ABOUT US

We advocate for the arts in Falkirk, connect and support member organisations and act as a forum for mutual help and advice.

History


In the summer of 1950 a group of people with an interest in the arts met in premises in Falkirk High Street. The subject of the discussion was how to promote The Arts in Falkirk. This meeting led to the formation of Falkirk & District Arts and Civic Council. The first chairman was Councillor James Middlemass.


For over fifty years the organisation has continued to support, promote and campaign for the Arts and an enhanced civic amenity for the Falkirk District. Although two local government boundary changes have taken place in the fifty years the fundamental principles remain constant.


From 2020, the organisation's known as name changed from Falkirk & District Arts and Civic Council (FDACC) to Falkirk Arts Network. Falkirk & District Arts and Civic Council (SCIO) remains our legal name.



Aims and Objectives


  • To encourage and stimulate interest in the promotion, understanding, performance and appreciation of the arts in the community
  • To consult with local and national organisations devoted to the arts
  • To act as a co-ordinating body for member organisations
  • To provide a means of communication and liaison between organisations, individuals and local authority
  • To be sensitive to needs of the community and organise events to service the need
  • To encourage and advocate awareness of civic amenity



Membership


Membership is open to groups which are engaged in activities which add to the artistic life of Falkirk or whose aims and activities encourage an awareness in civic amenity.


Groups seeking membership should contact the Secretary and enclose a copy of a constitution or a statement of the aims and objectives and a list of office bearers.



Meetings


The General Council meets monthly from September to June on a Friday evening in the Council Chambers of Falkirk Council. All member organisations are entitled to send a representative to these meetings.


In addition there are Executive Committee meetings. The Executive Committee and Office bearers are elected at the Annual General Meeting in June.



The Office Bearers for 2019/20:


Chairperson - Bill McDonald

Vice-Chair - John Paterson

Secretary - Jamie O' Rourke

Treasurer - Bryan Smail (Falkirk Council)



Initiatives and Activities



  • Falkirk Tryst Festival in collaboration with Falkirk Community Trust in May
  • Annual award to Arts Personality of the Year
  • Annual award to Young Arts Personality of the Year Award
  • Falkirk Civic Award
  • Submit suggestions to Falkirk Council for the Sports and Arts Awards (annually)



JOIN US

What members say about being a part of our network


"Being a part of the network opens up a lot of doors to connect with other groups in the area."



"It is very useful to share events and opportunities with a wide network of like minded people"



How to join 


Membership is open to groups and individuals who are engaged in activities which add to the artistic life of Falkirk or whose aims and activities encourage an awareness in civic amenity.


Groups seeking membership should contact the Secretary and enclose a copy of a constitution or a statement of the aims and objectives and a list of office bearers.


There is an annual registration fee which is at present £35 for Groups and £20 for Individuals/Independant Members.


To apply to join you can email us here


or call the Secretary Jamie O'Rourke on 07954173842


© 2020. Falkirk Arts Network (Falkirk & District Arts and Civic Council) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) Number SC002879


We gratefully acknowledges the support and partnership of: