Transforma Think Tank


What strategies can independent cultural structures such as Transforma develope for the promotion of creativity and experimentation in/through artistic practices as an effective way to generate revenue and develop leadership in the Portuguese Creative Industries?



How do the experimental arts and creativity can participate in the development of a new and distinct practice that may promote the competitiveness of a city, a region or a country?



The TRANSFORMA THINK TANK explores the role of artistic and creative in developing competitive and sustainable cities, and the importance of leadership and potential savings associated with the creative industries/cultural, encouraging the sharing among the various stakeholders such as academics, policy makers, owners, media and cultural workers and artists from various disciplines.


"We must continue to invest in this, in creative talent in our cultural infrastructure and ensuring the existence of an enabling environment for the flourishing of creativity, leadership in the creative sector and culture. We expect a lot of them: not only a good practice performative or visual, but vision, inspiration and dynamism, as well as an intense passion for culture and a strong commitment in promoting its benefits to society and to a wider economy. "

Gordon Brown, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer.



In other words, a high quality cultural leadership is too important to promote the cultural sector in situations of continued success. Sustained policies should be developed, implemented and accessed.



Objectives of TTT:


• Identify and analyze strategic cultural policies and development models for associations / cultural institutions;


• Discover new ways of financing and production of cultural projects, especially those who rehearse new approaches / experiments;


• Create a space analysis for the most relevant international examples;


• Establish new contacts and integrate new networks with people / structures involved in the implementation of new organizational practices and discussion of cultural policies;


•  Understand the risks and opportunities created by the implementation of different models of cultural production: learning from the experiences of others, good or bad;


• Analyze different formats socio-political to the cultural sector, to public and private partnerships;


• To investigate the importance of the spaces of cultural production in the context of urban regeneration processes;


• Investigate and analyze different forms of "creative cities" and to study possible applications to Torres Vedras/Portugal;


• Develop the basis for a research and a rigorous practice in this area.