Project examples

Creating a Sustainable Future for the Cultural/Heritage Sector in Moray   –     Drew Wylie is working as part of a consortium to explore income generation and options to develop a new self- sustaining partnership model(s) for the heritage & culture sector in Moray, as part of the Discover Moray’s Great Places pilot project.


Researcher on the Landscape and Social Impact of Creative Hubs in the Philippines –   The project involves close collaboration with local researchers and involves consultation and research across the country to establish the impact of creative hubs. Detailed case studies take place in Manila and Cebu, and a number of mini case studies are also provided.


The Scottish Parliament – Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee – International comparisons study for an enquiries into arts funding. The study involved both secondary research and international consultation. Drew Wylie presented the report to the committee, leading a Q&A on the findings.


Creative Scotland – National review of local creative networks – Drew Wylie carried out a major review, surveying and interviewing a wide variety of creative networks throughout the country and considering international comparators. Conclusions considered to what extent this network could be strategised and take on devolved resources, as well as what changes were needed at national level to make this work.

Creative Europe Desk UK – Impact of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme in the UK – The report condensed existing qualitative and quantitative research into a coherent narrative that demonstrated impacts on individuals, organisations and strategy. Gaps in evidence were addressed with face to face and skype consultation.


The Romanian Cultural Institute – Support to the development of a cultural strategy for Romania – The work involved secondary research followed up with intensive working sessions in Romania. The latter included a wide range of face to face consultations with stakeholders, and round table sessions to discuss findings.


IMG_6110Edinburgh’s Netherbow – The Gateway – Working with this consortium of six literary organisations to develop plans for future facilities, governance, management and growth to bring this exciting project to life. The project includes the bringing together of complex research and data prior to facilitating a multi-stakeholder workshop followed up with a report and recommended next steps.

PrintDemand assessment and initial feasibility study for the development of an International Magazine Centre (IMC) in Scotland
. The project will address the long-term partnerships and capital funding requirements for a self-sustaining and not for profit venture.  The IMC is intended to be a unique creative hub that will connect Scotland’s magazine publishers with the rest of the world, bring international publishers to Scotland, and support innovation and collaboration between all the professions and partners involved in magazine publishing

Drosos Foundation – Creativity Strategy Development – the project supported the development of Drosos project approaches and funding mechanisms under its creativity strategy. The project includes a desk based review of the work of the Foundation, workshop sessions with the Drosos team in Switzerland, and field research in Germany, Switzerland, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon. DW has assembled a team of Associates in Italy, Scotland, Austria, Egypt, and Lebanon to support the research.


UnknownMapping of Scotland’s Film Exhibition Sector – a comprehensive mapping of a complex and highly differentiated sector, ranging from major multi-screen chains to mobile and event cinema, to a vibrant community cinema scene.  The work involves electronic survey, analysis of a wide range of data, and consultation with key exhibitors and agencies in the industry.



Corfu 2021 – working with the Corfu 2021 team to develop proposals for a successful European Capital of Culture bid.  The project involves on the ground work with the project team as part of a programme of research and development.


british_council_logoBritish Council ‘Canny Creatives’ programme – working as part of the Programme Board to support the planning, development and delivery of the project.  Canny Creatives is a professional development and capacity building initiative that reaches across Wider Europe, and brings together the education, cultural and digital strands of the British Council.


IMG_2550University Arts Venues Network – is a consortium of 20 theatres, arts centres and galleries based in the UK, each with a university as a major stakeholder. The project will begin with a review to benchmark data, identify best practice and an options appraisal.  Goals and objectives for the network will be established, along with recommendations for future priorities, plans, operating platform and investment.


publishing scotland 120Publishing Scotland – working with the CEO and Board to further international strategy and pathways to investment.  The project includes research and workshops and will result in both strategic planning and an implementation plan.



Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership – mapping the cultural and creative industries sector to inform future NEP priorities and investment decisions.  The project involved an e- survey of the sector, requiring the assembling of clean and updated distribution data.  The analysis identifies hot and cold spots, sector strengths and weaknesses, and specific business opportunities.


IMG_2127Arts Gateway MK – Drew Wylie helped AGMK develop plans for a new role and operating base in 2012.  Since then the team have successfully opened Arts Central, a central creative hub of over 16,000 sq ft.  We are now working with AGMK and stakeholders to prepare a new business plan that will provide a solid platform to consolidate rapid progress and project development, and a persuasive case for future investment.


made_in_corby_logoCreative People and Places (CPP) – Working with the Made in Corby Consortium as a Critical Friend.   Over the next three years the programme aims to take a deeply rooted and connected approach to audience engagement to ensure that more local people than ever before are seeing, experiencing, creating and taking part in high quality arts and cultural activities.


scene-2‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court’ – An evaluation of this AHRC funded project, working with Edinburgh and Brunel Universities.  A full staging of the text of Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of the Three Estates revealed new political and dramaturgical insights and new ways of engaging the public in historical costumed drama.  The evaluation consists of both quantitative and qualitative data & includes a summary document for a wider readership.


IMG_2397EU Creative Europe Programme – Andrew works as both a Cultural Expert and Quality Expert on this funding programme that works with the European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and internationally.



A Review of the Literature Sector in Scotland – Drew Wylie is working with Nordicity to carry out a mapping and evaluation of the sector to provide Creative Scotland with a clear picture that will inform new national strategies for culture and creative industries.  The scope of the project includes all aspects of literature in Scotland, from writers and festivals, to publishing and international markets.



Creative Scotland – Evaluation and advice for a number of major capital funding scheme proposals submitted to Creative Scotland.  The project involved working with Creative Scotland to produce an evaluation framework and criteria, and an appraisal of the complete project documentation with follow up consultation and site visits. Outputs include a commentary, recommendations and proposals for grant conditions. “Your recommendations have been very useful and we will be following these through with the project managers.” D.Taylor, Special Projects Manager, Creative Scotland

Film Hub Scotland – 
Preparing the agenda and approach with Film Hub Scotland, and chairing the Exhibition Panel seminars in the first Scottish Film Summit meeting at Edinburgh International Film Festival.  The event was attended by over 200 industry professionals and the role included feeding back conclusions to the conference plenaries and to the Summit’s concluding meeting of Panel Chairs.  Andrew also contributed Exhibition sector comments to the subsequent  press briefing and conference and prepared a summary note for Film Hub Scotland.


Communicado Theatre Company – Delivering a new three year plan for the development of the company.  The project involves consultation with the Board, venues, artistic collaborators and funders.  The planning includes translating collaborative opportunities into project proposals. A marketing plan involves consultation with 24 touring venues and provides a toolkit / handbook for the company.  An investment strategy and business plan provide a clear way forward.  Outputs include draft project funding applications for arts funders and for European Funding.

imagesWarsaw Capital of Culture 2016 – The theme for the year concerns culture as a human right.   Working as part of a small transnational team we provided a range of papers and advice to explore the theme further.  This culminated in forming a panel at an international conference in Warsaw, delivering a paper on access to culture in remote locations, and contributing to an expert  panel discussion and Q&A.


Creative Scotland – Providing expert evaluation as an external advisor for applications to the Creative Scotland Stage 1 capital programme.  The role required detailed examination of a wide range of material, including complex data and projections.  The advice and commentary was also framed to enable Creative Scotland to consider applications in a standardised way.


 Ionad Hiorta review of this ambitious scheme to develop the St Kilda Centre on a dramatic site on the cliffs of Uig.  St Kilda is the UK’s only World Heritage Site with both natural and cultural heritage status and is both remote and evocative.  Drew Wylie considered documentation to date prior to a site visit and workshop with the steering group.  We then produced proposals for a business case, business plan framework and detailed implementation plan.

