A lack of space
is limiting the growth of Dundee’s creative sector.

Let's change that.

We are developing a network of creative spaces which creates new opportunities for the creative sector in Dundee to thrive.

Our goal is to secure long term space driven by the needs of the creative community which facilitates collaboration, makes the sector visible and valued and demonstrates its potential.



February – May 2024
7 Castle Street, Dundee.

Working in partnership with Dundee City Council, Hapworks is  occupying and animating a vacant unit at 7 Castle Street in Dundee City Centre from February to May 2024.

We are using this space to pilot an adaptable creative space which offers creative coworking alongside an events  programme. It is a platform to test new ways of working, share our long term ambition for a permanent creative space and launch the next stage of the project.

Coworking access

9am 5pm
Monday Thursday
26th February  2nd May 2024

Weekly Passes

Join us as we explore new ways of coworking.

  • Access to the coworking space
  • Refreshments
  • Wifi access
  • Be involved in the development of Hapworks

Please read the coworking agreement before purchasing. Purchase of a pass indicates you agree with these terms and conditions.

4 Week Pass - £50

1 Week Pass - £20

Select a Pass

Day Passes

Pay to access the coworking space on a day to day basis.

This option is available via QR code within the space and is therefore card only. A member of staff will be on hand to help you should you need it.

  • Access to coworking space on day of purchase
  • Refreshments
  • Wifi access

Pay What You Can - £10, £5 or £2.50

Please read the coworking agreement before purchasing. Purchase of a pass indicates you agree with these terms and conditions.

Want to use the space?

Event space hire

The space is available to hire for events,workshops and short pop-ups. Drop us an email  to discuss availability and hire costs. We know there are limited spaces for individuals to make things happen in the city. Therefore reduced rates are available for freelancers, self employed creatives, students and informal groups.


Hapworks_00 Social
// Thu 21 Mar, 5pm–6.30pm
Join us after-hours to meet with other creative folk using the Hapworks_00 coworking space. There will be a chance to meet new people and hear about what they do and are currently working on. We will also gather some feedback on your experience of using the space to find out how we can improve it over the pilot period and what learnings could inform our future ambitions for a long term space.

Why are we
doing this?

The need

Creative practitioners and businesses need access to long term space to establish, sustain and grow their practice or business in Dundee.

Unless stated otherwise, the following data is the result of a survey run by Hapworks between 31st October and 10th December 2023. It was completed by 106 respondents who identified as a creative practitioner, business or organisation.

Download the survey findings


of respondents said they have previously struggled to find the space they needed for their creative practice, business or projects. 


said they have previously considered leaving Dundee due to a lack of creative spaces and 50% cited having to leave Dundee as a potential outcome if they were unable to access adequate creative space.


of respondents said their current space was not fit for purpose and 17% stated they currently had nowhere to do their creative work.

The opportunity


of respondents said they need an alternative space to work in.


of Dundee’s city centre units are vacant.

Higher than the Scottish average of 15.2%.


of UK adults agree that cultural experiences on the high street give them a sense of pride about their local area and 50% would like to see more.

The scale

“Scotland’s creative industries employeed 90,000 people in 2019 contributing £4.2 billion to the economy that year.”

Over 500 students graduate each year from creative industries courses at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.

The potential


of survey respondents said access to a suitable creative space could allow them to dedicate more time to their creative work, 63% said it could allow new collaborations and 54% said it could allow them to stay in Dundee.

“Jobs in the creative industries are growing at 4 times the rate of the UK average.”


“For every £1 of GVA generated by the arts and culture industry, an additional £1.14 of GVA is supported in the wider UK economy and for every 1 job in the arts and culture industry, an additional 1.65 jobs are supported in the wider UK economy.”

Other ways
get involved

Tell us what you need

Creative practitioners & businesses

We actively want to involve creative communities and existing spaces in the development of this vision. Working together we have a more impactful voice and are better able to share knowledge, experiences, resources and networks.

If you are a creative practitioner, organisation or business, help us advocate for more creative spaces and inform our future work by telling us what creative space you need through events and workshops or get in touch.


Support us with skills

We are looking for people or organisations that can support us as part of an advisory group with expertise in:

  • Fundraising
  • Property acquisition
  • Planning
  • Law

If you can offer your skills please get in touch.

Landlords, funders & investors

Work with us

Financial investment and property is required to develop and realise our vision. Do you want to:

  • Help create new economic opportunities for the creative sector?
  • Demonstrate new and innovative models for vacant spaces?
  • Invest in the future of Dundee?

We would love to work with you, please get in touch.


Hapworks aims to create welcoming and sociable creative spaces which create the conditions for new connections to be made and as a result  new collaborations and new work.

hap - chance, luck and fortune. 

works - references Dundee’s industrial heritage, physical spaces for process and production. 

The Haparanda - “The Hap” opened in 1957 and was located on Arbroath Rd, Dundee. A confectionary shop and cafe by day, transforming into a trendy, happening hang out in the evenings with music and performances.


Hapworks has been enabled by Creative Dundee with support from Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations and Dundee City Council’s Vacant to Vibrant initiative.

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