Here you will find features on our own evaluations and external reports which include Creative Dundee’s work and content relevant to Dundee’s creative sector.

Our Years in Review:

Discover what we’ve been up to through summaries of each year here: 201920182017201620152014 and 2013.

Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017-2021:

Dundee’s first Creative Industries Strategy can be found online at and 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 over the next 5 years, from 2017 – 2021. In response to the unique opportunities at this point in time for Dundee and its economy, Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy has been initiated by Creative Dundee on behalf of the Dundee Partnership. It has been co-designed over the last two years with those working/studying in the city’s creative industries sector and the local and national agencies who support the creative industries. You can read more about the research and consultation of the Fabric project which helped form the Strategy here. Read the Strategy in full here.

Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017 – 2021

Culture Connects:

As part of an exciting collaboration with Dundee Place Partnership, Creative Dundee has been doing research and consultation to find out more about where cultural activities are taking place across the city, what the barriers are and what could be improved. Visiting community festivals, events, community hubs, out of school clubs and more right across the city has ensured that we reach a huge number of people from the broadest range of backgrounds. You can read more about the research here, with more to follow upon completion of the project in early 2018.

Creative Dundee Activities and Impacts (2017)

We are always keen to know how we and the rest of the city are doing in providing useful events, resources and support for creative communities in and around Dundee. So we asked 100 people their views on what Creative Dundee currently offers, what we can improve in future, and what support would make people stay and thrive in Dundee. These results, which include promoting the city as an international creative hub, and encouraging cross-sector collaborations are really valuable for future planning. We are grateful to Perrine Mercenier who was with Creative Dundee on a 10 week internship from University of Liège, Belgium who led this research. You can read the full report shared hereWord cloud image below generated by asking: ‘Please describe Creative Dundee in three words’. The larger the word appears, the more it was proposed.

Tech Nation (external – 2018, 2017):

The Tech Nation Report 2017 highlighted that Dundee has the highest turnover growth in the UK of 171%, with also 91% of Dundee’s tech sector rated the quality of life as good. Creative Dundee was a community partner helping signpost the Tech Nation team to some Dundee specific content, therefore the report includes a couple of short case studies and lists some of the many Dundee based support organisations/businesses. Along with many positives, some identified challenges include lack of supply of highly skilled workers and digital/transport infrastructure. Read the full report here and follow the Dundee specific content online here.

Winning from Second – Committee for Geelong (external 2016):

This report, Winning from Second  – What Geelong can learn from International Second Cities, by Committee for Geelong follows a study visit from the Australian delegation to Dundee and other European/American cities. The report summaries the support structures for business and culture and includes a section on Creative Dundee. A brief summary from page 28:

“Like many new enterprises in Dundee, Creative Dundee grew from a grassroots movement. Founded in 2008, Creative Dundee is now at the heart of the city’s developments. Creative Dundee is a social enterprise with strong expertise in community engagement that connects talents from the digital and the arts sectors… Its success and sustainability of projects can be attributed to the fact that the initiative is not tied to one single person or entity.” The full report can be viewed here.

Pecha Kucha Insights (2016):

Designer Jasmine Holt collaborated with us to help consider how we share stories and impacts from Pecha Kucha Nights. Jasmine undertook a number of interviews with past speakers/attendees, created an online survey to get more insights, and then developed an interactive illustration showing the results.The insights were fascinating – 91% of people felt Pecha Kucha Night Dundee improved their awareness of what was happening locally, 85% felt it had improved their view of Dundee as a creative place to live, and 65% of people felt inspired to to try something new. You can read Jasmine’s blog about this here and definitely do check out her final interactive illustration here.

The Live Audit (2016):

The Live Audit was run during the Mass Assembly forum which Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh developed and ran for those who run creative hubs, networks, clusters to explore the future of collective working. We felt it was really important to have time and space during the day for everyone to feed into a collective snapshot of what the landscape looks like for creative hubs at this point in time.

