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Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship

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Sep 12, 2020, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW

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The aim of the initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship is to promote togetherness in a “singular-plural co-existence”.

The initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship addresses pressing socio-ecological challenges and the impact they have on the cultural and creative industry. In order to investigate and understand their structural intricacy and content complexity, the initiative joins art, design and adjacent cultural and curatorial practices with approaches common to the fields of management, business, law, and communication.

In research, development, and funding projects, the initiative sheds light on the connections, contradictions, and potentials for social development that unfold at the interface of art and design, academy training, and the markets.

The activities of Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship come into effect within the Academy, at the intersection of higher education and professional career. The offer is directed at all institutes and graduates as well as professionals engaged in the art and creative industry. Practice-guided exchange and collaboration with other institutes, initiatives, and enterprises within and beyond Switzerland are at the heart of the initiative and form a seedbed for the exchange of knowledge, methodology, and skills.

Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship contributes to the relevant discourses through exhibitions, publications, discussions, conferences, workshops, and other formats and is committed to the advancement of the cultural and creative industry in line with its critical and innovative understanding of self.

Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship focuses in particular on cultural and creative workers committed to the peaceful coexistence of all forms of life. The aim is to promote innovative business models and their respective initiators, in particular practices of caring for others and oneself in connection with designing, interaction, risk-taking, creative drive, and sense of responsibility.





Capacity-building programmes

Through its incentive programme Swiss Cultural Challenge, the initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship supports creative personalities, cultural practitioners and initiators who wish to advance their founding idea and are ready to assume responsibility for themselves and society. In the critical phase between studying and a professional career in art and design, the initiative backs the requisite steps in project and business development through offering workshops in management, business, law, and communication, individual mentoring as well as discursive formats and exhibitions.

Other capacity-building projects at the intersection of studying and professional career in art and design, include scholarship programmes offered in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste – Junge Akademie in Berlin, Atelier Mondial, and the Susanna Biedermann Foundation between the cities of Basel and Berlin, and Basel and Marrakesh. In addition, the initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship has been cooperating with the programme Arts+ led by swissnex Boston. The two initiatives intersect in form of an internship in Boston with a focus on art, science, technology, and incubator cultures, and which promotes network building across the Atlantic. The scholarships and internships enhance the acquisition of knowledge across borders.

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Contact data

Jana Eske
Jana Eske Head of the Initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship
Telephone : +41 61 228 43 06 (direct)

Dreispitz Basel / Münchenstein

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein b. Basel
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