Converge Creates

Are you a creative practitioner looking to transform your freelance work into something more sustainable? Want to gain some transferrable entrepreneurial skills to complement your creative ones?

Converge Creates is a new, unique training programme designed with creatives and artists in mind. Whether you’re a student, recent graduate or staff member of any Scottish university, this FREE course will equip you with the skills, network and inspiration to apply your creativity in a new way and boost your confidence to start, grow and expand your practice.  And who knows, maybe even explore a new business idea.

For more information on the programme, speakers and how to sign up, see below:

Speaker panel

Our speakers are all specialists in the Creative Industries

Bayile Adeoti

Founder Dechomia

A social entrepreneur and project manager with 12 years’ experience in hospitality. Holding a variety of management and leadership qualifications, Bayile’s experiences led her to start Dechomai in 2015, a social enterprise empowering black and minority ethnic (BME) women with leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Passionate for developing and coaching women to become leaders and change makers, Bayile serves on advisory boards for BME businesses, is president for the Scottish Women in Business, a YE Scotland Alumni Board member and Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassador.


Rachael Brown

Co-founder The Future Economy Company

Rachael has worked in the fields of creativity and social impact for over 25 years. She now specialises in supporting and nurturing creatives who want to develop sustainable practice. With a background in opera and drama, she is regularly asked to speak on the impact of creativity and entrepreneurship.


Michelle Cohen

Director Art on Scotland

Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Michelle has resided in Glasgow since 2011 and consequently the beautiful Scottish landscapes and urban architecture have become the focus of her paintings and photography. As well as being a self-taught artist, Michelle has been organising art and music events in the city for over a decade. Running the outdoor market, Art on the Exchange in Royal Exchange Square since 2014, Michelle has worked with 1000s of artists and makers and has recently transformed her studio into a music and workshop venue. 


Marion Scott

Founder Make Yourself Heard

After ten years in sales and marketing Marion went to drama school. Combining her business and arts skills she created Make Yourself Heard, a company dedicated to voice and presence coaching. Marion is also a lecturer at Queen Margaret University on the Acting and Performance degree, helping to train the actors of tomorrow for theatre, film and television.


Lee Johnstone

Design for Business Programme Manager V&A

With a design background, Lee provides a design-led perspective in the quality and rigour of the programme. With a particular interest in visual storytelling, using drawing to communicate playfully, Lee champions design thinking as a tool for breaking down the barriers to some of our most complex problems, working with an empathetic, questioning and collaborative approach, putting people at the heart of the decisions she makes


Lynne Martin

Strategic Lead for Design for Business V&A

With a background in business support for Scotland’s creative economy, Lynne has witnessed first-hand the transformational effect design thinking can have on communities, businesses, and individuals. On a mission to make design thinking and its benefits accessible to everyone, committed to solving problems and driving positive change. In her creative practice, Lynne tinkers about with the Scottish folk tradition through performing songs and storytelling and is always up for chats about heritage, storytelling, music and all things Scotland.


Course details

The course kicks off with an in-person workshop hosted by Lee Johnstone and Lynne Martin from the Design for Business team at the V&A Dundee. You'll learn about the mindset required to think like a designer, be introduced to design tools and make your way through a fun and informative process from ideas to prototyping. Expect sticky notes, sharpies, play and new ways of thinking and working!

We then have four online workshops including:

Creativity & Impact - how to think, act and create a socially impactful creative endeavour using real-life examples of inspirational creative practitioners

Sustainability - find out what being sustainable means as a creative entrepreneur and learn how to develop a sustainable business model and develop tools to make your business more sustainable

Raising Ambition - develop strategies to help you grow personally and professionally

Presentation Skills - learn the tips and techniques of communication to increase your presence when pitching and presenting

  • Innovation & Design Thinking
    14 November - 10am-3pm
  • Creativity & Impact
    16 November - 10am-12.30pm
  • Sustainability
    21 November - 10am-12.30pm
  • Raising Ambition
    22 November - 10am-12.30pm
  • Presentation Skills
    28 November - 10am-12.30pm

Bag your free place

Sign up by Wednesday 2 November (12 noon) using this link