Perspectives on Arts, Culture and Heritage

Fellowship Event

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Melrose, Scotland

Please join us for this fascinating RSA event, exploring perspectives on arts, culture and heritage.

For this event, the RSA Fellows' MCICH and Borders Networks will engage with, and host, the local Cultural Forum. This event is open to RSA fellows, members of the Cultural forum and their guests, subject to availability due to capacity.

In this event, Benny Higgins will outline his interest and involvement in arts and music, and how they are of social and economic benefit. Jackie Brierton will discuss different aspects of the growth of networks and small businesses in rural areas. The Agenda for the meeting will also include an update on Cultural Forum affairs, as well as an update on CABN (Creative Arts Business Network).

Based in Perthshire, Jackie Brierton has been CEO of GrowBiz since 2012, and has been involved in the organisation since 2007. She is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Women's Enterprise Scotland, and has served on the National Council of Rural Advisors. She also has had DTi involvement in women’s enterprise policy. She was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to enterprise.

Resident in the Borders, Benny Higgins’ career within the finance sector has ranged from Standard Life to RBS, and from HBOS to taking the helm at Tesco Bank. He was very involved in the creation of SNIB, and has chaired the Scottish Government Advisory Group on post Covid economic recovery. He is the executive chairman of Buccleuch. His interest in arts, culture and heritage is demonstrated by chairmanship of National Galleries of Scotland, Sistema Scotland, the Edinburgh Fringe Society and The Fine Art Society. He is also on the board of The Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

Tea and Coffee will be available from 5.45pm. The Trinity Centre is accessible for disabled attendees, and close to bus stops to and from Galashiels and other towns. It may also be reached via a brisk 15’ walk from Tweedbank Station. Cost free parking is available in adjacent streets. In the interest of all, attendees are requested to ensure they please take a Covid test on the day of the event. Please note, there will be no last minute walk ins if capacity is already reached.

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