Open Call for Fabric: a creative leadership programme for the city

We believe that it’s our collective interest to take a proactive approach to nurturing the talents and values that will lead us tomorrow. That’s why Creative Dundee is launching the second phase of Fabric – a creative leadership programme for the city – which aims to build a collective intelligence for Dundee’s thriving creative sector and requires to be driven by people who are actively interested in the direction of the city.

In 2016, Creative Dundee started a new peer project Fabric Dundee bringing creative practitioners and businesses together to strategically develop the future of the creative sector in the city and benefit those living, studying and working in and around the city. This first phase aimed to support Dundee’s active community in drafting a creative industries strategy for the city, by involving those who will be impacted by it. Read more about the process and findings from the discussions here.

You can read, download and even listen Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017-2021 on this interactive website.

What is Fabric?

Fabric aims to create an informal peer learning space for current leaders to connect with and begin investing in emerging leaders, and for all to develop their creative leadership skills and agency in the city.

A selected group of 20 people will come together monthly to share ideas, inspirations and experiences, from November 2018 to March 2019 in various spaces and meet with current doers and connectors across the city. The programme is designed to immerse participants in new contexts and widen their knowledge and understanding of the city. There will also be informal mentoring opportunities when possible.

The monthly sessions will focus on Creative Scotland’s connecting themes: Creative Learning, Diversity and Equalities, Digital and Environment, and will be an opportunity to think locally on how to keep Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017-2021’s action plan in motion. Through group discussions about the achievements and challenges of the city’s thriving creative sector, the Fabric group will be invited to collectively develop initiatives, projects and partnerships which aim to tackle identified issues within these themes and the Strategy.

Who is it for?

Anyone who’s actively interested in the future of Dundee’s creative and cultural sectors and wants to make a positive impact in the city!

Fabric is open to current, emerging and young creative doers who are looking for:

  • Time and peer support to explore, reflect on and build their vision for the future for their own practice/work and for the city’s creative and cultural sectors;
  • Better understanding of the city and increased confidence to develop and initiate new ideas, projects and partnerships which have great potential for positive change in and around the city;
  • New connections and mentoring opportunities with relevant partners in the city.

You can apply for the Fabric programme regardless of your creative practice, stage in your professional career or the demographic you identify with – we want the Fabric group to reflect the social, economic and cultural fabric of the city.

How to get involved?

If you’re interested in any of the points above and want to play an active role in the Fabric programme, you can apply by answering the questions below, including a few words from a friend or colleague who’d like to support your application, then just send them via email to by 9am, Nov 7.

  • How do you see your creative practice/work evolve in the future and how will it contribute to the city’s creative sector? Please share your vision for your own practice/work and for the city, and how those are connected? (200 words max)
  • What else would you like to be able to do, or do differently, in the near future to make your vision happen? (200 words max)
  • What do you want to get from the Fabric programme? (200 words max)

Save the dates:

November 15th, 3pm – 5pm
December 13th, 10am – 4pm
January, February and March dates to be confirmed soon.