Co-designing an Online Knowledge Base for Arts and Cultural Organisations to Support Business Model Innovation

Creative Lenses is a four-year (2015-19), 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. The organisations involved in the project include Trans Europe Halles, IETM, University of Basilicata, The City of Lund, Olivearte, Kosice2013 Cultural Agency, Village Underground, Vyrsodepseio, Manifatture Knos, Stanica, P60, University of the Arts London and Kaapeli Cultural Centre.

One of the outcomes of this work will be an online repository – a Knowledge Base – of cases, publications, tools, videos and examples of business model innovation in the arts and cultural sector.

The Lab is aimed at any arts and cultural organisations who would potentially use such a Knowledge Base in their work, whether to revise their own business model or look for examples of best practice within the sector.

The session facilitators are Dr Sarah Rhodes, Research Fellow Creative Lenses, University of the Arts London and Maureen Salmon, Course Co-Leader for the BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. 

Sarah is a design researcher, maker and educator, who has a continuing research interest in participatory design process, particularly in its use to bridge the divide between marginalised groups, and its utilisation for social innovation and sustainable practices.

Maureen’s areas of expertise are the creative industries, entrepreneurship, leadership and cultural diversity. She has experience of working the cultural, creative and education sectors in the UK and internationally.

Type of working session: doing with others workshop (DIWO)