Creative Lenses

Creative Lenses is a four-year cross-European action research project which aims to strengthen and develop the business capacity and sustainability of European cultural and arts organisations.

Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, this project brings together some of Europe’s leading arts and cultural organisations to share and distill knowledge about the current and future business models and ongoing sustainability of cultural and arts organisations. These are the organisations who are involved in the project:

Creative Lenses Forum London

The forum, 'Innovative Business Models in the Arts' held on 13 October 2016 at University of the Arts London brought together thinkers and managers from arts and cultural organisations, academia and business to explore business models in independent arts venues and performing arts organisations. Combining high profile keynotes with practical workshops and time for shared sensemaking, this event has given arts leaders and managers an opportunity to step back and ask what innovative business models are emerging in the sector, what is shaping change, and what models their own organisation might develop.

The Market of Forms was set-up as a pop-up market run by London-based creative practitioners, civil-society groups, practice-based researchers and others. The event explored critical and creative forms of organisations to highlight their potential. 

Lucy Kimbell opens the Creative Lenses London, November 2016
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

Lucy Kimbell opens the Creative Lenses London, November 2016

Creative Lenses workshop
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

Creative Lenses workshop

Creative Lenses audience in discussion
Image: UAL, credit David Owens

Creative Lenses audience in discussion

Creative Lenses audience taking questions
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

Creative Lenses audience taking questions

The speakers take questions from the Creative Lenses audience
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

The speakers take questions from the Creative Lenses audience

Robin Norton-Hale of Opera Up Close gives the keynote talk
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

Robin Norton-Hale of Opera Up Close gives the keynote talk

A workshop audience discussing the topic
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

A workshop audience discussing the topic

The audience listen to the plenery discussion
Image credit: UAL, photo by David Owens

The audience listen to the plenery discussion

People looking at stalls at the Market of Forms
Image: UAL, photo by David Owens

People looking at stalls at the Market of Forms

Watch the keynote speeches from Stefan Haefliger and Robin Norton-Hale

Watch the keynote speech by Stefan Haefliger (City University).

Read the Storify of the event and follow the conversation on Twitter #creativelenses