Art at Rozelle –  working with the Maclaurin Gallery and Rozelle House Galleries, Drew Wylie is preparing a business and investment case for a new development.  The plans incorporate an integration of both galleries and an expansion of spaces for contemporary art and associated educational and community activities.  Outputs include an appraisal of developmental options, three year outline business plan, and feasibility.

Mareel – Drew Wylie were commissioned by Highlands & Islands Enterprise to work with Shetland Arts to review the business and developmental plans of Mareel and Shetland Arts Development Agency (SADA).  The review involved consultation and workshops with the Board, management and staff of the SADA, along with external stakeholders.  The results are being used to inform the future priorities and organisational development of SADA, and the investment strategy for Mareel.


St Magnus International Festival – An organisational review focusing on governance and developing an operational environment that will place this highly regarded festival on a sustainable footing for future development.  The project involves consultation with stakeholders, Board members, staff and the highly developed team of volunteers.


Capital Scheme Proposals – Preparation of capital funding proposals for Ayr Gaiety Partnership required close collaboration with Armour Construction Consultants and Ayr based architects arpl.   A suite of documentation was produced in a very constrained time frame, including: outline business plan; sample programme; outline UWS partnership agreement; cost plan; Stage B drawings; schematics; and bidding documentation.  The application was successful, securing an allocation of £1.2m.


NN Contemporary Feasibility – A feasibility study to ensure a successful relocation from the Fishmarket Gallery to new premises in the heart of Northampton’s emerging cultural cluster, alongside the Royal & Derngate and the recently refurbished Northampton Museum.  The project involves both the future activities and programme of the venue and the capital scheme requirements.  Stakeholders include West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust.


Creative Northants
A recent project to map the Creative and Cultural Industries in Northamptonshire and to research the support requirements  for the sector.  The project has involved desk research, impact analysis, stakeholder consultation and comparator research.  The resulting report ‘Right Here, Right Now – Northamptonshire’s Creative Opportunity’ recommended four strategic pillars and a multi-agency action plan.  Presentations to stakeholders have already led to the Enterprise Partnership adopting cultural and creative industries as a developmental priority.

Shetland Arts
A recent project to develop a training plan with Shetland Arts to anticipate the organisational and developmental requirements arising from an expansion of the agency’s scope, and the launch of a new venue, Mareel.  The resulting plan created a range of organisational themes and priorities that have been adopted within a new business plan and the plan has also been adopted by Highlands & Islands Enterprise in relation to their future investment in Shetland Arts.

Arts Gateway Milton Keynes
A current project to work with the Board and management to secure a new investment and operational platform for this respected community arts agency.  The project involves funding research, stakeholder consultation and business planning.

Ayr Gaiety Partnership
The development of a business case and detailed three year business plan for this new community initiative that is working to relaunch the historic Ayr Gaiety theatre as a community arts and theatre venue.  The project currently involves close collaboration with the project manager concerning an investment strategy and brokerage of both capital and revenue funding streams.


Mull Theatre and An Tobar
Working with a joint working party Drew Wylie prepared an implementation plan for the bringing together of these two successful arts organisations, advising on routes to investment, and preparing the remit and job description for a new post to oversee implementation.


The preparation of a new business plan to establish the company on a different trading platform that reflected a transition to national and international markets in the public art and major events arenas.


Andrew’s earlier consultancy roles:
Cambridge City Council – review of Cambridge Corn Exchange and associated venues
Scottish Enterprise – tourism review of the River Clyde
Manchester City Council – feasibility for a National Museum of Tolerance
Museums Galleries Scotland – review of the National Mining Museum Scotland
Edinburgh Printmakers  – review and business plan
Arts Council England – Sustain consultancy with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Contemporary and Bristol Watershed
Stratford upon Avon – major events and festivals infrastructure and planning review
EventScotland – evaluation framework for major events
South Ayrshire Council – Cultural Strateg