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Design as a Strategy for Growth and Innovation in the Creative Economy of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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DING, led by Glasgow School of Art, and Shetland Arts invite artists and creative practitioners to participate in DING STUDIO/OPEN STUDIO workshops in NEW COLLABORATIONS on Tuesday 3rd October in Mareel.

The workshops aim to gather creative practitioners and businesses from all artforms to collaborate on collective models of action and new approaches for the creative economy. There will be three parts to the day, each based on design innovation activities aiming to connect and stimulate growth across Shetland’s creative community.

  • 10.00-12.30 offers creative industries students group activities to discuss and map career paths and creative trajectories to develop in Shetland and beyond, followed by a networking lunch (free soup & sandwiches @ 12.30)
  • 14.00-17.00 offers 1 hour surgeries for individuals or small groups involved in, or planning, creative projects and businesses. Each surgery will explore key challenges through a selection of design methods with an aim to develop strategic plans or specific ideas and actions for the project’s/business’s growth.
  • 17.30-20.00 invites creative practitioners to a facilitated group discussion on innovation and creative industry challenges for Shetland, and devise collective strategies for growth (free soup & sandwiches @ 17.30).

The sessions will be hosted by experienced design researchers in the creative economy including Dr Katherine Champion, Lecturer in Media and Communications at University of Stirling, Dr Michael Pierre Johnson, Creative Economy Research Fellow, and Zoe Prosser, Research Assistant, both at The Innovation School at The Glasgow School of Art.

Booking and further information

Participation is free but places are limited so booking is required for each session using this form. Note the deadline in the flyer has been extended.

For further informtion on the project or the content of the sessions contact Dr Michael Pierre Johnson -

The .pdf flyer can be downloaded here.


DING is an 18 month project (Feb 2017 to Jul 2018) funded by AHRC Knowledge Exchange (KE) Hubs for the Creative Economy Follow-on-Funding (FoF) to build on the activities and knowledge generated from Design in Action (DiA). The central focus of DiA has been to demonstrate design as a strategy for economic growth and innovation, focusing on the value of design-led innovation across business, technology and policy. DiA KE activities have been primarily focused on the central belt and cities in Scotland, so the aim of this FoF project is to apply the strategic design methods and approaches developed and tested in DiA with new audiences in the Highlands and Islands (H&I) region.


DESIGN INNOVATION FOR NEW GROWTH (DING): design as a strategy for growth and innovation in the creative economy of the Highlands and Islands

Arts & Humanities Research Council Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme


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