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Collective futures: cultivating creative collectives.

Fairburn, Sue; Chan, Rebecca; McGillivray, David; Livingston, Bronwen; Docherty, Catherine; Ross, Kirsty; Kinnear, Christine


Sue Fairburn

Rebecca Chan

David McGillivray

Bronwen Livingston

Catherine Docherty

Kirsty Ross

Christine Kinnear


Collective Futures was a partnership project between three highly regarded institutions operating in the creative industries: Gray's School of Art, University of The West of Scotland (UWS) and the Glasgow School of Art. The partners undertook a unique exploration of creative collectives as a route to economic success and talent development for designer-makers. The collaborative nature of the partnership working throughout the project was recognised by the partners as a form of Creative Academic Collective. The aims of the project were consistent with Creative Scotland's strategic intention to support talent hubs for creative practitioners, and also aligned with recent reports (EKOS) and initiatives such as the South of Scotland Social Enterprise Initiative (SOSCEI), Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) and Emergents, that reinforced the importance of scale, networking, collaboration and the notion of creative places around the country to support creative industries. Central to the success of the project was a meaningful connection and engagement of designer/maker communities and creative practitioners in several parts of Scotland. This project sought to explore effective models of collective working that support designer/makers in the development of their own talent and to sustain and grow their creative businesses.


FAIRBURN, S., CHAN, R., MCGILLIVRAY, D., LIVINGSTON, B., DOCHERTY, C., ROSS, K. and KINNEAR, C. 2015. Collective futures: cultivating creative collectives. [Final Report]. Glasgow: Collective Futures.

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date Apr 15, 2015
Publication Date Apr 15, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 19, 2016
Publisher Collective Futures Project
Keywords Design innovation; Design makers; Environmental scanning
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