event is free to attend. Fellows and non-Fellows are welcome, but please do register your attendance via the link at the top of the page.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Packard FRSA: [email protected].

Please note the Trinity Centre (on the B6394) is wheelchair accessible. Parking is in nearby streets such as Ormiston Terrace and Ormiston Gardens. There is a bus stop immediately outside the Centre which connects with bus services to and from Tweedbank and/or the Transport Interchange in Galashiels.

To let us know of any access requirements or reasonable adjustments you have, please email the RSA team: [email protected].

Location: Trinity Centre, 20 High Cross Avenue, Melrose TD6 9SU

About the speakers...

Colin Bradie will speak on Creative Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy. He trained at ARTTS International in North Yorkshire, going on to work in children’s theatre in the South of England. He then moved to the Western Highlands as an Outreach Drama Worker for Eden Court Theatre. He established and led Edinburgh’s Lyceum Youth Theatre for 6 years and has subsequently worked in youth theatre across the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, and the USA. Colin led the national development of the youth theatre sector as CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland for 10 years, moving to Creative Scotland in 2013 to manage the delivery of Time to Shine - Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy.

Robin Baillie has, since 2001, been the Senior Outreach Officer in the Education Department, devising the outreach programme and managing the Outreach Team at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Slade School of Art (PG), he lectured in contextual studies at Edinburgh College of Art from 1995 to 2000, and his research interests include how art collections represent historical experience, collaborative art practice, and community engagement. Robin has contributed the article 'Mirrors: Prison Portraits' to the Prison Service Journal (Spring 2014), and another for Engage 31 on The Nation//Live, and has written the catalogues for both these exhibition staged at NGS. Robin led the Outreach Team to deliver The UNTITLED, a two year project developing young people’s creativity in visual art which was exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

Richie Cumming has spent over a decade working in, producing, and developing creative environments and scenarios that encourage participation in art production. These projects provide opportunities for participants and viewers to explore social, cultural, and historical events through a variety of creative processes. Project content is tailored to the needs, interests, and abilities of participants. He says he has worked “with all sorts of folk, from young parents and toddlers to the long retired, but the majority of projects have involved working with teenagers; in schools, community centres, street work and young offenders institutes”. He also acts regularly as a DJ and exhibits and creates artwork under a variety of guises. He is a founding member of the Blameless collective of artists.

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