Arts and Culture as Enablers for Growth
The international project “Routes to Employment. Arts and Culture as Enablers for Growth” (R2E) is aimed at increasing the employability and life skills of young artists and creative workers, trained at formal and informal educational institutions, by accompanying them in the critical passage from education to profession.
Performing and visual artists who want to find their places as professionals in the cultural sector need hands-on training provided by non-formal education. They need tools and skills enabling them to face complexity, not only intercultural and interdisciplinary open-mindedness but cross-disciplinary competences, and awareness of the contemporary artists’ role within community based projects and socially engaged artistic practices.

The R2E project offers possible answers to the gaps in arts education and in the startup of artistic professions, by combining the open, flexible, holistic approach of the ROOTS & ROUTES creative education methodologies, with the training and advising system for the professionalisation of young artists and cultural workers developed by SMartBe. This lead to developing and delivering:
  • a transnational unified curriculum containing self-entrepreneurial training materials and methods, including personalised guidance, counselling and follow-up
  • easy to handle guidance sheets where raw legal and administrative information is processed, to help artists and creative workers at the start of their professional path to face the complex nature of cultural work
In the pilot training activities implemented nationally, the approach to the technical, specialised skills was embedded in a flexible non-formal setting aimed at
  • enhancing the understanding of contemporary artistic culture as a field of organic and interconnected disciplines, skills, sensitivity
  • investigating the relationship between contemporary arts and public sphere, and the artists’ role within community based projects and socially engaged artistic practices
  • stimulating critical thinking and arousing awareness on personal responsibility towards oneself and the others when defining and pursuing one’s objectives.
In the second project year, three short term transnational joint training events were organised for staff (managers and trainers) of all partner organisations, to exchange and test methods and practices in different contexts and with the involvement of selected professionals of the creative work sector. The confrontation, exchange and harmonisation of the various national pilot training experiences, as well as the thematic focus of the three train the trainers sessions – e-skills (networking and social media), transnational mobility awareness, contemporary arts and public sphere – helped developing the final trans-national unified curriculum based on learning outcomes.

Two sets of multiplier events were organised in all partner countries. In the first project year they were aimed at sharing and discussing the educational methodologies with local stakeholders and at collecting insights and recommendations for the trans-national unified curriculum; at the end of the project period, they were aimed at disseminating in a creative way to a broader public the project’s results and achievements: According to the spirit of the partnership, methodological work and artistic expression came together in site-specific public restitutions in form of installations, scenic talks and performances.

R2E is funded by the EU programme ERASMUS+ as Strategic Partnership in the field of Vocational Education and Training.

Info Sheets

One key result of the R2E project are national online guidance sheets, detailing the different workers’ statuses available to artists and creative professionals in the project partners’ countries.

So if you are a young artist planning to go professional in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain or the UK, here’s a quick way to find comprehensive information about social statuses, taxation and social insurance for artists and creative professionals in those countries. Find the guidance sheets for download in PDF format below; most are available in English, some additionally in national languages.

The information contained in the online guidance sheets aims at giving a comprehensive and clear overview of the complex reality of working statuses. Though frequent updates are carried out, readers should be aware that amounts and percentages listed in the document can be subject of slight variations. In any case of doubt or further question, the national offices of the SMart network, who’ll provide information in the frame of the possible, can be contacted:

Info Sheets