Creative Dundee supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity.
We lead projects which generate local, national and international opportunities for people and the city – we exist to support the city’s strong creative ecology. If you are keen to explore the city then check out 99 Things to See and Do in Dundee, the guide crowdsourced with people who live in the city and love it.
In response to the unique opportunities at this point in time for the city, Creative Dundee led the development and launch of Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017-2021, which 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.
Starting life as a side project blog in 2008, the aim was to cover interesting people and projects which were not being profiled – and to be a focal point for creativity in the city. We became an organisation in 2013 – you can read more here about our background and our Year in Review highlights our activities and impacts during 2017.
If you would like to make Dundee even better for everyone, have your voice heard and help make the world as passionate about Dundee’s creative scene as we all are, then check out our Amps supporters project.
We are supported in part by Creative Scotland and Dundee City Council and as a social enterprise we generate around 50% of our income through trading activities, reinvesting profits back into creative businesses and the local community. We work in four ways:
We showcase the city’s creative scene to increase awareness and understanding of what makes Dundee a fantastic place to live, work, study and visit. This digital platform and our social media profiles feature creative people, businesses, events and opportunities – they are well used by people across the globe, who are keen to find out what’s happening in and around Dundee.
We run a programme of events which bring people from a huge variety of backgrounds, together to share ideas, inspiration and experiences, and build a common vision and voice for the city. Events includes Pecha Kucha Night – a popular, quick-fire global event night, and Make/Share our free event held on the second Wednesday of every month for people who make things, or make things happen, whatever they may be!
We provide opportunities to nurture and encourage creative talent to develop skills, expertise and pathways within the creative industries and we encourage others to do this too. Read more about the work we’ve done to support this through the Fabric Dundee and Creative Industries Strategy projects.
Through collaborating with others, we believe that we can collectively create much greater impact for the creative sector, city and citizens. We’re part of the UNESCO City of Design partnership group, making sure the creative sector is represented in the city’s strategies and actions. We’re also an associate partner in the European Creative Hubs Network project, which Creative Edinburgh is the lead partner for the UK. Here is a brief snapshot of some of these projects and partnerships.
Inclusion and accessibility are core to everything Creative Dundee does. We are committed to making our own website, activities and events useful and usable by everyone.
Let us know if you have difficulties, we welcome all feedback regarding accessibility or usability – email us with your feedback.