A lack of space is limiting the growth of Dundee’s creative sector.
Let’s change that.
We are developing a network of creative spaces which creates new opportunities for the creative sector in Dundee to thrive. Our goal is to secure long term space driven by the needs of the creative community which facilitates collaboration, makes the sector visible and valued, and demonstrates its potential.
Access to space remains a key barrier for creative practitioners and businesses to establish, sustain, and develop their practice or businesses in Dundee. Hapworks is made up of creative practitioners, businesses and organisations based in the city who are working collaboratively to advocate and negotiate for better access to space for creativity.
Since February 2023, Creative Dundee has engaged with more than 280 creative practitioners, businesses, grassroots organisations and existing creative spaces through a series of public events, conversations and workshops to understand what is needed and develop a collective vision for creative space in the city.
We are working in partnership with Dundee City Council to occupy and animate a vacant space in Dundee City Centre for 3 months in early 2024. We will use this space to pilot an adaptable creative space which offers creative co-working alongside an events programme which showcases and supports the creative sector. This will be a platform to share our vision for a permanent creative space and launch the next stage of the project. More information on the space, programme and how to get involved will be shared soon.
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Hapworks has been enabled by Creative Dundee with support from Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations and Dundee City Council’s Vacant to Vibrant initiative.
Tell us what you need.
We actively want to involve creative communities and existing spaces in the development of this vision. Working together we have a more impactful voice and are better able to share knowledge, experiences, resources and networks. If you are a creative practitioner, organisation or business, help us advocate for more creative spaces and inform our future work by telling us what creative space you need.
Support us with your skills.
We are looking for people and organisations that want to be involved in new ways of working and can support us as part of an advisory group with expertise in fundraising, property acquisition, planning, and law.
If you can offer your skills, please get in touch.
Work with us.
Financial investment and property is required to develop and realise this vision. Do you want to help create new economic opportunities for the creative sector? Demonstrate new and innovative models for vacant spaces and invest in the future of Dundee?
We would love to work with you, please get in touch.
Our first online event in February 2023 highlighted a real desire for change and an active community in Dundee that wants to make good things happen. We heard from creatives in the city navigating the issue of space, and were joined by Ryan Macleod sharing Agency of None’s work on space and Kirsty Hilda Cameron owner of Second Home Studio + Cafe in Aberdeen.
In March 2023 we formed a Creative Spaces Working Group, made up of creative practitioners and community leaders to develop an initial vision for creative space in Dundee. In May we shared this with the wider creative community to gather feedback and prompt exchange.
As Dundee welcomed Art Night to its cultural venues and public spaces in June 2023, Creative Dundee partnered with Art Night to lead two conversations with local collectives and organisations to explore how artists and communities creatively use and reimagine space in and around the city.
Sam Gonçalves reflects on the past and continuing precarity of creative space in Dundee, and the possibilities that emerge when spaces are given a chance to thrive.
Creative practitioners from Dundee’s LGBTQ+ community share what it means for them to feel safe and represented in the city’s creative spaces.
Informed by the experience of producing Dundee Design Festival, Agency of None reflect on how collaborative environments may lead us into new, exciting and unknown creative futures.