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.


Pass The Mic: Stories from Creative Dundee

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!


We Dundee Asks You to Reimagine the City. What Needs to Happen Next?

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.


PechaKucha Night Dundee Vol.21 TAKEOVER

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.


Living Room for the City – V&A Dundee

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


International Hubs and Networks

Creative Dundee’s team has collaborated with partners extensively in an international scale.


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.


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.


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.

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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