Open Road

What we do

We believe that culture and creativity inspired by people and place transforms lives. 

Our mission is to be a creative, entrepreneurial organisation rooted in North East Scotland (‘the North’), but with a global vision: using arts, culture, heritage and the natural landscape to contribute towards health and wellbeing, tourism and environmental sustainability. 

How we can help

Our passion is to tell stories and help you tell yours. This includes delivering projects that mean the world to you, or change the way the world sees you. We can help tell the story of your company or organisation to the public, employees, clients or funders. We can guide your community through storytelling projects of the past, present and possible futures. Through our training, mentoring and talent development we can help you change the story you tell about yourself. 

Talk to us

We offer:

  • Project management
  • Fundraising
  • Community engagement
  • Festival management 
  • Training and talent development 
  • Live performance
  • Research and report writing 

We like to talk. To start a conversation please contact us.


We were here and this is what we saw ™

We were here and this is what we saw is a series of moments in time recording where we were and what we experienced. Some moments are historical, others personal, some both. Sometimes they are articles, sometimes photo essays, sometimes films. If you have a ‘we were here and this is what we saw’ you’d like to submit then get in touch.

Travels With Fittie

In this Blog post, co-founder Lesley Anne Rose looks at the evolution of Open Road's Culture Collective project through the lens of her experience as a travel writer.


Mirage book release

Told with humour, humility and honesty, Mirage offers a rare glimpse of one of the world’s most rapidly changing cultures, explores the challenges of working with communities as an outsider, and beautifully illustrates the Bedouin proverb ‘we learn little from success but much from failure’...