APPLICATIONS CLOSED. European Creative Hubs Skills Workshop #3 How to Future-Proof Your Creative Hub, 26.10 – 27.10

Press Release 


European Creative Hubs Skills Workshop #3 | 26th – 27th October | @Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee in the UK.

Consortium partners of the European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN), a project co-funded by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme, in collaboration with Creative Edinburgh & Creative Dundee, announce a two day international workshop titled “How to Future-Proof Your Creative Hub”, to be held in Edinburgh & Dundee on 26 – 27 October, 2017.

An open call for participation is currently running for creative hub leaders, with 4 years or more experience of leading a creative hub, from across Europe.

Deadline: Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 23:59 CET


We are currently running an open call for participation in this workshop, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of hub leaders from across Europe, who have been running a hub or hubs for at least 4 years and have strategic and decision-making responsibilities.

Interested creative hub leaders should fill in the online application form:

●  Application form
●  by Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 23:59 CET.

The ECHN team will run a selection process of participants, based on the responses in the application form. In case your application is successful, you will be contacted by ECHN staff in order to organise the logistics of your stay in Edinburgh. The workshop will bring together a compact group of experienced creative hub leaders from across the EU, aiming for a maximum of 30 participants, in order to allow for an effective training atmosphere.

The full workshop agenda will be available and communicated on 6th September 2017.

Draft programme:

Edinburgh Workshop Programme (draft):

Thursday October 26:

10.00 – 13.00           Morning arrivals, hub tour, lunch
13:00 – 18:00           Networking, future scenario planning, action learning sets, mentoring, ……………………………introduction to Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee,
18:00 – 23:00           Dinner, evening social events

Friday October 27:

9.30 – 13.00            Morning sessions – future proofing
13:00 – 18:00           Visit to Dundee, networking with local hubs
18:00 – 20:00           Forward to the Future talks
20:00 – 21:30           Travel back to Edinburgh

Social and supplementary activities and tours will take place at times to be confirmed.

In case that your application to participate is selected, we will be able to cover expenses for one representative of your organisation – accommodation costs for two nights (October 26 and 27) and a travel stipend – as outlined below:
Accommodation in Edinburgh – 2 nights booked and covered directly by the ECHN – organised by the British Council and Creative Edinburgh.
Travel reimbursement towards your travel costs (arranged yourself) – up to 350 euros, reimbursed based on boarding passes and invoice (which you provide).

We would like to mention that due to the nature of the workshop, we cannot accept any extra representatives at the event.


“How to Future-Proof Your Creative Hub”

The intention of this workshop is to strengthen creative hub leadership by exploring the future role of creative hubs, looking at forward-planning and strategies for future-proofing. It will also bring together and build a community of hub leaders for peer-learning and ongoing peer-support, exchange and best-practice sharing.

By running this workshop for more experienced hub leaders, the European Creative Hubs Network consortium aim to build resilience in a sector that is a key component of future creative economies and foster a strong, connected leadership of creative hubs.

Claire Stewart, Director of Creative Edinburgh said:

“I’m hugely excited about the opportunity to welcome experienced creative hub leaders to Edinburgh, to learn, connect and share experiences.
Our workshop programme will focus on leadership, building valuable new connections and peer learning, and represents an incredible opportunity to connect with hub leaders, share expertise and work together on envisioning the future of the creative hubs sector.”

Gillian Easson, Director of Creative Dundee said:

“We look forward to welcoming creative hub leaders from around Europe to participate in what will be an exciting programme of activity – looking at the future of creative hubs and how leaders respond to future trends, challenges and opportunities. Working with Creative Edinburgh and British Council enables us to create an ambitious schedule of activity and also share our own learning from the successful development of Creative Dundee as a crucial hub for the city.”

Created as a bespoke programme for the European Creative Hubs Network by Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee, in collaboration with specialists and experts in cultural leadership training and business leadership, The Future of Creative Hubs workshop will focus on building leadership skills and on peer-learning to harness the expertise in the room. Through collaboration, sharing, exchange and discussion of the future trends and issues that will influence the development of creative hubs, we will strengthen links across the community of creative hub leaders for future learning and collaboration.

The workshop will consist of a blended programme of exercises, talks, learning activities and group-work that will give participants the space and tools to effectively plan for the future of their creative hubs, as well as building valuable relationships and practical take-away tools for ongoing support and development after the workshop.

In contrast with the series of large-scale Fora organised by ECHN in Belgrade or Athens, these workshops are small-scale practical meetings (max. 30 participants) with the objective of efficiently developing and improving the skills of a small groups of creative hub leaders. The workshops should be able to lead to concrete and meaningful learning outcomes, which the participants will be able to cascade, disseminate and put into practice after the workshop, at their local level.


Creative Edinburgh

As the largest network of creatives in Edinburgh, Creative Edinburgh are committed to advancing the value and impact of creativity- both locally and internationally. Established in 2011, the network has now grown to over 3,500 members from across creative, cultural and tech sectors in Edinburgh.

By connecting our community of talented and ambitious creatives, Creative Edinburgh enable intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and community building. A close diverse network in our city facilitates peer support and advice, igniting working relationships across sectors. Organising events and programmes to help creative individuals and businesses create, collaborate and stay connected at every stage of their careers, Creative Edinburgh also provides mentoring and access to support, and works on a mobile hub approach, opening up creative spaces across the city.


Creative Dundee

Creative Dundee supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity.
Creative Dundee became an organisation in 2013, they lead projects which generate local, national and international opportunities for people and the city – they exist to support the city’s strong creative ecology, showcase the city’s creative scene and increase awareness and understanding of what makes Dundee a fantastic place to live, work, study and visit. They showcase creative people, businesses, events and opportunities, run a programme of events which bring people together to build a common vision and voice for the city, and connect the creatives of Dundee.

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For speakers and content:
– Claire Stewart ( )

For participants and logistics:
– Estere Upmace (

For more information, read the press release.