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re:form webinars: Perspectives on work in the cultural sector

November 2020

On the 3rd and 4th of November 2020, within the re:form program, two webinars took place in order to deepen the theme of the program, namely the rethinking of work practices in culture. The program aims to support processes that aspire to go beyond the traditional models of organizational development, taking into account the specifics of the independent cultural sector and the fragile conditions in which it operates in Romania. Thus, during the webinars we sought to explore, both internationally and in Romania, the recurring challenges and opportunities of the cultural sector, having as guests specialists who shared examples of good practice, theoretical models and innovative perspectives.

You can follow the video recordings below. 

Webinar re:form #1 – Re-thinking Cultural Work. Insights and Models opened a dialogue for reflection on possible models that challenge current work practice in the cultural sector internationally, while imagining possible shifts in how we produce, collaborate and reach out to the public as cultural workers. The ideas brought into discussion focused on how political, social, economic and environmental issues influence the way we position ourselves as cultural workers in the world today, as well as on the necessity of changing the way we operate inside the cultural field, navigating through examples on fair practices, wellbeing at the workplace, systemic and organisational change, among others.  

Pascal Gielen (University of Antwerp) talked about sustainable creativity, focusing on the artistic biotope as a model. Milica Ilić (ONDA – French office for contemporary performing arts circulation) and Marijana Rimanić (POGON – Zagreb Center for Contemporary Culture and Youth) talked about the reform of the artistic sector and practical ways to develop solutions, as practiced within the RESHAPE project. Sofie Joye (Flanders Art Institute) presented initiatives of the Flanders Arts Institute to address the issue of fair work practices in the cultural sector.

Webinar re:form #2 – Work in the Romanian cultural sector focused on reflecting the main themes already discussed at the first webinar in today’s national context. Beyond the systemic context behind the instability and precariousness characteristic of the sector, the discussions questioned what kind of changes can be imagined within the cultural field and working practices that can guide cultural organizations to become more sustainable, more resilient, more adapted to current challenges.  

Ștefania Ferchedău (Institute of the Present) spoke about the evolution of the Romanian cultural sector in the last 20 years. Raluca Iacob (MetruCUB Association) brought into discussion new ways of working in the cultural sector and perspectives on an extended model of social dialogue in culture. Rarița Zbranca (Cluj Cultural Center) presented the conclusions of several studies on work practices in the Romanian cultural sector.

re:form is an activity within the Cluj Future of Work project financed by the European Commission through Urban Innovative Actions and the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca. 

Cluj Future of Work is an initiative of the Urban Innovation Unit in Cluj-Napoca, created by the Cluj Cultural Centre in partnership with the Center for Innovation and Civic Imagination of the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca.  

The project is co-managed by the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca and Cluj Cultural Centre in a consortium with eight other local organizations: Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj IT Cluster, Intercommunity Development Association Cluj Metropolitan Area (ADI ZMC), Transylvania Creative Industries Cluster, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Transilvania International Film Festival, Transylvania IT Cluster, ZAIN Transylvanian Creativity Festival.