Creative Lenses - Business Models for Culture

Vyrsodepseiowill is collaborating with international cultural organisations in the framework of its collaboration in the EU project "Creative Lenses" in Athens and will be hosting a meeting in Athens with all the partners: How to develop viable business models for cultural organisations without compromising their artistic integrity, mission and values?

The aim of the project is to strengthen and develop the business capacity and sustainability of European arts and cultural organisations. The key objective of Creative Lenses is to research, devise and test new business and management models for the sector that can be replicated and then used by a wide range of arts and cultural players throughout Europe.

Many cultural organisations and artists around Europe struggle to find new ways to survive and develop in times of changed and declining financing structures for culture. This is the reason why “Creative Lenses”, a unique cooperation project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, has been conceived. During 4 years, a unique partnership of 13 cultural centres, universities, city authorities, networks and cultural agencies will research and test new business models together with a wide range of cultural players throughout Europe.

The legacy of the project will be the know-how, tools and support mechanisms required for the European arts and cultural sector to strengthen their business capacity and achieve financial sustainability, so that they are more able to successfully deliver their missions and create value.

Creative Lenses is a large scale cooperation project 2015–2019 lead by the cultural centre Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland. The partners are:

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists.
IETM – network for contemporary performing arts.
Cultural centre Vyrsodepseio in Athens, Greece (member of TEH).
Cultural centre Manifatture Knos in Lecce, Italy (member of TEH).
Cultural centre Stanica in Zilina, Slovakia (member of TEH).
Cultural centre P60 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands (member of TEH).
Cultural centre Village Underground in London, UK (member of TEH).
University of the Arts London, UK.
University of Basilicata in Matera, Italy.
The City of Lund, Sweden.
Olivearte, UK.
Kosice2013 culture agency, Slovakia.

Upcoming Events15 February 2016 in Brussels, Belgium
2nd Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by IETM

18-19 February 2016 in London, UK
3rd Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by the University of the Arts London

4 March 2016 in Zilina, Slovakia
4th Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by Stanica

4 to 5 April 2016 in Athens, Greece
5th Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by Vyrsodepseio

19 May in Amstelveen, Netherlands
6th Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by P60

10 June in Lund, Sweden
7th Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by Trans Europe Halles and The Creative Plot

28 June in Lecce, Italy
8th Focus Group and Stakeholders Meeting
Hosted by Manifatture Kno