Final Conference 24.-25.4.2019

Creative Lenses Final Conference:
Culture and Business Models in Challenging Times

Time: 24.-25.4.2019
Venue: Pannuhalli, Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1, Helsinki, Finland
Tickets: 40 € The conference is sold out!

The conference explores how arts and cultural organisations can adapt to changing environments and become more sustainable by rethinking their business models. It brings together the leading cultural practitioners, funders, policymakers and researchers to speculate on organisational sustainability, business model change and cultural value within the sector. The conference includes insights, perspectives and tools developed during a four-year collaboration project, Creative Lenses, funded by the Creative Europe programme and connects these with other initiatives, projects and collaborations in Europe and beyond.

Main themes of the Conference

Business Model Thinking:
Why are the business models of arts and cultural organisations increasingly discussed? What are the different approaches arts and cultural organisations take to thinking about or changing their business models? What are the implications of business model thinking?

Value and Valuing in Arts and Cultural Organisations: What are the different ways of understanding the value that arts and cultural organisations embody, create and realise? How do they balance conflicting missions and priorities?

Making Sense, Impact and Research: How can arts and cultural organisations learn from, about and with their audiences and stakeholders? What are the different ways of re-imagining impact and knowledge co-creation?

The programme (download pdf)

Day 1 - Wednesday 24 April 2019

08.30 Registration and coffee
09.00 Welcome and overview
09.45 Keynote + Q&A: Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle, UK
10.45 Provocation panel: Opening up business model thinking
11.15 Break + open space/networking board
11.45 Parallel tracks:
- Panel A1: Why business models now and what comes with them. 
- Panel B1: From surviving to thriving 
- Interactive workshop (introduction to the Creative Lenses benchmarking tool)
12.45 Open space/networking board
13.00 Lunch + open space/networking board
14.00 Parallel tracks:
- Panel B2: Defining value 
- Panel C1: Activating place
- Manifesto co-design workshop, part 1
15.00 Open space/networking board
15.15 Break 

15.30 Parallel tracks:
- Panel A2: Pecha Kucha 
- Panel C2: Reimagining evaluation 
- Models to Manifestos Creative Lenses Publication Debate
- Open space/networking board
16.30 Break + open space/networking board
16.45 Open mic session
18.00 Drinks reception 
19.00 Closing

Day 2 - Thursday 25 April 2019

08.30 Registration and coffee
09.00 Good morning, interactive Q&A
09.15 Keynote + Q&A: Teemu Mäki
10.15 Pecha kucha: Reviewing arts organisations' approaches to organisational structure, change and learning
11.00 Break + open space/networking board
11.30 Parallel tracks:
- Panel A3: Doing creative experimentation because that’s what we do
- Panel B3: Negotiating values and priorities
- Interactive workshop: Introduction to the Creative Lenses toolkit for arts professionals
12.30 Open space/networking board
12.45 Lunch + open space/networking board
13.45 Parallel tracks:
- Panel C3: Connecting with audiences for social learning
- Panel B4: Missions and realities 
- KaapeliWalks: Guided tour at the Cable Factory (max. 25 persons)
14.45 Open space/networking board
15.00 Break

15.15 Parallel tracks:
- Panel A4: "Creative Lenses - an overview of the findings and possible future directions" 
- Interactive workshop: The Cultural Development Network framework
- Manifesto co-design workshop, part 2
16.15 Break + open space/networking board
16.30 Closing summaries/invited provocations from invited speakers
18.00 Party in Suvilahti


What you will get from attending this event?

  • Opportunities to hear insights from action research on cultural and arts organisational change and resilience in Europe and beyond;
  • Access to findings and frameworks developed through the four-year Creative Lenses programme;
  • Opportunities to debate core issues with peers and build new networks with people concerned about the future of the European cultural sector.

Who is this conference for?

Professionals involved in running arts and cultural organisations, funders, evaluators, consultants and advocacy and capacity building experts, policymakers and public representatives, researchers in cultural management and leadership, the humanities and business and management and anyone interested in shaping the future of the European cultural sector.