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Create @ Tower Mill

With Create @ Tower Mill you have the opportunity to participate in performing art workshops and events that aim to have a positive impact on your wellbeing, develop your existing talents or just let you try something new.  

The workshops are all run by arts professionals in an informal and relaxed environment and open to anyone over 16.   

The Create @ Tower Mill workshops will be useful for anyone looking for a safe space and nurturing space to connect with other people and develop their creative skills. 

Many of the workshops will benefit people wishing to develop an existing interest in performing arts and progress to further education, opportunities, training or employment.  

We hope that whatever your interests, we can give you the confidence to get creative, find new ways to express yourself and tell you story, or just have some fun.  


With support from Creative Scotland’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, Heart of Hawick, Live Borders are looking to support one professional sound artist to produce audio pieces to be hosted in our virtual gallery.  Over a 3-month period the successful candidate will work with non-professional local writers and performers, collecting audio recordings of their work and producing sounds pieces linked to the theme of resilience.    

The artist will be given the freedom to develop their own practice, taking inspiration from the stories, poetry and reflections of our local contributors.  

 The role of the Digital Artist in Residence: 

The aim of this residency is to collaborate with local writers, taking their words from the page as an inspiration and starting point for creative audio soundscapes.   

  • Work with Arts & Creativity staff to generate audio and visual content for our virtual gallery space. 
  • To engage with the Arts & Creativity and Heart of Hawick team regularly throughout the duration of the residency. This also includes contributing to the evaluation and reporting process and feeding into a case study. 
  • Take an active role in developing and supporting events, which will be developed at Heart of Hawick during the residency by the Snr Creative Programming Officer, Jason Moyes 
  • To offer a programme of informal showing, talks and workshops during and at the end of the residency.   

Facilities at Heart of Hawick: 

  • Our theatre-style auditorium is accessed from ground level and first floor by a stair and lift, and available by arrangement as a space for recording interviews etc.    
  • An on-site technician and access to a range of audio recording equipment. 
  • Desk space within Heart of Hawick and access to computers with sound editing software if required. 
  • There is a small car park in the Civic Space for disabled blue badge holders. Free car parking is a short walk away.  
  • Accommodation is not included as part of the residency, however we can signpost you to local providers.  


The fee is 20 days for a fixed fee of £4,914 up to the end of April 2022. A separate budget is available for expenses. The appointment will be made to the successful artist on a freelance basis, having the status as self-employed and responsible for all tax liabilities and National Insurance contributions. 

 Application Process 

In no more than two sides of A4 please address the following questions: 

  • Tell us about your background and your artistic practice. 
  • Given the short duration of the residency, how you will approach this opportunity and what outcomes do you anticipate? 
  • Why do you want the residency? 
  • How will the residency benefit your practice? 
  • Any other relevant information you would like to share with us. 

Please attach your CV with links to audio examples of your work. Please also include the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact in relation to your application. 


  • Friday 17 December – opportunity goes live. 
  • Friday 7 January, 12 noon – deadline for submissions & shortlisting follows. 
  • w/c 17 January panel meets with those shortlisted (via Teams or Zoom) to discuss their submissions in more detail and to ask any questions about the residency.  Information will be provided about the panel in due course. 
  • By the end of January, the successful applicant will be notified and the Heart of Hawick Creative Team will work with the applicant to set-up the residency.  

Please send your application along with a completed diversity monitoring form to  no later than 12 noon, Friday 7 January. Please note that late expressions of interests will not accepted. For further information about our venue, please visit Heart of Hawick – Enjoy Great Days – Live Borders UK 

Senior Creative Programming Officer at Live Borders Jason Moyes will be available from Wednesday 5 January for additional information about this opportunity. He can be contact by email at or by phone on 07971 091 870 

Good luck with your application and thank you for your interest in our Create at Tower Mill Programme, Heart of Hawick.