Welcome to Drew Wylie

IMG_2471Drew Wylie focuses on how culture and creativity connects with the wider world. Our team of expert associates are based in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and our HQ is in Edinburgh. We are all hands on professionals as well as recognised experts and evaluators in our various specialisms. This sometimes comes a with a dash of activism as we are committed to the value of culture and creativity across a wide spectrum of disciplines: from international development to education; urban regeneration to rural planning.

Our Director is a Critical Friend to the Creative People and Places programme of Arts Council England, Quality Expert with the EU, co-founder of the Sensing Place programme, lecturer at Queen Margaret University, and Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.

Recent projects include:

-Review of Local Creative Networks across Scotland. The project involved mapping the networks, carrying out an electronic survey and interviews with key players, and formulating recommendations for future development.

-A report on the impact of the Creative Europe programme across the UK, working with the British Council CEDUK  team. The report fed into governmental and national agency discussions about options for the best way forward.

-Supporting the Romanian Cultural Institute in preparing a cultural strategy for Romania. The work involved stakeholder consultation, focus group discussions and presentations to key players.

-Project & Programme Review for the Creativity Programme of the Drosos Foundation. The project involved visiting and interviewing over forty projects in high different countries in the MENA region and Europe, prior to evaluating the effectiveness of the programme and recommending improvements.

-Feasibility for an International Magazine Centre. Working with the Professional Publishers Association (Scotland) to prepare an investment case and outline feasibility report for the creation of an International Magazine Centre in Edinburgh. The work involved wide consultation with stakeholders in Higher Education, the publishing industry, funding agencies and government. An extensive online industry survey was involved, along with a detailed market assessment. National and international comparators also figured in the work.

-Mapping Film Exhibition in Scotland. A project for Creative Scotland to review and map film exhibition throughout the country. The project has included widespread industry engagement to engage with every part of the sector, from community exhibition to large cinema chains. The methodology includes an e-survey, stakeholder consultation and secondary research.

-Review, evaluation and forward planning for the University Arts Venues Network. A project to evaluate the current resources, capacity and impact of a network of over 20 venues spanning the UK.

-A Review of the Scottish Literature Sector. Drew Wylie was part of the team that undertook a comprehensive review of the sector. The research included extensive consultation and desk research, a national survey of the sector, and a number of international comparators and case studies.

-Mapping the Creative Industries in Northamptonshire. Providing Northamptonshire Local Enterprise Partnership and stake holding partners with a comprehensive review and subsequent map of the sector through research that involved e-survey, collation of existing data, identification of issues, and supplementary primary research to address gaps.