Dundee Comics Creative Space
Dundee Comics Creative Space (DCCS), developed by The University of Dundee, is a social enterprise which encourages learning through comics, supports aspiring comic artists and provides individuals with educational workshops.
What is our Relationship with DCCS?
Since 2015, The Rank Foundation have worked in collaboration with DCCS, who have been really willing to engage in all the Foundation’s projects. For instance, DCCS designed the front of The Rank Fellowship Charities Evening brochure (see picture), recently hired their first intern on our Time to Shine programme and supported Caitlin Mitchell, one of our Leadership Award Holders on her CAP placement.
Caitlin (see photo below of Caitlin out in Dundee delivering DCCS posters and flyers with DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd) thoroughly enjoyed her CAP placement and gained valuable skills by working at DCCS:
‘’A highlight of my placement was getting to sit in on some of the workshops, both with young people and with Advocating Together (another Rank-funded organisation), who are creating a comic about tackling disability hate crime with DCCS. It was fantastic to see how happy the young people are here and it showed how worthwhile DCCS is. I’ve had a great time and I thank the team at DCCS for making me feel really welcome.’’
I’ve also learnt lots of new skills, such as graphic design and website editing, which I will definitely use in the future. During my placement I’ve worked closely with other people in DCCS, such as working out social media strategies with Damon Herd the Coordinator, which helped develop teamwork skills. I’ve also done some individual work where I needed to be innovative and confident in myself, such as creating interview questions for each of the different groups of people I profiled.’’
For more on Caitlin’s experience during her CAP placement, please see the comic below.
Caitlin’s CAP placement also made a positive impact on DCCS, as explained by Damon:
‘’Caitlin’s main achievement was boosting the public profile of DCCS and the work we do here. She did this through a concentrated burst of blog posts on our website and social media platforms, designing the graphics for new print media and by interviewing staff, artists and the young people who attend our Comic Clubs and using this material in her promotional blog posts. She also collaborated on a comic’s project with Rebecca Horner, an artist here at DCCS.’’