Creative Dundee’s speciality is working in partnership with individuals and organisations to benefit creative communities, the city and its people.
Please get in touch if you would like any further information or to discuss working collaboratively, as we’d love to hear from you. Here is a snapshot of some of the local, national and international projects we’ve been part of:
We showcase and give a platform to voices within Dundee’s culture and creativity that are essential catalysts for positive change. In order to show how these sectors play a significant role supporting economic, social and cultural progress, we have developed tools and campaigns which engage communities.
We conduct research projects, evaluations, consultations, promote events from across the city on our digital platforms, profile creative makers in original features and engage with decision-makers on all levels to advocate for the creative networks in the city.
Pass The Mic is a Creative Dundee publication which outlines our history and relationship to the city – it’s a great way to find out more about what we do and have a look into our journey! Read the online version or get in touch to pick up a physical copy!
In 2013, We Dundee brought citizens together to hear what surprised them about Dundee and what they’d love to see happen in the future. Over the following years, many of those ideas took place as activities, projects and events across the city. In 2020, We Dundee returns to ask you, the citizens of Dundee, to reshape our city’s future for now and for our future generations.
As part of the Year of Young People 2018, Pecha Kucha Night Dundee TAKEOVER was curated by local young people, through Creative Dundee’s work with Hot Chocolate Trust and V&A Young People Collective, from selecting the speakers (and speaking themselves) to marketing, filming, hosting and social media.
The V&A Dundee team worked with Creative Dundee to commission designer Martin Baillie and photographer Ross Fraser McLean to create V&A Dundee’s first ever promotional campaign in 2014, which featured the living rooms of people across the city including Hot Chocolate Trust, designer Sooz Gordon and YoYo Games amongst others.
Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh co-designed this evaluation tool to gain instant responses at events. The Live Audit enables us to gain insights and an understanding of the issues facing communities and their place. We’ve used this tool across a range of projects and events locally and internationally.
Collaborating with Dundee Place Partnership, Creative Dundee researched the cultural and creative opportunities across the city over 5 months. Being present at community hubs, festivals and events, the research aimed to understand what culture means to people and where it happens across the city.
We run regular and one-off events for people to meet and hear about activities happening locally, to have conversations about the future of the city, and to experiment with ways of working. We regularly connect people at Pecha Kucha Night, Dundee Soup and through our Amps network. We also champion the city’s vibrant creative industries and cultural activities by working closely with the UNESCO City of Design Dundee team, providing guided tours to interested parties, and producing the popular crowdsourced city guide: 99 things to Do and See in Dundee.
Act Locally: Today’s Fight for the Future of Equality was an event Creative Dundee ran and also an accompanying zine. Created specifically for the event, we commissioned the work of writers who shared their perspective on inequality as they see and experience it.
This event brought together inspiring ideas from a range of speakers across the city and beyond, who shared their short stories and provocations from imaginations of Dundee’s future. Topics explored the future of: culture, living, working, money, love, health, environment, play, communication and more.
Dundee was awarded the designation of UNESCO City of Design in December 2014. Creative Dundee was part of the bid team and continues to collaborate with the team, supporting the designation as part of the partner core group. Partnering on events within the Dundee Design Festival programme, we’ve held Pecha Kucha Nights at West Ward Works and The Caird Hall.
Make/Share was a free event which brought people together to gain a behind the scenes insight into their creative processes – with a variety of speakers from many creative disciplines from around Dundee, the monthly event was a regular part of the city’s creative conversations.
Creative Dundee and NEoN Digital Arts Festival hosted a conversation about the intersections of Art and Activism. In a follow-up to the previous year’s Act Locally event, the panel discussed the creative community in Dundee, its relationship to the wider political reality and how are can (and can’t) have an ongoing impact on issues of justice and oppression.
As part of Dundee’s Commonwealth Games programme, Creative Dundee filled the big outdoor screen in City Square with local films, animations, music videos, poems, images and more. From an open call for content we screened 36 films from a great mix of contributors – established film makers through to up-and-coming talent.
A practical work base for designers and makers to work from and share their practice with other creative practitioners. WRKSHP featured a programme of practical workshops and demos by designers and makers as well as providing workbenches and desktops for shared working.
