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Carreers in the Arts | CCI’s



Sustainable Careers in the Arts is a platform for knowledge sharing around four priorities: identifying the skills that artists need; teaching approaches and methods for illustrating and teaching these skills; demonstrating the value and impact of the arts; and advocacy to address the issues of resistance to sustainable arts careers education. The definition of a career in the arts certainly includes full-time artists, but to a much greater extent also careers built on artistic competencies, which are put into practice in all sectors of society today.

Following up the work developed by the NXT Project, the Representative Board encouraged the formation of a new working group and platform focusing on sustainable careers and entrepreneurship in the arts.

The focus of this working group is to consider the attributes, skills, competencies and knowledge, in addition to the discipline-specific competencies that graduating artists should be equipped with to maximize their potential in their chosen careers within the evolving ecosystem. The working group also aims to develop a package of information, approaches and case studies. This will supplement the tools of art educators in preparing their students for sustainable and fulfilling artistic careers. Through the creation of a community of educators in the arts, the working group facilitates the sharing of knowledge and best practices.


The group has begun the task of setting some initial priorities for the Platform, as follows (not in priority order)

  • Identifying the skills that artists need
  • Teaching approaches and methods for illustrating and teaching these skills
  • Demonstrating the value and impact of the Arts
  • Advocacy to address the issues of resistance to sustainable arts careers education 

In March 2020 a Sustainable Careers Online Consultation investigated these topics. In the coming two years the group will also closely follow the development of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). More information about it here.

Are you involved or interested in the topic of sustainable careers in the arts? All individuals affiliated with an ELIA Member institution may access MyELIA and join the Careers in the Arts Platform in the member’s environment.Each user registration to Platforms are managed in the signed-in environment – MyELIA.

Working Group Members

  • Nadia Danhash (Chair), Royal College of Art
  • Jan Cools, LUCA School of Arts 
  • Deborah Keogh, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Kai Lehikoinen, University of the Arts Helsinki
  • Barbara Revelli, ELIA
  • David Crombie, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  • Alexander Damianisch, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Click here to see the full list of all members in ELIA's working groups.