Dundee Soup

Dundee Soup is an event where people, charities and community groups are awarded micro-grants to make their ideas reality.

Video from Dundee Soup in September 2018 by Allison Declercq

Thank you to Allison Declerq for this video – you can find more of Allison’s work here.

Dundee Soup is a social event supporting local community-based projects and creating new connections in the city. For a suggested donation of £5 or more, you can join us on the night to receive a simple soup supper and hear short presentations from local people with ideas to benefit the community – these can range from art, design, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and much more. At the end of the night, everyone chooses which project their donation will go to!

Anyone can come along to Dundee Soup, if you want to learn about and support projects that will benefit your community, come along! This event is also great for community groups to meet like-minded people who they can collaborate with in the future.

Anyone who has an idea to benefit Dundee’s communities can pitch whether you are an individual, small team or community group. Our application form for pitching is open all year round for anyone that has an idea they would like to share. Four of them will be selected to present at each event. Your idea can be about anything and you can submit it more than once.

If you are selected to pitch at a Dundee Soup event someone will get in touch with you two to three weeks before the event to confirm that you are able to join us on the night.

The next Dundee Soup

The next Dundee Soup is taking place on Wednesday 8th May from 6pm – 8pm at the V&A Dundee as part of Dundee Design Month 2019. With a special focus on design, we’re looking forward to hear from people who want to use design in their community – in relation to space, organisational change, food sharing, human well-being or energy efficiency, to name a few. Find out more about how you can attend or pitch your idea here.

How Soup got started

The first SOUP was developed in Detroit in 2010 with a group of artists’ friends gathered around a dinner to share ideas about art challenges, finding innovative solutions and imperfect ideas for projects that were hard to discover funding for. Over the years, Detroit SOUP has moved from funding artists to a wide variety of community members that need a little money to start their projects and the challenging ideas pushed people to think about the city in different ways.

Shona Littlejohn and Debbie Finlay from Lifegate Church
Shona Littlejohn and Debbie Finlay from Lifegate Church at the first Dundee Soup event

Dundee Soup started in April 2017 and was put together in a collaboration between Creative Dundee, ACK, The Circle and Shona Littlejohn, and is now run by Creative Dundee and The Circle.

If you are interested in hosting a Dundee Soup in the future, sponsor the soup supper, performing music, or something else on the night then get in touch as we’d love to hear from you: news@creativedundee.com.

Keep up to date with Dundee Soup through our website and social media, you can join the conversation using #DundeeSoup on social media.