Creative Dundee

CULTIVATE


Placing creativity at the heart of climate justice, developing action with local communities.

Identity created by Tommy Perman. Illustration by Cara Rooney.

CULTIVATE is a regional leadership programme for Creative Practitioners and Local Communities to collaboratively engage, create and produce locally relevant work, with a climate and social justice lens, across the Tay region.

The Tay region is geographically, socially and economically diverse. CULTIVATE will harness the skills and expertise of Creative Practitioners and Community Partners to enable regional learning and sharing around being a sustainable place to live, play and visit.

Environmental challenges have been made starkly visible by COVID-19, with ​inequalities more often felt by those who have the least say. While the climate crisis presents some of the most critical and pressing issues of our time, any resolution must come from local organising and cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

Creative Practitioners are leading the charge for change, to transition into a sustainable creative ecology for the resilient wellbeing of our communities. They are also well equipped to engage people and support local networks to imagine collective actions and communicate them.

CULTIVATE includes two separate open calls of 6 Creative Practitioner freelance commissions – in total 12 commissions over 18 months, across the Tay region (Angus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross, North East Fife). Half of the freelance commissions are exclusive to Young Creative Practitioners, aged 16-24 years old.

The project will also include an Open Community Programme, for anyone interested in social/environmental justice. Workshops will be delivered with partners on topics including climate justice, power and privilege, generational thinking, and collaborative working. We’ll also be exploring how to bring creative climate topics to the high street.

We’re delighted to unveil the first round of six Creative Practitioners Commissions, to explore, learn, share and engage communities with climate justice in a practical and meaningful way. Further commissions will be open for application early 2022 – find out more about the application process in this Application Pack and on this page. If you have any questions about CULTIVATE, please contact our Creative Climate Producer, Claire Dufour – claire@creativedundee.com

Led by Creative Dundee over 18 months, and funded by Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective, this pilot project will bring together Creative Practitioners, community groups and a Community Steering Group to explore climate justice in a practical and meaningful way.

The CULTIVATE programme will also enable Creative Practitioners to:

  • Engage, create and produce locally relevant work, with a climate and social justice lens, designed collaboratively with communities;
  • Develop and exchange creative, environmental, leadership and enterprise skills within a network of peers;
  • Generate commissioned work, income and increase future potential opportunities. 

CULTIVATE will be delivered in collaboration with a number of partners, including both Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council.

The Creative Practitioners Commissions:

The Creatives Practitioners will work in close collaboration with the Community Partners to research, learn, understand, imagine, co-develop and embed creative responses to better connect and equip the local communities with place-based climate justice actions.

As well as working with their specific communities on a climate justice challenge, the Creative Practitioners will all come together to share their learnings, develop their leadership skills and spark new collaborations and opportunities across the Tay region.

The commissions are six month long, starting late August 2021 until February 2022. Further commissions will be open for application early 2022 – find out more about the application process in this Application Pack and on this page.

In a series of guest blogs, the Creative Practitioners share more about their journey so far and collaboration with the Community Partners:

Zoë Swann: Community Ownership in Shaping the Future

Taylor Waggoner: Writing Without Words

Jeni Reid & Kirsty McKeown: Food for Thought on Climate Justice

Jade Anderson: Theatre, Healing and Community

More coming soon!

Taylor Waggoner & The Scottish Crannog Centre (Perth & Kinross)

Nicky Bolland & The Cateran Museum / Alyth Development Trust (Perth & Kinross)

Finlay Hall & The MAXwell Centre (Dundee)

Jade Anderson & The Gate Church Carbon Saving Project (Dundee)

Kirsty McKeown / Jeni Reid & Community First (Angus)

Zoë Swann & PLANT (North East Fife)

Environmental challenges have been made starkly visible by COVID-19, with ​inequalities more often felt by those who have the least say, and while the climate crisis presents some of the most critical and pressing issues of our time, any resolution must come from local organising and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Identity created by Tommy Perman. Illustration by Mairi Isla.

Creative Dundee’s CULTIVATE project offers a supportive framework for artists to collaborate with organisations and communities. I created a typographic logo inspired by the shapes of support structures – greenhouses, polytunnels, plant frames and trellises – that are used across the Tay region. These supports are used in our farms, gardens and green spaces to encourage growth and they seemed like a fitting visual metaphor for the project’s identity. It’s been designed to be reimagined, inviting illustrators to embellish and evolve it with their own ideas. 

Tommy Perman, artist, designer & musician, based in Perth and Kinross.

Cara Rooney and Mairi Isla have been commissioned to re-interpret the identity and we will feature more adaptations as the project evolves.

Creative Dundee believes that culture and creativity are essential catalysts for positive change – that’s why we amplify, connect, collaborate and cultivate the city’s creativity. We exist to support the city’s strong creative ecology.

Working collaboratively with partners through the city, country and beyond, is at the heart of how we develop projects in and out of the creative industries. We are also committed to creating a culture where equality, diversity and inclusion are prioritised and promoted across everything we do.

Creative Dundee is one of 26 organisations to secure Culture Collective funding, delivered by Creative Scotland and part of a £6M Scottish Government emergency COVID-19 fund to help creative practitioners and communities to work together across Scotland to develop ways of responding to the impacts of the pandemic.

The Culture Collective programme has the potential to place creative practice right at the heart of a just transition, and help shape the future of local cultural life, which will impact massively the way we embrace creativity and culture in Scotland.

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