The Dundee City GIF wall was a digital exhibit at V&A Digital Design Weekend and featured the city from the perspective of its locals in GIF form. The City GIF Wall created a new way for a number of citizens to engage with the city playfully, projecting their short form video clips about Dundee on to city walls, showing the city’s vibrancy and personality in a highly visual and accessible way.
We help support the local talent and strengthen the values that will lead us to tomorrow. That’s why we have led the collective design of Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy and developed Fabric, a creative leadership programme for the city. We have also been creating tools, designing and leading workshops, giving talks, locally and across the world, to help other communities set their own creative hubs and develop strategies for future sustainability and growth.
Dundee’s first Creative Industries Strategy can be viewed, downloaded and even listened to online. Initiated by Creative Dundee on behalf of the city, it includes the ambitions of those working and studying in the city’s creative sector and the actions which should be taken to make the sector stronger from 2017 – 2021.
Fabric is an informal peer-to-peer development programme for people who want to grow their confidence and agency for leading creative initiatives that will have positive impacts across the city. Each year, a selected group of 20 people comes together to share their knowledge, inspirations and ideas, and meet with doers and connectors in Dundee and beyond.
Mass Assembly brought together 130 individuals who were part of creative hubs, collectives, networks and clusters from all locations, rural and urban. The forum aimed to build stronger connections across Scotland and beyond, as part of the inaugural Dundee Design Festival in 2016.
The European Creative Hubs Network was a 2 year project which ran from 2016 – 2018, led by British Council, in partnership with seven European creative hubs from Greece, UK, Germany, Serbia and Spain. The aim was to help creative hubs connect and collaborate across Europe.
Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh were commissioned by British Council to develop the Creative HubKit – a free toolkit for people looking to set up a hub, cluster or network. It is made up of best practice examples, helpful experiences and tried and tested approaches from some of the most successful hubs in the UK and Europe.
We work alongside a wide range of cross-sector partners in order to deliver projects that are relevant to Dundee audiences and beyond. Over the years we have worked with partners in tourism, games, community development, academia, tech, healthcare and more.
InGAME Insights is an event series by Creative Dundee in partnership with InGAME, focusing on the future of the Creative & Games Sectors. At each evening event, inspiring panelists from the city and beyond will be in-conversation to bring their perspectives about all things relating to: creativity, business, access and leadership.
Artists, designers, technologists and citizens explored Dundee in a new innovative and collaborative way. During the Lab, two seemingly unconnected cities came together by running simultaneous events to share a crossing of cultures – Mexico City, a megalopolis with 22 million residents and Dundee, with 149,000 residents.
Shpeel is an immersive interactive experience, created by Biome Collective, that starts a conversation about mental health and well being. The 360 virtual environment was created for the London Design Biennale to show how the tool allows young people to express themselves without using verbal communication. Shpeel was produced by Tilde Arts and supported by partners, including Creative Dundee.
The MIX IN was an evening event designed to inspire and develop collaborations around cultural tourism across the Dundee and Angus region. Creative Dundee partnered with Scottish Enterprise to lead and host this event at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. Hearing from a number of speakers on a range of cultural tourism topics, attendees discussed the issues and opportunities – current and future, urban and rural.
Make Works and Creative Dundee ran the Maker Speed Dater, a unique event that provided an opportunity for makers and manufactures to have a conversation, learn about what can be made in Dundee and maybe find that factory you’ve been searching for months!
Light Bytes was an initiative to stimulate innovation with creative technology across the arts, screen and creative industries, through a partnership involving Creative Edinburgh, Creative Dundee and We Throw Switches, in association with Creative Scotland. Through a series of events and curiosity awards, the initiative supported the development of ideas into small working prototypes.
Made in Scotland was a discussion about designing and making, part of the Local Heroes event programme, co-produced by Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee. Over 60 people joined the conversation, chaired by Local Heroes Director and Design Curator Dr Stacey Hunter and featured four of the selected designers.
BOOST by Design was a programme for Dundee’s social enterprises who were keen to develop their understanding of service design, digital innovation and community building. Working with Dundee Social Enterprise Network, Creative Dundee ran Boost by Design for 16 local social enterprises in collaboration with local partners.
The Creating Care Forum was a one day workshop exploring the opportunities of collaboration between healthcare and the creative industries. Produced in partnership between Creative Dundee, Creative Scotland and the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside, the day featured case studies, discussions and practical workshop sessions.