Culture Sprint Workshops

The Association for Cultural Enterprises joins forces with The Revels Office to present a series of unique online workshops designed to give current and future arts leaders a tool for solving critical business challenges.

The workshops will introduce leaders to the concept of Design Thinking, an approach used by designers to create innovative solutions to problems.

Who are these for?

These sessions are ideal for Heads of Department and Directors who are in a position to integrate the new thinking into their teams and strategies going forward.

What will I learn?

The series comprises of four online sessions over four weeks, which are booked individually. You can attend all four, or pick the ones most relevant to your business challenges.

Starting with an introduction to the week’s topic with a guest speaker from the industry, followed by a group session to start applying Design Thinking to a cultural problem you will bring to the session. At the end you will join together to outline a practical set of solutions to try and test back in the office, helping arts leaders future-proof their organisations.

Come ready with questions and ideas about your own current challenges as there will be opportunities to work through one or two participant-examples with peers and trainers.

All participants will be sent a summary document to remind them of the techniques and solutions that were discussed in the sessions, to then integrate into their organisations and teams.

About the trainers

Lewis Just is a designer with over 10 years of innovation experience who has worked with businesses, NGOs and governments, leading design-thinking workshops around the world from rural communities in Aruba and Indonesia to blue chip companies based in Brazil, Japan, London and Amsterdam. Lewis believes that design can not only show us what a better future looks like, but it can also enable people and communities to take steps towards that future. 

Kate Rolfe runs The Revels Office, a management consultancy for the arts that offers an end-to-end solution from strategy to delivery. Working at the intersection between culture and commerce, Kate advises arts organisations on how to make the best return from existing and new activities in order to reach audiences, unlock revenue and celebrate the value of the arts. Recent clients of The Revels Office and its network of associate consultants include the UK Crafts Council, V&A Dundee, National Museum Wales, Arts Council Wales, Southwark Council, and Battersea Arts Centre. The Revels Office is an associate member of ACE.

Normally £150
FREE, members only

The Revels Office are pleased to offer 15 free places at each session for members. Each session must be booked individually.

The Revels Office would usually run these sessions as intensive and bespoke day-long workshops for small groups, starting at £150 per person. For Cultural Enterprises they have created a bespoke series and are offering 15 free places per session.

Culture Sprint 1 – Working with your audience, 22 September, 9-11am
How to listen to your audiences and refocus your attention on new markets, shifting to local audiences and cross-sector collaboration.

Culture Sprint 2 – Working with your team, 6 October, 9-11am
How to make effective use of your whole team to discover new value and streamline operations, with a focus on cross-team collaboration.

Culture Sprint 3 – Working with your assets, 20 October, 9-11am
How to assess what is most valuable from your physical and digital assets to consolidate your offer and generate revenue.

Culture Sprint 4 – Working with digital, 3 November, 9-11am
How to make use of digital solutions as part of a hybrid solution for your commercial business lines, with a focus on e-commerce and events.

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designers toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology and the requirements for business success.

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