Culture Collective


Open Road is working in partnership with the Fittie Community Development Trust (FCDT) who are a charitable organisation established to support the harbourside community of Footdee, known by its Scots language name of Fittie. 

The FCDT lead on developing the accessible, community owned Gospel Hall as a community hub to improve the wellbeing of residents. The Trust’s work includes making community facilities available for the benefit of residents and visitors, championing the intangible cultural heritage of Fittie, and, as a coastal community at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, pursue environmental sustainability.

With the aim of addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and wider social, economic and environmental influences on community and city, this project will bring three Creative Community Workers into Fittie as well as an early career Creative Producer (early career).


We are now recruiting three Creative Community Workers and one Creative Producer (early career) to work with us and the Fittie Community Development Trust (FCDT) to deliver this project. 

Creative Community Workers 
These roles are imagined for experienced artists and creative practitioners who are looking to bring their creative skills to contribute to wider society. The three posts are: 

Post One: Creative Community Worker The Fittie Community
This post will create a programme of creative initiatives and participatory events to bring the Hall and community connections back to life. 

Post Two: Creative Community Worker Visitors and Migration
This post will further a project focusing on stories of migration in Aberdeen, linking with visitors, other harbourside communities and Aberdeen Harbour. 

Post Three: Creative Community Worker Climate Ready Community
This post will focus on the impacts of climate change for coastal communities and the transition to net-zero carbon emissions, including community owned energy. 

Each Creative Community Worker post is offered as a freelance contract for six months full-time with a total fee of £18,932 each, paid in monthly instalments in arrears. Contracts are flexible and can be spread out part-time over the course of a year. Joint or group applications for each post are welcome. Applicants are asked to state which post they are applying for, but can apply for more than one within the same application. Although no applicant will be offered more than one post. 

Creative Producer (early career) 
We are also looking to recruit an early career Creative Producer to support the delivery of the project, the Creative Community Workers, learn about community arts practice and producing skills, as well as contribute creatively. 

This role is imagined for an early career artist with a desire to widen their skills and experience, or an early career community or arts workers looking to bring their creative skills to contribute to wider society. Alternatively you might be someone with climate change experience wanting to bring your knowledge to a community setting. This post could support a recent graduate, someone looking for a change in direction of career, or a first foot in the door working in the Cultural Sector. We are looking for a people person who is both organised and creative, has a desire to learn and make a difference. 

The Creative Producer (early career) post is offered as a freelance contract for six months full-time with a total fee of £12,874, paid in monthly instalments in arrears. The contract can be flexible and spread out part-time over the course of a year. 

All posts will be supported by Open Road and a dedicated Project Co-ordinator who will provide oversight and guidance, as well as a dedicated Trustee of the FCDT.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 3, May 2021
Interviews: w/c 10 May 2021. In person if restrictions allow or online. 
Envisaged start date: June 2021

For full information, and details on how to apply, follow these links:

Culture Collective Creative Community Workers recruitment document

Culture Collective Creative Producer recruitment document

If you require further information, email:

About Culture Collective

Helping to shape future cultural life of Scotland’s local communities

The Culture Collective is a pilot programme run by Creative Scotland which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19. The programme will focus on community engaged creative activity, supporting participatory approaches and projects where creative practitioners and communities work collaboratively. A key element of this will be proactively responding to the impact of COVID-19, providing employment opportunities for creative practitioners and actively engaging people in shaping the future cultural life of their community.


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