Creative Dundee – A Year in Review: 2015

Creative Dundee – A Year in Review 2015 offers of brief summary of Creative Dundee’s activities during 2015 with key highlights including:

– Playing a key role in Dundee being recognised as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design
– Delivering a range of public and industry events and workshops attended by 2,695 people
– Reinvesting over £17,000 into commissioning the services of local creative businesses
– Collaborating nationally and internationally with BBC, V&A, British Council, Mexico City partners and continued building strong local relationships
– Growing core staff team to create greater delivery capacity in the second half of the year.

The report can be downloaded online here and a blog about the year, found here.

Creative Industries: Support for Growth – European Case Study

Dundee was selected as a case study demonstrating best practice in cultural/creative industries support by Culture for Cities and Regions, part of the EU Creative Europe Programme. The project promotes best practice and the transfer of knowledge to ensure projects in cities and regions throughout Europe place culture at the heart of their development strategies.

The chosen case study about Dundee titled ‘Creative Industries: Support for Growth‘, highlights the challenges, strengths and activities happening in Dundee to grow the creative industries and tackle issues such as talent retention and attraction. Creative Dundee was referenced as an important factor and assisted with the co-ordination of a three-day study visit.

Download all information/presentations from the study visit here, read more about the project here and discover what the European delegation learned when visiting Dundee in November 2015 here.

The Creative HubKit

Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee were commissioned to develop The Creative HubKit, a toolkit for people looking to 1. set up their own hub; 2. diversify their existing hub; or 3. understand the hub movement from an outside perspective.

Made by hubs for emerging hubs, The Creative HubKit also includes helpful case studies from Watershed, CodeBase, Baltic Creative, FuseBox, Hackney WickED, Impact Hub Birmingham, Cardiff Start and Residence, with European examples from Factoria Cultural and FabLab Lisboa.

Download The Creative HubKit here.


Creative City Networks Mapping Review

In 2014, Creative Scotland commissioned EKOS to study the impact of three creative city networks, Creative Dundee, Creative Edinburgh and Creative Stirling. Each network is independent, focussing on their own distinctive aims and objectives tailored to each of the three cities and has received funding support from Creative Scotland.

The review intended to provide information on the impact of each network on its respective city, identifying potential for future development, and any lessons that might be adopted in other cities.

Summarising the Review:

A summary of the review can be downloaded here, Creative Dundee specific findings here and some of the key highlights are included below:

Each of the three projects has evolved a distinctive model, albeit with some common characteristics. In particular, each network shares the following:

  • a broad and inclusive focus that seeks to encourage collaboration right across the spectrum of creative activity;
    an emphasis on largely informal styles of networking activities and events;
  • a ‘bottom up’ approach that is firmly grounded in the needs of the sector and maintains close connection to the creative community in each city;
  • a strong feel of being ‘of the sector’ rather than ‘for the sector’, a function of fact that those leading each network come themselves from the creative community – this enables a high degree of trust;
  • a commitment to working in partnership across the creative industries and the public sector; provision of information via digital means;
  • and a focus on signposting to existing business support rather than direct provision.

All three projects are reportedly creating benefits for participant businesses and practitioners as well as for their wider constituencies (sector and city). In each base, the feedback from beneficiaries was positive, and it is clear that the networks are providing valuable opportunities for cross-sector networking and facilitating collaboration across disciplines. This is entirely in line with their organisational ambitions.

To read more from the report, download the summary report: Mapping Three City Networks – A Summary. Find out more about the Mapping Review event and access additional resources on Creative Scotland’s website.