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

06. February, 2019

On 24-25 April 2019 leading art and cultural professionals, policymakers and researchers will meet in Helsinki, Finland to discuss business model innovation in the sector. The “Creative Lenses Final Conference: Culture and Business Models in Challenging Times” will take place in the largest cultural centre in Finland, The Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas).

This two-day conference will explore how arts and cultural organisations can adapt to the changing environment and strengthen their business models accordingly. Specifically, the participants of the conference will explore three main themes:

  • 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?

Keynote Speakers:

Alison Tickell

Alison founded and leads Julie’s Bicycle, a UK-based organisation which advocates for and demonstrates through collaborative projects how arts organisations catalyse, inspire and deliver environmental sustainability.

Teemu Mäki

Teemu is a Finnish artist, director, writer, researcher and chairman of The Artists’ Association of Finland. To him, art is the most flexible, versatile and holistic form of philosophy and politics. It is the best way to respond to questions such as how should we live and what is a good life.

Price and Registration

The two-day conference is 40 euros. Download the programme and register for the event here:

Creative Lenses project

This international conference will close the four-year (2015-2019) project, Creative Lenses, that was funded by Creative Europe programme and strives to improve arts and cultural organizations business models by developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities.

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