Hapworks is made up of creative practitioners, businesses and organisations based in the city who are working collaboratively to advocate and negotiate for better access to space for creativity. Since February 2023 Creative Dundee has actively engaged over 390 people through a programme of public events and workshops to better understand their needs and develop this collective vision.
We want to develop a network of spaces managed by the creative community which facilitates collaborations across disciplines and sectors, creates new opportunities and makes creativity visible and valued. Providing the security of long term space, will allow the creative sector to grow, take risks and reach its potential.
These spaces will enhance and maintain Dundee’s reputation as a vibrant and creative city, encouraging people to stay as well as attracting new talent. They will provide new opportunities for local people, beyond those working in the creative sector; creating places for anyone to experience creativity and access the space and tools they need to make creative projects happen, demonstrating community wealth building in action.
Whilst there are vital creative spaces in the city, over the last decade we have seen a significant loss of others, many of which were catalysts for innovation and Dundee’s current cultural identity.
In Dundee’s Creative Industries Strategy 2017 - 2021, lack of creative space was identified as a key challenge and with fewer spaces now available, creative practitioners are leaving the city to find opportunities elsewhere. In order to maintain our reputation as a vibrant and creative city we must make space for creative practitioners, collaborations and experimentation to happen.
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:
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:
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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