Secretary Vacancy

Do you want to help shape the future of art and culture in South Ayrshire? This is an exciting opportunity to develop and utilise your skills to help support a small charity and take part in shaping its future development.

We are seeking applications from individuals to become a Trustee and Secretary of the South Ayrshire Arts Partnership SCIO. Our objectives are to promote the following outcomes:

  • Arts, culture, and creative industries enhance the lives of people in South Ayrshire, with access to arts and cultural activities for all communities.
  • Creative practitioners are attracted to South Ayrshire because of its commitment to becoming and remaining a high quality artistic and cultural base.
  • Young people in South Ayrshire are inspired to become and to remain involved in artistic work and cultural activities of all kinds.


This is an important role as you will be responsible for overseeing procedures for the operation of the board, therefore we are seeking applications from people with a knowledge of administrative procedures. Please note that this is a voluntary role.

To apply: Please send expressions of interest together with a C.V. to:

Laura Kerr: 01292 616421 Cultural Planning Dept, 5-9 High Street, Ayr KA7 1LU.


AGM Calling Notice

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22 June at 7pm in Ayrshire College, Ayr Campus.

Guest Speaker: Katharine Wheeler from The Stove Network.

The Ayrshire College End of Year Show will be on display.

The election of new new office bearers will take place. A nomination form can be obtained by contacting Joan Elliott: or 01292 616273. Nominations must be received by Thursday 15 June 2017.

img_3586Rural Arts Network Event, Queens Hotel, Girvan Thursday 19 January 2017 7pm-9m

What would help you as an artist in South Carrick?

We all want South Ayrshire to be a creative and vibrant place to live, where communities are imaginative and inspired and creative practitioners can maintain an enjoyable and sustainable career. With this key point in mind, South Ayrshire Arts Partnership (SAAP) invites creative practitioners living or working in South Carrick to share their views and ideas on what form and function a South Carrick Rural Arts Network could take that would be of greatest help to you, as a rural based creative.

Creative Scotland will attend the event to give information on current activity within the Arts in Scotland and South Ayrshire Council will be on hand to provide updates regarding the aims and focus of the South Ayrshire Place Partnership and what has been achieved so far.

The event will also present an opportunity to meet other creative practitioners in your area, make connections and possibly explore avenues for collaboration! SAAP will offer ongoing support to develop and deliver an action plan that is tailored to meet the needs and priorities of local rural creative practitioners.

AGM Guest Speaker James Knox

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 14 March, 6pm at the University of the West of Scotland Ayr Campus.

James Knox, Chair of Ayr Renaissance, will attend as a guest speaker. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear about plans for Ayr Town Centre and to discuss the role of arts and culture within the town.

There will also be a resolution to convert the South Ayrshire Arts Partnership from an Association to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation and the election of new office bearers.

The AGM is open to all and there is no requirement to book in advance, however it would be useful if you could confirm your attendance for catering purposes. Please contact Rachael Dodds on or 01292 612465 to confirm your attendance or request a nomination form.



SAAP and Creative Learning Networking Session Today

The event on this first Tuesday of March (today!) featuring Chaz Bonar is this month’s SAAP & CLN get together. It is being held in Hipshot Theatre’s venue to give space for Chaz who is a dancer, but also for everyone to have a chance to see the space and meet Chris Taylor from Hipshot. Chris is happy to host exhibitions in his venue and Chaz is a dancer so we thought it would be a great combination for you all to see how versatile this space is and to talk with Chris as to opportunities for collaborative working!

So, to recap. First Tuesday of the month CLN get together will NOT be at the Mercure Hotel this month but instead be at:

42 Alloway Street Ayr KA7 1SH
4pm – 6pm

(This is the old Leader offices at the entrance into the Arran Mall, upstairs.
Please note, access is by stair, there is no lift facility at present.)

What Is Creative Learning and Why Is It Important?

*Please note this session is now fully booked*


South Ayrshire Council Cultural Planning offers a workshop with international educationalist Paul Collard of Creativity, Culture and Education centred round the question of:

“What is creative learning and why is it important?”

Murdo Fraser MSP said:

“With an annual turnover estimated at over £12 billion and almost 130,000 people working in the creative industries sector there is no doubt that this is a sector that punches well above its weight.”

From advertising and architecture to software and writing; from clothes design to game design, the impetus has never been stronger for the youth of Scotland to not only THINK creatively, but to LEARN creatively.

In this 3hr experience participants will gain knowledge and understanding of how a creative approach in all areas of youth work and education can widen, enhance and improve experiences and outcomes for young people while at the same time exploring questions of what a “creative approach” is, and indeed, of what the definition of “creative” or “creative industries” in respect of career might, in fact, be.

Date: Thursday December 10th

Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

 County Hall. County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1DR


RSVP:  by Friday 4th December please.


Paul Collard is the Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE). His company offers a range of services aimed at helping to unlock the creativity of children and young people, including programme design and consultancy, research and professional development.  They are also an expert advisor to the European Commission and are active in a number of international co-operation projects.

CCE is a winner of a 2011 WISE Award from the Qatar-based World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Foundation.  The award recognised CCE’s Creative Partnerships programme, which has worked with over 1 million children across more than 4,000 schools across England since 2002, developing the skills of young people, raising their aspirations and opening up new opportunities. Read more at
RSVP: by Friday 4th December please


Calling All Young Artists

Are you an Ayrshire artist aged 25 or under ? Want to sell your work?

The Ayrshire Youth Arts Network can help! They are running a stall at Tamfest on 31st October, selling art and crafts produced by local young artists .

If you’re interested in getting involved please contact Grant F Kidd:
call: 07734703083 or 01294 273 051

It’s free to get involved and you’ll keep 100% of your sales!