International Creative Entrepreneurship: 2012 Fellows

An elite squad of six creative ninjas has been unleashed upon the world, as Creative Scotland’s inaugural International Creative Entrepreneurs fly out across the globe to work with some of the world’s top creative leaders.

I was the first to depart, heading from Scotland to Cape Town’s Design Indaba to scope creative companies in South Africa from January – June 2012. Check out my ongoing blog of the best from creative Cape Town.

Here’s a little about my extremely talented colleagues and their postings, complete with cheesy matching pictures and in the order in which they set sail.

From festivals to design: Anna in Cape Town >


Tiernan Kelly is Director of Film City Glasgow, Scotland’s dedicated production facility for the screen industries, with the resolute mission to bring high value, international screen projects to the country.  He was part of the transformation of arts venue The Arches and he’s also musical, lucky dog – he has a range of television and theatre composer credits.

Tiernan will be working in the Western Australia heat at FORM, looking at how the not-for-profit organisation advocates for and develops creativity in the region. Executive Director Lynda Dorrington coordinates FORM’s work in Aboriginal Creative Development, Creative Capital and Industry Development.


Sally Hobson is on a whirlwind tour of key arts companies in Australia and Hong Kong, spending most of her placement with Carriageworks, a multi-disciplinary space in Sydney.

Sally is Head of Programme Development at the Edinburgh International Festival, putting together each year a massive extravaganza of theatre, ballet, opera and music. Somehow, she not only has time to run her own production company, StillPoint Productions, but write plays as well – she’s a recipient of The Arches New Stage Directors Award.


Paul Fitzpatrick is the producer and joint-CEO at Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, producing theatre for children and young people. As with so many arts roles in the UK, Paul juggles his creative side with the responsibilities of running and growing a business.

I’m looking forward to finding out how Paul gets on at the Weaver’s Studio in Kolkata. Director Darshan Shah directly employs 250 craftspeople at the Weaver’s Studio, which produces high-quality goods for its commercial endeavours and its gallery/resource centre.


Sarah Raffel is an award winning designer and businesswoman, the Founding Creative Director of Brazen Studios. Brazen specialises in bespoke creative design and gorgeous commercial collections – the literary ninja in me loves these silver Between the Lines earrings.

Sarah will be working with Managing Director Benjamin Lau at Goods of Desire (GOD), an Asian lifestyle and culture emporium in Hong Kong. GOD has exploded onto the retail scene with a number of popular stores, and I’m curious to learn more about how the company has expanded so rapidly, while keeping true to its creative roots.


Sarah Tierney is Head of Content at Twig, a digital innovator of international education resources. A Producer and Executive Producer who has worked on Oscar®-nominated and BAFTA-winning productions, Sarah founded and ran independent production company Clarity Productions, producing award-winning, social-purpose broadcast and independent documentary film.

Sarah’s also off to FORM in Australia, taking up her placement in May 2012, after Tiernan completes his posting. Along the way, I’ll see if she’ll give us the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a newly-minted Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts.



Adventures from Anna in creative Cape Town and at the inspirational Design Indaba.


ICE, ICE, Baby  – Stop, Collaborate and Listen. Based on a Vanilla Ice song, ICE has been funded by Creative Scotland to give six of us space and time to share and learn from amazing creative leaders across the world.

An Overview of ICE >


ICE is supported by Creative Scotland, part of their Creative Futures fund, and delivered by Nicola Turner and Kim Simpson through NT Creative Arts.


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