Arts and Business Scotland are delighted to invite you to a digital launch event on 27 January 2021 from 14.45 to 17.00, announcing the programme ‘Building Capacity : Developing Skills’, a three-year programme funded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). 

This webinar will share the results and learning from a survey Arts and Business Scotland conducted in November 2020, where they asked heritage and arts organisations to reflect on their development needs in the areas of governance, EDI (Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion), business engagement, community engagement, income generation and staff/volunteer wellbeing.

Arts and Business Scotland will also present an outline of the networking, training, knowledge transfer events and other opportunities that they plan to deliver in response to the needs defined in the survey findings, as part of the three-year ‘Building Capacity : Developing Skills’ programme.

In the second half of the webinar, Arts and Business Scotland will bring together key strategic leaders from cross-sector development and supporting organisations. They will share their understanding of the value that Scotland’s heritage and arts organisations provide, the contribution they make to broader society and the opportunities they see for closer collaboration and partnership working with other non-culture sector partners.

Attending will be:

  • Andy Milne, Chief Executive at SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum
  • Naomi Shoba, Senior Arts, Music & Diversity Manager at Glasgow Life
  • Professor David Stevenson, Associate Director at the Centre for Cultural Value & Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management and Professor of Cultural Policy and Arts Management at Queen Margaret University
  • Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries at Highlands and Islands Enterprise

There will also be contribution from Historic Environment Scotland.

Following individual presentations, a panel discussion, led by Arts & Business Scotland’s Chief Executive David Watt, will consider the way forward for the sector and their respective organisation’s roles in ensuring that the sector is supported to thrive.

This event will be vital for all people working in heritage and arts in Scotland, who recognise the need for the sector to adapt and evolve, to respond to a changing funding and societal landscape that will be the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic.


To attend this online event, please register here – the log-on details will follow in an email prior to the event.

Please note this is not a SURF event. If you have any queries please contact Arts and Business Scotland directly.

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