Creative Dundee

CULTIVATE Creative Practitioner Commissions

Illustration: Lucy Steel; CULTIVATE identity: Tommy Perman

We’re delighted to announce a new series of four creative freelance commissions for CULTIVATE!

Creative Dundee is seeking creative practitioners for the next stage of CULTIVATE, our Culture Collective project which places creativity at the heart of climate justice by developing action with local communities. The creative practitioners will collaborate with communities across the Tay region, mutually exploring and sharing new ways of embedding creativity at the core of grassroots collective action for climate justice.

We have four commission opportunities available:

  • A Creative Practitioner Lead working with young people (16-24) living in rural areas within Perth & Kinross;
  • A Creative Practitioner Lead working with people of colour within Dundee City;
  • A Creative Practitioner Lead working with people living in poverty within Angus/Forfar;
  • A Storyteller/Filmmaker who will showcase and advocate the important role that culture and creativity play in the climate justice movement.

Taking place between January and October 2023, each role will work closely with community groups. The Creative Practitioner Leads will research, learn, understand and co-develop creative responses to better connect and equip the communities with place-based climate justice actions, and the Storyteller/Filmmaker will create a range of accessible and engaging stories to showcase and advocate the important role that culture and creativity play in the climate justice movement.

Want to find out more about CULTIVATE? Read about the project so far and explore some case studies from our initial round of creative practitioner commissions.

Skills, Experience and Requirements:

We want to hear from creative practitioners of all backgrounds (art, design, craft, performance, etc) who are:

Key information for applying

These commissions are open to creative practitioners based in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and Angus who have made their life in the Tay region.

Fixed Freelance Fee: £20,000 (£264 per day). This fee is guided by the Scottish Artists Union’s 2022 Residency Rates (projects that are 20+ days).

Fixed Period: January – October 2023 (10 months), working flexibly, with the vast majority of working days being between April and August 2023.

Days: 75.8 days for engaging with local groups, and researching, developing and implementing your ideas.

Each practitioner will also have access to budgets for community engagement, production, collaboration with other practitioners, and access—for the community groups as well as the practitioners’ own access needs.

We want to ensure that our application process does not present any accessibility barriers to potential applicants. If we can provide any assistance to support you through this process (or if you want to discuss alternative ways to show your skills and relevant experience), please get in touch with Jordan Butler, Access Producer:

Key dates for applying

Our application process is in two stages, and we encourage you to use the time available to work on your application. We recognise that application writing is unpaid labour so we have aimed to keep this process to a minimum. Shortlisted applicants who are invited to apply for Stage 2 will receive a fixed fee of £150 for a submitted Stage 2 proposal.

Stage 1
Tue 20 SeptemberOpen call launches
Thu 6 October, 12noon and 6pmTwo online info sessions (one-hour long)
Wed 16 November, 12noonDeadline to apply to Stage 1
Stage 2
Thu 17 NovemberShortlisting of 3-4 applications per commission
Fri 18 NovemberShortlisted Stage 1 applicants contacted and invited to submit a proposal
Mon 12 December, 12noonDeadline for shortlisted applicants to submit a proposal
Tue 13–Thu 15 DecemberFinal selection process from shortlisted applicants
Fri 15 DecemberStage 2 applicants informed of decision

Online information sessions

We will hold two information sessions via Zoom on Thu 6 October 2022 (12–1pm and 6–7pm) where you will have the opportunity to hear more about the programme and ask questions. After the sessions, we will share a video recording of the presentation, the slide deck shown, and a summary of all questions asked and answered.

Event series

We invite you to take part in our series of three gatherings, to share food and stories of creative responses to the climate change challenges faced by marginalised communities across the Tay region.

These informal evenings aim to inspire discussion and share the benefits of applying creative thinking and grass-root activism within local climate actions by, for and with our communities.

Wed 12 October: Diversity & Climate Justice

6:30–8pm at Bharatiya Ashram (Dudhope Multicultural Centre), Dundee

Wed 26 October: Youth Leadership & Climate Justice

6:30–8pm (venue tbc), Perth City Centre

Wed 9 November: Poverty Action & Climate Justice

6:30–8pm at the Rugby Club, Forfar


If you have any questions regarding the programme, commissions or application process, or want to discuss how your skills and experiences might fit one of the roles, please get in touch with:

Claire Dufour, Project Lead –,

Jordan Butler, Access Producer –,

or Andy Truscott, Team Producer –

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