Creative Skills Week in Vienna

How to learn to unlearn

Insights from Creative Skills Week 2023 in Vienna, where Materahub shared a taste of the extensive mapping activity conducted as part of Cyanotypes project.

From 10 – 13 October 2023, the University of Applied Arts Vienna hosted the Creative Skills Week. This two-day programme brought together diverse stakeholders to support the future of the European Cultural and Creative Sector Industries ecosystem.

Creative Skills Week 2023 is an initiative of the EU Pact for Skills for the Cultural and Creative Industries Ecosystem, the Alliance for Sectorial Cooperation on Skills CYANOTYPES  and the European Creative Hubs Network. The aim was to enhance existing activities, projects, and communities to promote innovative approaches to re-skilling and up-skilling.

Like many other first-timers, Materahub was there and contributed directly to the event by sharing a taste of the extensive mapping activity, conducted as part of the EU Erasmus+ project CYANOTYPES.

This ambitious blueprint project has big goals, to equip creative ecosystems with the tools to anticipate and respond to the future skills needs of the sector, designing new curricula for higher education (HE) and vocational education and training (VET).

After one year of investigation, Materahub shared with the European audience the first results of this comprehensive research on the skills learning scenario currently available in Europe for Cultural and Creative professionals that, within CYANOTYPES, will drive the development of a methodology.

One of the most significant findings from this initial research phase is the recognition that merely revising curricula is insufficient. To be adequately prepared for the future, in order to adapt to the swift shifts in the market, society, and technology, we must begin to envision and implement alternative approaches.

We need to learn to unlearn in order to relearn. And facilitate a mindset shift on how to listen, communicate, and nurture educators and industry across sectors.

In the next few years, Materahub will lead an exciting part of the CYANOTYPES project, creating the framework to do this.

The tireless Cyanotypes team then moved down to the Creative Days in Bologna, organised by the recently established EIT Culture and Creativity, to share their vision and unite forces with the co-location south centre of the EIT Culture & Creativity led by ART-ER S. cons. p. a.