Our approach to innovation

One of the focuses of TCAF lies on the impact of art in innovation, which we want to better understand and unleash.

1) Why innovation matters
Innovation is an increasingly popular topic. This is due to the current geopolitical context as well as to wider social and economic concerns, such as low or stagnating productivity and high unemployment rates.

Crucially, evidence reveals that creative jobs are more resistant to automation than other jobs, that there is some co-location between creative sectors and other innovative industries, and that businesses that combine science and arts skills have stronger performance. And yet the details of these relations are not understood – the first main goal of our R&D work on this topic.

2) Creativity: from the individual to the societal level
If one wants to understand how art fosters innovative thinking, one must also develop a better understanding of the nature of creativity. Research increasingly stresses creativity as a ‘a social process embedded within organisational and institutional contexts’ (DeFillippi, Grabher and Jones, 2007: 511). However, it is still necessary to better understand how the contribution of art to innovative ecosystems can be maximised – the second main goal of our R&D work on this topic.


Ongoing projects

Coming soon

Previous events

As part of our commitment to better understanding the relations between art and innovation and unleash the transformative power of art in this regard, TCAF has organised and participated in several events.

In 2015, one of TACF’s The Art of Conversation supper series focused on the idea of play (see posts here and here) and another on spontaneity (photographs above and below).

In 2017, in collaboration with The Culture Capital Exchange and DataKind UK, TCAF hosted Networked Data, a roundtable discussion about distributed data in relation to art and the challenges of gathering robust evidence to make the case for art impact. The discussion aimed to explore new ways of coordinating, scoping and substantiating research, in particular in the context of distributed knowledge and networked frameworks. We were pleased to have the contribution of Robert Manchin, former CAE Acting Secretary General.

© Roger Alarcon for TCAF

© Roger Alarcon for TCAF

To discuss a potential collaboration, email Marianne Magnin, our chair of the board, or Mafalda Dâmaso, our R&D Manager.

Header image © Roger Alarcon for TCAF