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A Creative Enlightenment 2017

Social and Digital Ventures

This training programme was for doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities from across Scotland thinking about how they could apply their skills and experience beyond the PhD, particularly in relation to being self-employed or starting a business or social enterprise. 

Programme overview

A Creative Enlightenment (ACE) incorporated a mix of workshops and talks that looked at aspects of setting up a social enterprise, protecting your intellectual property, using digital to develop audiences, sources of funding and pitching your idea.

The programme struck a balance between focusing on your own professional development and bigger picture issues affecting creative and social enterprises.

ACE took place over three venues in Spring of 2017, hosted by innovative creative organisations across three cities. Dundee Contemporary Arts in Dundee, Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh and Paisley Museum in Paisley.


  • Included a range of industry speakers including:Beth Bate, Dundee Contemporary Arts; Gillian Easson, Creative Dundee; Katie Ailes, Loud Poets; Philip Hannay, Cloch Solicitors; Rebecca Thompson, Hot Tap Media/Social Screen; Susan Morrison, Bright Club
  • Building skills through a Social Enterprise Academy workshop on starting and running a social enterprise
  • Getting an insider view on juggling research with artistic enterprise
  • Finding out how to identify, protect and exploit your IP and free IP rights
  • Gaining insights into future trends in digital
  • Finding out about sources of funding and learning how to find your voice and pitch your idea through a Bright Club Workshop
  • Applying your research thinking to real industry challenges

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