Creative Dundee believes that culture and creativity are essential catalysts for positive change. We exist to support creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by amplifying and connecting the city’s creativity.
We create the spaces to enable opportunities, galvanise action and profile the city so that citizens and visitors alike can access, experience and enjoy Dundee’s active creative scene.
We lead collaborative projects which generate local, national and international opportunities for people and the city – to support Dundee’s strong creative ecology. Find out more about what we do and how we do it below.
If you would like to join us and make Dundee even better for everyone, have your voice heard and make the world as passionate about the city’s creative scene as we all are, then do check out our Amps supporters network.
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. We create and feature original content about creative people, businesses, events and opportunities – our digital platforms are well used by people across the globe, who are keen to find out what’s happening in and around Dundee. If you want to explore the city then check out 99 Things to See and Do in Dundee, our guide crowdsourced by people who live here and love it.
We run a programme of events which brings 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 Dundee Soup – a social event giving micro-grants to community based projects in Dundee. Our Amps Supporters Network has created a Community Ideas Fund which awards funding each year to a project which benefits the city.
We provide opportunities to nurture and encourage people to develop skills, expertise and pathways within the creative industries. Read more about the work we’ve done to through the Fabric Dundee and leading the development of the city’s first Creative Industries Strategy, co-designed with those working and studying in the city’s creative industries sector, and the local and national agencies who support the creative industries.
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. Here is a brief snapshot of some of the projects and partnerships we’ve been involved in.
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Starting life as a side project blog in 2008, the aim of Creative Dundee 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 last year. Find out more about our 10 year journey to becoming a Regularly Funded Organisation with Creative Scotland here.
We are proud to be supported by our partners, Creative Scotland and Dundee City Council. As a social enterprise we also generate income through trading activities, reinvesting profits back into creative businesses and the local community.
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.