Creative Dundee

European Creative Hubs Network

Location: Edinburgh & Dundee // Dates: 26th – 27th October

European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN), a project co-funded by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme, in collaboration with Creative Edinburgh & Creative Dundee, announce a two day international workshop titled “How to Future-Proof Your Creative Hub”, to be held in Edinburgh & Dundee on 26 – 27 October, 2017.

The intention of this workshop is to strengthen creative hub leadership by exploring the future role of creative hubs, looking at forward-planning and strategies for future-proofing. It will also bring together and build a community of hub leaders for peer-learning and ongoing peer-support, exchange and best-practice sharing.

By running this workshop for more experienced hub leaders, the European Creative Hubs Network consortium aim to build resilience in a sector that is a key component of future creative economies and foster a strong, connected leadership of creative hubs.

An open call for participation is currently running for creative hub leaders, with 4 years or more experience of leading a creative hub, from across Europe.

Deadline: Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 23:59 CET

We are currently running an open call for participation in this workshop, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of hub leaders from across Europe, who have been running a hub or hubs for at least 4 years and have strategic and decision-making responsibilities.

Interested creative hub leaders should fill in the online application form:

●  Application form
●  by Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 23:59 CET.

The ECHN team will run a selection process of participants, based on the responses in the application form. In case your application is successful, you will be contacted by ECHN staff in order to organise the logistics of your stay. The workshop will bring together a compact group of experienced creative hub leaders from across the EU, aiming for a maximum of 30 participants, in order to allow for an effective training atmosphere.

The full workshop agenda will be available and communicated on 6th September 2017.

Claire Stewart, Director of Creative Edinburgh said: “I’m hugely excited about the opportunity to welcome experienced creative hub leaders to Edinburgh, to learn, connect and share experiences.
Our workshop programme will focus on leadership, building valuable new connections and peer learning, and represents an incredible opportunity to connect with hub leaders, share expertise and work together on envisioning the future of the creative hubs sector.”

Gillian Easson, Director of Creative Dundee, said: “We look forward to welcoming creative hub leaders from around Europe to participate in what will be an exciting programme of activity – looking at the future of creative hubs and how leaders respond to future trends, challenges and opportunities. Working with Creative Edinburgh and British Council enables us to create an ambitious schedule of activity and also share our own learning from the successful development of Creative Dundee as a crucial hub for the city.

The workshop will consist of a blended programme of exercises, talks, learning activities and group-work that will give participants the space and tools to effectively plan for the future of their creative hubs, as well as building valuable relationships and practical take-away tools for ongoing support and development after the workshop.

The European Creative Hubs Network was a 2 year project which ran from 2016 – 2018, led by British Council, in partnership with seven European creative hubs – Bios  in Greece, Roco  in the UK, betahaus in Germany, Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra in Serbia, Creative Edinburgh in UK , Creative Dundee in UK, and Factoria Cultural in Spain – and the European Business and Innovation Network. The aim was to help creative hubs connect and collaborate across Europe. More information on this project is available on Creative Europe’s website.


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