Fabric 2020 – a creative leadership programme for the city

We believe that it’s in our collective interest to take a proactive approach to nurture the talent and values that will lead us to tomorrow. That’s why Creative Dundee is running 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 driving the direction of the city.

We ran the Fabric programme in 2018-19 and you can read insights into last year’s Fabric programme and see full report. This year the programme has a focus on collective leadership and social justice, and includes opportunities to hear from city and community leaders, to share knowledge and experiences with each other, and to discuss how we can collectively make Dundee even better!

Thank you for putting together the Fabric programme. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to spend time with such an interesting and inspiring group of people, and look forward to the collaborations and discussions that develop from it going forward. […] keep up the fantastic work, Dundee is a better place for it!
– Fabric 2018-19 participant.

What is Fabric?

Fabric is not a course or training on leadership, but an informal peer-to-peer development programme for people who want to grow their confidence and agency for leading creative initiatives and projects that will have positive impacts in Dundee.

A selected group of 20 people will come together monthly to share ideas, inspirations and experiences, from March to June 2020 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.

Piloted in 2016, this peer project initially brought 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.

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

Who is it for?

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

The programme includes 4 day-sessions, from March to June 2020, and is open to anyone who’s looking for:

  • Time and peer support to reflect on your own creative leadership skills, your core values and your vision for the future;
  • Opportunities to better understand Dundee‘s strengths and challenges, and create new connections in the city;
  • A safe space to meet and discuss with other creative leaders within 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 are particularly keen to ensure that the Fabric group reflects the social, economic and cultural fabric of the city.

What are the Fabric 2020 dates?

Thursday 26th March: 9.30am – 4.30pm. The first day will focus on getting to know each other, sharing our core leadership values and planting the seeds for future actions.

Thursday 23rd April: 9.30am – 4.30pm. The second day will be an opportunity to share insights into creative collaborations and models of collective leadership in the city.

Friday 22nd May: all day. For the third day, we will go on a field trip outside the city to visit and hear from an other creative community.

Thursday 18th June: 9.30am – 4.30pm. The last day will be a time to reflect on your own Fabric journey and collectively develop ideas and projects for the future.

How to get involved?

To apply, simply complete this form or, if you have any questions, just get in touch with our programmes producer at claire@creativedundee.com.

Application deadline is Sunday 15th March 2020.