Creative Dundee

Inequality is not a Coincidence: Our Proposed Actions

The past few months have been a reminder of the immense inequality and racism we can still find in Dundee. As a platform cheerleading some of the most creative and inspiring things in the city, it’s not hard to develop a blindspot about everything that needs fixing. But more than ever we must take an unflinching look at Dundee, ourselves and the structures we operate within, holding a commitment to reflect and change.


We believe we need to strive for a variety of goals, as you can find on this page. Most importantly is looking at structures, both within our organisation and across the local creative sector – exploring the barriers, blindspots, and bad practice while encouraging learning, reflection, and education.

In consulting our community, we always hear that access to the creative industries in the city (from the perspective of makers, artists, and creators) is a big issue –  and often where you can observe stark racism and classism, as well as the most destructive consequences of crises like COVID and the current recession. We often discuss inequality in a passive manner, but it is essential to understand it is a structure. One that has been designed & perpetrated, and needs to be addressed.

While pushing for and implementing these structural changes, we continue to be committed to accessibility, diversity, and inclusion across our content & programme – where we also hope to reflect the values of the individuals that make up Creative Dundee, namely that creativity is for everyone, our collective cultural structures must be decolonised and Black lives matter.

Most of all, we’re committing to self-reflection, to looking at who we are with a critical eye. We’ll listen, invite new perspectives, and work on our failures and shortcomings.

Below are some of the outcomes and actions we are committing to take. If you have any responses or suggestions please get in touch.

Outcome: Developing structural changes within Creative Dundee

Actions:

Outcome: Promoting structural changes within the Creative Sector

Actions:

Outcome: Creating accessible opportunities for makers in the city

Actions:
We will continue to:

If you have any questions or input on the above, reach out.

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