International Creative Entrepreneurs


ICE // NT Creative Arts

From 2011 – 2013, International Creative Entrepreneurs (ICE) offered an intensive, fully funded programme that included a three month placement overseas, one-to-one mentoring and action learning sessions to 11 of Scotland’s creative leaders and entrepreneurs.

ICE’s purpose was to develop the capacity of emerging and mid career leaders for creative entrepreneurship, leadership and international competencies through experiencing entrepreneurial international contexts. The programme comprises a three month placement, supported by a mentor and a dedicated award manager, and offered in the following countries: Turkey, China/Hong Kong, South Africa, India and Australia, South Korea and Brazil.

ICE1 and 2 were funded as part of Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme with support for ICE1 from the Cultural Leadership Programme. ICE was delivered by NT Creative Arts with support from Suzy Glass and additional international support from Sioned Hughes. Shift supported NT Creative Arts on research, coordination and delivery of the international placements and delivered the end of project event SPLICE in both 2012 and 2013. Recordings of the presentations at SPLICE in 2013 are available on request.

NT Creative Arts also supported Kim Simpson to develop her own leadership skills by funding placements in London with Arts Admin and an R&D visit to Australia, meeting with leaders in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Kim was also part funded by NT Creative Arts, Creative Scotland and The Work Room to take part in CCSkills Future Leaders programme in 2013/14.

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