“…when the creative sector becomes part of an overall development and growth strategy, it can contribute to the revitalization of the national economy where hybrid and dynamic economic and cultural exchanges occur and innovation is nurtured.”

UN REPORT on Creative Economy 2013

Creative Stirling started life in 2012 as a small collective of creatives working together to support grass-root arts and culture in Stirlingshire. Our challenge was to achieve this at a time when funding for the arts was disappearing like snow from a dyke and change was the only sure thing for the cultural landscape of Scotland. With open minds and hearts, we did what our local creative community asked for, creating a lively and eclectic programme of projects, pop up events and exhibitions. In the six years since our humble beginnings, we have worked with hundreds of Stirlingshire’s young and emerging artists, makers, designers, musicians, writers and performers. We have delivered an enormous variety and number of creative events in uncharted places in and around our city. We are here to encourage and support local talent and to offer something new and creative, for all our community to enjoy. To this end, in 2016 Creative Stirling became a Scottish Charity that operates as a social enterprise. The ‘Made in Stirling’ store is a community gallery, workshop and shop, which is where people can easily find and engage with Creative Stirling. What started life as a pop-up project has had six relocations within Stirling City Centre, refining and growing how we work along the way, to support a collective of a hundred strong, local artists and makers. The ‘Made in Stirling’ store continues to evolve as new people come on board. It is the cornerstone upon we will continue to build Creative Stirling into a successful social enterprise.
Demand for more community events and projects and a lengthening waiting list of artists looking for space to show and sell their work, illustrated the need for Creative Stirling to scale its activities. In November 2018, with the help of our artists and makers collective, business partners and our friends in the community, we opened our doors at 44 King Street to our new Creative Hub in the heart of the City. In a matter of weeks, an empty retail outlet was transformed into our new collective shop, community gallery, workshop, venue and event space. Our vision is to extend Creative Stirling’s reach into the community. Ideas that are on the table and for which we are actively seeking funding, are a community kitchen and café, capital for equipment for makers workshops and a children’s learning space. The hub will be a creative space that welcomes people in and where practical support for creative enterprise and local talent will be available. It will be the HQ for the Stirling Place Partnership, project managed by Creative Stirling, supported by Creative Scotland and Stirling Council working with the Stirling Cultural Partners.
We realised early on that Creative Stirling had scope as a broader force for good. Within the community we had become a known and trusted place where people would connect and be able to participate in artist-led projects and creative workshops and enjoy performances, talks and screenings. This was recognised in a Creative Scotland Report that concluded that Creative Stirling was the only creative artists network studied, that could show social alongside economic impact with 100% of people attending the Stirling focus group agreeing that - ‘Creative Stirling has broken down the barriers and is making the creative sector more available to the local community.’ The innovation foundation, NESTA, confirmed this link between economic and social outcomes in their report, Creative Nation: How the Creative Industries are powering the UK’s Nations and Regions (2018).

Joe Hall


Joe Hall is the Founder and Director of Creative Stirling. She has been working with a host of brilliant people in Stirling since 2012 to create a place where arts and culture works for the community and support to pursue a career in the creative industries is available to all.

Paul Jenkins

Creative & Curator

Paul grew up not far from Stirling, but ran away from the hills to London, started his own label and quickly began supplying to TopShop, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Barneys, and Harvey Nicols to namedrop the big ones. He has returned to Scotland to live a quiet life. Since joining Creative Stirling it's been anything but in the best possible way. His favourite part of the job is lending his skills to all things creative and helping the Artists within the store develop their own identity, while constantly growing @madeinstirlingstore.

Ruth Currie

Stirling Place Partnership

Ruth is the project manager for Stirling’s Place Partnership. She joined the Creative Stirling team in August 2018 and is with us here in Stirling 3 days a week. Her role is all about working with the Stirling Cultural Partnership to connect up creative activity across Stirling and work with local people to shape Stirling’s creative identity.

Ruth’s background is in music and when she’s not working with us, she’s doing her PhD about the responsibility of publicly funded cultural leaders.

Sam Warnock

Events Program Assistant

After joining the team on an internship in 2016, Sam now works as the Events Program Assistant, helping with various different jobs required on all of Creative Stirling’s events, including running the Pecha Kucha steering group. He is also responsible for manging the social media pages.

He is currently working on his undergraduate dissertation in Global Cinema and plans to undertake a postgraduate degree in Film Programming in the near future.

Helen McKay

Personal Assistant

Helen works within the Creative Stirling team as Personal Assistant to the Director and as a general administrator, covering everything from client meetings, managing the diary and book keeping.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy and worked in this profession in Australia for several years specialising in Dementia, young people with autism and children with learning difficulties.

Sam Green


Sam began at Creative Stirling in 2013 as part of her university placement. After continuing to volunteer, Sam then became one of the Curators for Made In Stirling store. Sam has a passion for conceptual art, community engagement and wine.

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Creative Stirling has broken down the barriers and is making the creative sector more available to the local community.