Dundee’s Creative Hubs
Each month during Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design we’re putting the spotlight on Dundee.
This month it’s the turn of creative hubs – the physical workspaces across the city where people make/create their work and the public can access their events, exhibitions and activities. These important spaces, often led by passionate and committed small groups of individuals, have really helped contribute to the transformation of Dundee’s cultural identity over the last few years.
We’re not able to cover every single creative organisation, or even the great creative goings on at Abertay University, University of Dundee, or Dundee and Angus College, but you’ll find plenty of info about them all elsewhere on our site.
We’re interested in the future of collective working, and ran Mass Assembly, a one day forum on 26 May 2016 in Dundee, during Dundee Design Festival which saw hubs, networks, clusters, organisations and individuals come together from across Scotland. The day builds on our passion, interest and the work we’ve done to support creative hubs, including the Creative HubKit resource which we developed with Creative Edinburgh last year.
Wasps Studios was originally set up in Dundee in 1977, the first ever Wasps studio (they now have 17 buildings across Scotland), and in 1989 the studios moved to Meadow Mill where they remain strong and house a number of artists, designers and creatives. Residents and members of the public can take full advantage of a project room and exhibition space which can be hired for workshops and exhibitions. You can read more about those based in Dundee’s Wasps here. @WaspsMeadowMill
GENERATORprojects is a non-profit artist-run exhibition and project space that supports local artists. Established in 1996, Generator has been a critical space for artists to show, discuss and develop their artistic practice over the last two decades. With regular shows, you can find out more about their previous activities in their archive and go visit their exhibitions – they’re just off of Perth Road, in Mid Wynd Industrial Estate. @GENERATORproj
The Print Studio is based in Dundee Contemporary Arts, and has state-of-the-art facilities to create print, photography and digital work. They also run courses and pre-arranged one-to-ones for introductions to the equipment. The Print Studio, located at the back of Jute Cafe in DCA is open to the public, so well worth popping through for a look! Dundee Print Collective are also based there, and the studio is a main focal point for Print Festival Scotland. @DCADundee @printdundee
The Sew Confident Studio is a purpose-built space in the heart of Broughty Ferry’s close enough to all the shops and cafes but nestled just off the main street making it a nice quiet little nook to get sewing in Scotland’s most creative city. Sew Confident is the place to Sew, de-stress and be Social with like-minded creatives and it offers classes from beginner level to advanced, for both kids and adults. Classes cover a wide range of practices from sewing, knitting and dressmaking to homewares and crochet. They have workshops, talks, ‘Sewcial’ meetups and a VIP members club and can also offer 1-2-1 lessons and workshop hire too.
Dundee Ceramics Workshop is a ceramics studio in the Blackness area of Dundee, offering a range of facilities including classes, talks, workshops and events. They work with artists, students, our members and the public to deliver our programmes and classes to anyone with an interest in ceramics; from total beginners to practicing ceramics artists. @DundeeCeramics
Dundee MakerSpace is a social workspace for all people interested in making anything from electronics to art, furniture and software. The space is community led and is part of the global drive to encourage everyone to be creative and provides an open, creative space for anyone to learn or collaborate on projects. With lots of makers, they are based in Douglas Street, Dundee, they run regular events and have kit including 3D printers, laser cutters, looms, and all the regular equipment you would expect to find in a workshop. @DundeeMakeSpace
Dundee Comics Creative Space is a social enterprise and studio project developed by The University of Dundee in collaboration with The Rank Foundation and The Dundee Place Partnership Scheme. The aim of the collective is to provide educational workshops and encourage creative learning through comics. In addition to this, they have an incubator studio for recent comics graduates and provide guest talks with industry experts. @DundeeComicsCS
District 10, constructed out of 37 recycled shipping containers, is a unique office block which encourages collaboration between occupiers. Built specifically for businesses in the creative industries, tenants include Lat 56 and Pixels Ink.
A former jute mill which has been converted in to office space, the Vision Building is full of creative businesses such as Outplay Entertainment, Ruffian Games and Dundee Comics Creative Space. In Unit 5 you will find Dundee Games Collective, NEoN Digital Arts, Dundee MakerSpace and Creative Dundee to name just a few.
The Circle is a new space just launching which aims to create a sustainabl
We’ve included as many physical hubs as possible, but if you have more then please send on details and we’ll keep updating this list, thanks.
Past creative hubs:
Fleet Collective was a community of artists, designers and other highly skilled individuals, most of them were freelance who often collaborated together on larger projects. Fleet ran from 2011 – 2018 and was tucked away in the attic of one of Dundee’s oldest buildings, the Chamber building, across from The McManus and above Brewdog. @FleetCollective
Skill Share Dundee is a community-led project helping to inspire, empower and connect the student and residential community in Dundee by sharing practical skills and crafts. Skill Share aims to bring generations together, maintain skills and crafts that might otherwise be lost and reduce waste through reuse and repair. Skill Share are based at Swan House in the Technology Park on Riverside Drive. @SkillShareDnd
If you enjoy Creative Dundee’s work……
…would you consider becoming one of our Amps Supporters? Besides helping us connect and amplify creativity in the city, you get access to lots of perks, like reduced-priced Pecha Kucha tickets, meet-ups with other Amps and eligibility to apply for our Community Ideas Fund – each subscription makes the fund bigger. Find out more and join the community here!