Creative Dundee

Space for creativity to thrive.

A lack of space is limiting the growth of Dundee’s creative sector.

Let’s change that.

We are collaborating with creative practitioners, businesses, existing spaces and grassroots organisations to develop a network of creative spaces in Dundee. The goal of Hapworks 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.

Creative Sharing: A Vision for Creative Space at Blend Café, May 2023

Working in partnership with Dundee City Council, Hapworks is temporarily occupying and animating a vacant unit at 7 Castle Street in Dundee City Centre from February to May 2024.

We are using this unit to pilot an adaptable space which offers creative coworking alongside an events programme. Hapworks_00 is a platform to test new ways of working, share our long term ambition for a permanent space, and launch the next stage of the project.

Coworking Access

Hapworks_00 is open for coworking Monday to Thursday, 9am–5pm each week throughout the pilot until Thursday 2 May. To access the space, you can purchase weekly or day passes with day rates operating on a pay what you can model. 

Find out more about passes on the Hapworks website.

Event Space Hire

The space is available to hire for events and workshops. Drop us an email to discuss availability and hire costs. We know there are limited spaces for individuals to make things happen in the city. Therefore reduced rates are available for freelancers, self-employed creatives, students and informal groups.

Get in touch.

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 390 creative practitioners, business, grassroots organisations and existing creative spaces through a series of public events, conversations, and workshops to understand what is needed for creative space in the city. In October 2023 we launched Hapworks to share and develop this vision.

Creative Spaces Working Group, March 2023

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.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Creative Practitioners and Businesses

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 through events and workshops.

Buy a coworking pass for Hapworks_00. Keep in touch and join our mailing list.


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.

Landlords, Funders and Investors

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.

Past Events

Making Space for Creativity and Collaboration

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.

Creative Sharing: A Vision for Creative Space

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.

Taking Space / Making Space

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.

Further Reading

Defending the Uncertain

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.

Room to Be: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Creative Spaces

Creative practitioners from Dundee’s LGBTQ+ community share what it means for them to feel safe and represented in the city’s creative spaces.

The exterior of the keiller centre redesigned by dundee design festival

No Space for Design(ers)

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.


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