‘Nine Trades of Dundee’ aimed to increase arts access and participation for non-arts audiences in Dundee by bringing art activity and creativity to the heart of the workplace. A shared trade with its language, skills base, and working experience was the common factor that brings artist and group together overcoming that initial barrier of what art is and preconceptions of who can be an ‘artist’. Each project then developed through engagement and artistic experimentation to create a significant, inspiring and ambitious exchange and collaboration for both parties. The output was open to be a jointly produced artwork; a shared strategy for the workplace; an artwork multiple distributed through wider trade; or a permanent intervention in the work environment.
Our curatorial strategies are inspired by ‘The Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee’. This organisation, operating since the 1400s, represents nine trade groups: Baker, Cordiner (Shoemaker), Glover, Tailor, Bonnetmaker, Flesher (butcher), Hammerman, Dyer and Weaver. Contact email@example.com