Culture Works Connections provided training and opportunities to the cultural sector in business skills, cultural leadership and networks & mobility across Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. The programme, funded by ACP Cultures+, supported over 400 artists and cultural professionals over a 3 year period from 2014 to 2016.
The ultimate aim was to increase markets for the work of artists in diverse locations and contexts in the global south and to become more sustainable as businesses. Training for artists and cultural organisations first addressed their primary motivations as participants in the programme: their creative ambitions, their cultural curiosity and the drive to overcome obstacles facing their artistic development.
Visiting Arts have released a report of the programme offering an insight into the three key impact areas addressed. Read the full report here.
The first part is a process of mapping and surveying the creative businesses. We build on the existing initiatives of mapping and provide the sector with access and training to be able to promote themselves through the World Cultures Connect online platform. This is a searchable database for the cultural sector worldwide.
The second part is a training exercise that involves the appointment and training of a “link” person in each region responsible for the marketing, promotion and moderation of the platform.
The third part is a programme of targeted and tailored workshop training packages that are co-designed by the creative businesses themselves in response to a needs analysis that we undertake online. This allows us to match the needs with the training. The outcome is a bespoke programme that will build the skills of the sector as well as give them access to contacts worldwide.
The final part is an opportunity for some of the participants in the workshops to meet together at a final networking event in the UK where the experience of the programme can be shared. In addition, a one week work placement in a UK organisation can be organised. The results of the programme and future initiatives can then be discussed at the International Producers’ breakfast event at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2016.
The programme was led by Visiting Arts, who have a 30 year history of working with and connecting artists across the world. The three partners are:
Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Trinidad and Tobago
The Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
The Pacific Arts and Culture Foundation, Suva, Fiji
With the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.