Creative Dundee

We develop strategies, engage communities, create and produce events. Our work is all about connecting people and developing collaborative projects.

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 Amplify

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.

07.07.21

Creative Dundee’s Annual Activities Overview 2020/21

Responding to the pandemic in July 2020, we prioritised work across our four pillars (Amplify, Connect, Collaborate and Cultivate), relating to three key intersectional issues facing those in the city and creative industries: Mental Health and Wellbeing; Structures of Inequality; and Recovery.

08.09.20

We Dundee

We Dundee is a crowd-sourced platform which harnesses the voices of people, amplifying them and making them visible. It reminds us what an astonishing place Dundee is, and what remarkable people live and work here. We Dundee invites you to share your thoughts on our city’s future for now and for generations to come.

22.01.13

PechaKucha Night Dundee

Hosted by Creative Dundee in the city since 2011, it’s a simple quick-fire format – speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Always different, entertaining and inspiring; there is something for everyone at this event which first started in Tokyo in 2003 and has now grown into a global phenomenon.

11.10.21

Taking Space in the Creative Industries

We share recent research findings by Taking Space on the barriers to the creative industries that young women may experience and potential ways forward locally.

05.07.16

The Live Audit

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.

30.04.18

Culture Connects

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 Connect

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.

We Cultivate

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.

25.05.21

CULTIVATE

CULTIVATE is a significant 18 month 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.

30.07.20

Fabric

A creative leadership programme for the city, which supports individuals who are passionate about Dundee and want to build on their creative leadership journey.

01.02.21

International Hubs and Networks

Creative Dundee’s team has collaborated with partners extensively in an international scale. We have shared the organisation’s work, ethos and impacts as invited speakers, facilitators and resource developers.

24.08.17

European Creative Hubs Network

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.

17.10.17

Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy

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.

28.06.15

Creative HubKit

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.

26.11.20

The Full Picture 2020

Creative Dundee commissioned and worked alongside four artists, exploring the barriers within the Creative Industries in the city. The artists researched their chosen topics – health, literacy, race and representation, then created artworks based on their findings.

07.06.21

The Full Picture 2021

Over two months, we commissioned and worked with two artists, Tilda Williams-Kelly and David McLeish, exploring the theme of how we can build a local and collaborative climate justice movement.

15.03.16

Mass Assembly Dundee

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.

We Collaborate

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.

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