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Creative Dundee works with partner organisations to develop new ways of working and experimental projects which benefit communities, the city and its citizens. Here is a brief snapshot of some of these projects and partnerships and please do get in touch if you would like further information.

Creative HubKit

The Creative HubKit is a free toolkit for people looking to set up a hub, cluster or network. It is made up of best practice examples, helpful experiences and tried and tested approaches from some of the most successful hubs in the UK and Europe. Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh were commissioned by British Council to develop this resource. The HubKit can be downloaded here.

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Creative City Networks 

Part of a collective of three creative city networks, Creative DundeeCreative Edinburgh and Creative Stirling. Each network is independent, focusing on their own distinctive aims and objectives tailored to each of the three cities and has received funding support from Creative Scotland. In 2014 an independent review by EKOS was carried out of the networks, the review can be downloaded here.

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We Dundee

Developed a digital crowdsourcing platform in partnership with Fleet Collective and the Dundee Partnership for people to highlight what they loved about the city and would love to see happen in future. Over 4,000 people contributed their thoughts and ideas and many have been taken forward into Dundee’s Culture Strategy and UNESCO City of Design plans. Visit wedundee.com and find out more about the project here.

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Screen in the Square

Part of Dundee’s Commonwealth Games 2014 programme. Creative Dundee ran an open call for content – films, animations, music videos to be shown on the large screen in City Square. 36 films were screened to a 250 strong audience from a great mix of contributors – established film makers through to school pupils, community groups and up-and-coming creative talent, based locally and internationally – all with a connection to the city. Read more here.

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The MIX IN

As part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015, Creative Dundee worked with Scotland Food and Drink Network and Perth & Kinross Council to develop an event which brought together the area’s local food and drink producers with creative and digital individuals and businesses. The event gave the 100 attendees the chance to showcase their products/produce and hear about current and future innovative practices. Read more here.

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Small Society Lab 2015

Working with established partners of Small Society Lab – DCA and University of Dundee, Creative Dundee led SSL 2015 which connected Mexico City, a megalopolis with 22 million residents and Dundee, with 149,000 residents. Artists, designers, technologists and citizens joined the two day simultaneous lab events in both cities to explore and celebrate their cities. Groups remixed aspects of both cultures to design collaborative, experimental and playful tools which considered issues relevant to city life – and shared this digitally over the weekend. See more of what happened in the diary of the weekend here.

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The Small Society Lab is an open project which explores the development and understanding of the small city of the future. Based in Dundee, the Lab it was founded in 2011. Over the years SSL has worked with citizens and local and international partners to explore themes of democracy, making and digital value, through to serendipitous communities and community-run bakeries.

Find out more about previous Small Society Labs, here:

Small Society Lab 2014 – The focus this year was ideas around value. Digital value, democratic value, cash value, cultural value, and the value of making in Dundee and India.

Small Society Lab 2013 – From fungi, to origami, to games design, to exploring play and concepts of the classroom, SSL 13 featured a number of speakers and interactive sessions.

Small Society Lab 2012 – Exploring the link between building communities through music, serendipity and bread, SSL 12 was joined by King Creosote and many others.

Small Society Lab 2011 – The inaugural Small Society Lab was launched as a pop-up research space; a collaboration between DCA and the Product Design Research Studio at DJCAD – aiming to spark outlets for creativity.

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Perthshire Creates

Worked with local creative practitioners, businesses and Perth and Kinross Council to help establish a new network to shine a spotlight on contemporary creative activities across the area. Following a series of Open Sessions and a digital platform being built, Perthshire Creates was launched at an event showcasing local creatives in June 2015. Visit www.perthshirecreates.co.uk for more details.

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