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British Council: Mapping Creative Hubs in Scotland

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We have been commissioned by the British Council to conduct an analysis of Creative Hubs across Scotland, to map the network and speak with Hub leaders as well as some members of the Hubs to get a current picture of the profile of hubs and the roles they play in their communities. We want to understand the users who are accessing the space as well as the members who pay to use the space for their work. That's why we are getting in touch with you!


In order to carry out this work, we are starting with a survey which is open until Monday 16 March. It takes around 15 minutes to complete and once you have contributed we would appreciate it if you shared it with any other Creative Hubs in your network:


We recognise that some of Scotland’s creative hubs may have already filled in surveys and dedicated some precious time for interviews for a similar exercise back in 2018. This initial research was unfortunately not completed; however, we recognise the need for such a valuable resource both for the sector and stakeholders outside the sector. Both the British Council and Creative Scotland are invested in delivering a quality mapping produced and shared with the sector and wider audiences. 

Therefore, the British Council are kick-starting this new exercise with us, aiming to have a map of creative hubs in Scotland completed by May 2020. We are starting this exercise with an initial survey to capture the activity across the various Creative Hubs in Scotland. If you are interested in contributing further, we are seeking innovative case studies to explore further the impacts, challenges and ambitions for the sector. This information will be collated into a final report for the British Council.

Why contribute?

The purpose of this mapping is to offer a wide understanding of where creative hubs are situated across Scotland, what they look like, how they work, and what their struggles and ambitions are. It is the hope that this report will bring in new opportunities for hubs in terms of both local and international collaborations. The mapping of hubs in Scotland will be part of a UK-wide overview report on creative hubs.


For the hubs themselves, the report will be an up-to-date resource, mapping the length and breadth of talent across Scotland of people working in Creative Hubs.  It will make great cases for support from local authorities, funders or stakeholders. It can also be a useful tool for understanding who their peers are and for sharing and learning experiences.


GDPR disclaimer

With regards to the survey, your hub’s name, location, and some profile details such as community size, types of programmes, etc. might be published in the report. All other individual data retrieved will be treated confidentially, and only aggregated data will be made public.

Your data will be stored by the British Council in the UK. The British Council will treat all personal information in accordance with the UK and local law, including data transfers from the UK, and its own information security and privacy policy, and will not sell or disclose your details to 3rd parties for commercial reasons.  


Under UK Data Protection law you have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on you and the right to ask us to correct any inaccurate information. If you want more information about this please contact the global data protection team at For more information go to .  

If you have any questions please feel free to email Lindsay Dunbar