Creative Dundee supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity.
Creative Dundee leads projects which generate local, national and international opportunities for people and the city – we exist to support the city’s strong creative ecology. Amps is a new way of supporting Dundee to be even better for everyone, have your voice heard, and help make the world as passionate about Dundee’s creative scene as we all are, join us here.
Starting life as a side project blog in 2008, the aim was to cover innovative people and projects which were not being profiled – and to be a focal point for creativity in the city. We became an organisation in 2013 – you can read more here about our background and our Year in Review highlights our activities and impacts during 2016.
We are supported in part by Creative Scotland and Dundee City Council. As a social enterprise we generate around 50% of our income through trading activities and we reinvest profits back into creative businesses and the local community. We work in four ways:
We showcase the city’s creative scene to increase awareness and understanding of what makes Dundee a fantastic place to live, work, study and visit.Our digital platform features creative people, businesses, events and opportunities and is well used by people across the globe, who are keen to find out what happens in and around Dundee. We have profiled thousands of online features showcasing individuals, businesses, communities, events and opportunities, across all creative and cultural disciplines.
We run a programme of events which bring people – from a huge variety of backgrounds – together in the same room to share ideas, inspiration and experiences, and build a common vision and voice for the city.
Pecha Kucha Night: We’ve hosted Pecha Kucha Night events quarterly, since Dundee joined the global family back in November 2011. Pecha Kucha is a popular, quick-fire format – presenters have 20 images and show each for just 20 seconds. Find out more about Pecha Kucha Night.
Make/Share: Creative Dundee and Dundee MakerSpace run a free regular event on the second Wednesday of every month. Bringing together people who make things, or make things happen, whatever they may be! Find out more about Make/Share.
As a small organisation we are increasingly providing opportunities where we can to nurture and encourage creative talent to develop skills, expertise and pathways within the creative industries; we also encourage other organisations and businesses to do this. Read more about the work we’ve done to support this through the Fabric Dundee project., we’ve also supported internships and young apprenticeships.
Through collaborating with others, we believe that we can collectively create much greater impact for the creative sector, city and citizens. We collaborate on projects which benefit communities, the city and its citizens. Here is a brief snapshot of some of these projects and partnerships. If you would like to commission us, get in touch.
UNESCO City of Design: We help make sure that the creative sector is represented in the city’s strategies and action. Read more about the designation here and download Dundee’s Cultural Strategy here.
Creative Hubs: We are an associate partner in the European Creative Hubs Network project, which Creative Edinburgh is the lead partner for the UK. We co-developed the Creative HubKit, a resource for hub leaders with Creative Edinburgh in 2015. We’re also interested in the role of creative area networks, a review of independent networks – Creative Dundee, Creative Edinburgh and Creative Stirling – was completed in 2014 and can be found here.