Creative Dundee

Working Together Better: Freelance Experiences

8th March, 10:00am at Hapworks

An opportunity to hear and share experiences of creative freelancing, exploring how to work with freelancers fairly and with care.


Freelance cultural and creative workers are a vital part of the city’s creative ecosystem – and it’s essential that those who hire freelancers understand their responsibility in working well together.

Join a morning of short discussion prompts, with space to share personal experiences of working freelance. Whether you’re a student curious about working freelance, an emerging practitioner with some experience, or you’ve been freelancing for a while, we invite you to join us at this event. We’ll be centring the perspectives of freelancers, but people who work within organisations (acknowledging those who wear both organisational and freelance hats!) are also welcome.

Three creative practitioners will share experiences in between discussions to prompt conversation. We’ll hear from: game designer and creative producer Malath Abbas; artist and curator Amy Jones; and graphic designer Jamie Stein.

Dundee’s creative community is incredibly generous when it comes to sharing insights and knowledge. As well as creating space to highlight shared and new perspectives, it’s our hope that experiences shared at this event can inform resources encouraging good and fair practice for people and organisations who work with freelance creative and cultural workers. We’ll also directly share gathered insights with participants afterwards.


Fri 8 March 2024, 10:00am–12:00pm

Hapworks_00, 7 Castle Street, DD1 3AA

Tickets are free and booking is essential.


What to expect

After some time to settle in the space and an introduction to the event, we’ll hear from three creative practitioners who will share an experience of freelancing, the subjects of which will form a discussion prompt.

Small group discussions will come after each of these sharings, inspired by the topic, experience or issues raised. In these short chats, everyone is welcome and encouraged to share and listen to one another’s experiences and perspectives. We understand that these could be in the form of positive examples that set a bar for best or fair practice, or of negative examples that could inform how things can and should be better. People are invited to share as much or as little as they’d like.

Before the end of the event we’ll invite groups to share insights and notable themes that have come up in discussions with everyone. The ambition is that these thoughts, experiences and issues can inform resources about centring good and fair practice when working with freelance creative and cultural workers.

There will be a short break halfway through the event to refill drinks, move bodies and get some fresh air.

Access information

Our venue has step-free access from the street with a double door entrance which is not automatic. The interior is all on one level and open plan with an accessible toilet, and assistance dogs are welcome. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

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