Our goals and work

2017 residency

© Gideon Mendel and Jonathan Pierredon

Strategic goals

TCAF has three overarching strategic goals, which we achieve via our five R&D themes (education, innovation, sustainability, wellbeing, residencies):

1) Build and disseminate knowledge on how art is transformative by testing existing knowledge and identifying new tools to capture art’s transformative effects.

TCAF brings together, analyses and disseminates knowledge of selected information resources; conducts applied research; and commissions (in partnership with other organisations) applied research.

2) Develop effective cooperation between art organisations and other sectors, such as academia, the third sector, government agencies, civil society and corporations.

TCAF does this by facilitating connections between leaders and practitioners.

3) Provide informed leadership on key issues affecting the arts.

TCAF’s goal is to develop and maintain an active voice in national and international debates regarding the role of art.

Experimentation grounds

TCAF’s R&D programme combines the following experimentation grounds:

Commissioned and own research


Public events


Commissioned research includes our evaluation of the Goethe at LUX residency (2017).

Own research includes our literature review of the international evidence on the transformative power of art (2016).

Workshops include Networked Data, a roundtable discussion about distributed data in relation to art and the challenges of gathering robust evidence of its impact developed in collaboration with The Culture Capital Exchange and DataKind UK.

Public events include our Art of Conversation series (here and here).

Residencies refer to our own artist residencies in Lagamas, France. Read the statements by some of our former artists-in-residency – Maryam Palizgir, Beatrice Schulz, Susie Hamilton, Graham Anderson; and visitors – Rebecca Taber.

Thought leadership

TCAF is a member of a number of networks and institutions that aim to advance recognition of the transformative power of art and culture, such as

1) the European network Culture Action Europe, whose Beyond the Obvious conferences create a space to rethink culture, to explore its borders and edges, and to move beyond the conventional assumptions, beliefs and practices that hinder the contribution of culture to social and economic regeneration at the local, national and European levels.

2) the Art and Health Advisory Committee of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which brings together experts from the areas of health, art therapy, research and the arts, in addition to philanthropists and representatives of the MMFA.

In addition, TCAF is regularly invited to contribute to discussions on art and culture – most recently by the British Council and members of the Communications Committee (which investigates public policy areas regarding, namely, the Creative Industries) of the House of Lords.

If you’d like to support us in making our vision a reality, contact us to discuss a potential collaboration. You can email Marianne Magnin, our chair of the board.