There were stark contrasts in the way people responded to some of the questions, for example in the one shown – ‘The ripples of your work – would you rather they… Impacted the economy? or Impacted society?’, there was an almost 90% weighting towards impacting society versus the economy. This was quite refreshing to hear a counter story to the usual singular narrative about the sector’s steep economic growth, which we hear at a UK level. Find out the results from the Live Audit here.

The Creative City: Vision and Execution – James E. Doyle and Bijana Mickov (external 2015)

There is a small reference of Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh in this book, which considers the different global models of creative industries support. The book can be found here.

Support for Creative and Cultural Social Enterprises in the Tees Valley (external 2015):

This report by Bonnar Keenlyside focuses on Teesside University and Creative Darlington aiming to make sustainable changes to the support mechanisms in the Tees Valley for social enterprises with a creative and cultural theme. Creative Dundee is highlighted as a case study in the report and it states “In conclusion, there was strong support for an independent network, similar to Creative Dundee which could provide dedicated support, advice, connections and advocacy. Further, it might provide practical help. The University would be a key partner in this.” Read the full report here.

Creative Industries: Support for Growth – European Case Study (external 2015):

Dundee was selected as a case study demonstrating best practice in cultural/creative industries support by Culture for Cities and Regions, part of the EU Creative Europe Programme. The project promotes best practice and the transfer of knowledge to ensure projects in cities and regions throughout Europe place culture at the heart of their development strategies.

The chosen case study about Dundee titled ‘Creative Industries: Support for Growth‘, highlights the challenges, strengths and activities happening in Dundee to grow the creative industries and tackle issues such as talent retention and attraction. Creative Dundee was referenced as an important factor and assisted with the co-ordination of a three-day study visit.

Download all information/presentations from the study visit here, read more about the project here and discover what the European delegation learned when visiting Dundee in November 2015 here.

The Creative HubKit (2015):

Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee were commissioned to develop The Creative HubKit, a toolkit for people looking to 1. set up their own hub; 2. diversify their existing hub; or 3. understand the hub movement from an outside perspective.

Made by hubs for emerging hubs, The Creative HubKit also includes helpful case studies from Watershed, CodeBase, Baltic Creative, FuseBox, Hackney WickED, Impact Hub Birmingham, Cardiff Start and Residence, with European examples from Factoria Cultural and FabLab Lisboa. Download The Creative HubKit here.

Creative City Networks Mapping Review – Ekos (external 2014):

In 2014, Creative Scotland commissioned Ekos to study the impact of three creative city networks, Creative Dundee, Creative Edinburgh and Creative Stirling. Each network is independent, focussing on their own distinctive aims and objectives tailored to each of the three cities and has received funding support from Creative Scotland.

The review intended to provide information on the impact of each network on its respective city, identifying potential for future development, and any lessons that might be adopted in other cities.

Summarising the Review:

A summary of the review can be downloaded here, Creative Dundee specific findings here and some of the key highlights are included below:

Each of the three projects has evolved a distinctive model, albeit with some common characteristics. In particular, each network shares the following:

  • a broad and inclusive focus that seeks to encourage collaboration right across the spectrum of creative activity;
    an emphasis on largely informal styles of networking activities and events;
  • a ‘bottom up’ approach that is firmly grounded in the needs of the sector and maintains close connection to the creative community in each city;
  • a strong feel of being ‘of the sector’ rather than ‘for the sector’, a function of fact that those leading each network come themselves from the creative community – this enables a high degree of trust;
  • a commitment to working in partnership across the creative industries and the public sector; provision of information via digital means;
  • and a focus on signposting to existing business support rather than direct provision.

All three projects are reportedly creating benefits for participant businesses and practitioners as well as for their wider constituencies (sector and city). In each base, the feedback from beneficiaries was positive, and it is clear that the networks are providing valuable opportunities for cross-sector networking and facilitating collaboration across disciplines. This is entirely in line with their organisational ambitions.

To read more from the report, download the summary report: Mapping Three City Networks – A Summary. Find out more about the Mapping Review event and access additional resources on Creative Scotland’s website.