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 € Buy a ticket

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
09.30 Keynote + Q&A: Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle, UK
10.30 Provocation panel: Opening up business model thinking
11.45 Parallel tracks:
- Panel: Why business models now and what comes with them. 
- Panel: From surviving to thriving 
- Interactive workshop (introduction to the Creative Lenses benchmarking system)
- Open space/networking board
13.00 Lunch + open space/networking board
14.00 Parallel tracks:
- Panel: Defining value 
- Panel: Activating place
- Interactive Manifesto co-design workshop, part 1
- Open space/networking board 
15.30 Parallel tracks:
- Panel: Business model catwalk 
- Panel: Reimagining evaluation 
- Interactive workshop (overview of the Creative Lenses publications)
- Open space/networking board
16.45 Break + open space/networking board
17.00 Open mic session
18.00 Drinks reception with canapes
19.00 Closing

Day 2 - Thursday 25 April 2019

08.30 Registration and coffee
09.00 Welcome back, interactive Q&A
09.15 Keynote + Q&A: Teemu Mäki
10.15 Pecha kucha: Experimentation and formalisation.
11.00 Break + open space/networking board
11.45 Parallel tracks:
- Panel: Doing creative experimentation because that’s what we do
- Panel: Negotiating values and priorities
- Interactive workshop (introduction to the Creative Lenses toolkit for arts professionals)
- Open space/networking board
13.00 Lunch + open space/networking board
14.00 Parallel tracks:
- Panel: Connecting with audiences for social learning
- Panel: Missions and realities 
- Interactive workshop (to be confirmed)
- Open space/networking board
15.15 Parallel tracks:
- Panel: Towards a new research agenda 
- Interactive workshop (The Cultural Development Network framework)
- Manifesto co-design workshop, part 2
- Open space/networking board
16.15 Break + open space/networking board
16.30 Closing summaries/invited provocations from invited speakers
18.00 Party

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.


40 € (2-day ticket including lunch on both days)
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