European Cultural Learning Network

Connecting Europe's Cultural Learning Practitioners


Download the ECLN Flyer English (PDF) || Brochures in all languages || ECLN Journey (animation, films) The European Cultural Learning Network (ECLN) is a Leonardo da Vinci project which has been established to explore issues that are relevant to 'CulturaI Learning' practitioners. 'Cultural Learning' means the whole range of artistic and cultural practice that is delivered by artists and creative people within and across 3 different situations: informal - through the ad-hoc sharing of knowledge and skills between people within informal artist networks; non-formal - occurring in cultural or art centres or through cultural and community associations; within arts-based projects and programmes targeted at specific communities or young people; or to promote, support and develop specific cultural or artistic practice; formal - classes, workshops, lectures or seminars as part of a formal learning programme in school, college, adult education or university From now to September 2015, ECLN will explore and pilot new ways of supporting European Cultural Learning professionals and their organisations and increase the profile and connectivity of the sector as well as supporting its vocational education and training (VET) needs.



Research & Tools

The European Cultural Learning Network (ECLN) research has taken place in 10 European countries. The updated and tested ECLN research tool-kit has been used in Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and the UK. Partner Organisations have mapped the work of Artists, Freelance Creatives and Cultural organisations using 7 special research tools developed by ECLN. The first of these tools aims to indicate relationships between three levels of cultural and creative activity: the creative and cultural industries; the specialist, passionate and talented cultural enthusiasts that are committed to developing their own arts and cultural practices despite not being commercially contracted; and the generalist arts and cultural participants that engage in these activities for fun, social or broader educational purposes. The research examines the portfolio of current and historic cultural and artistic experiences of 250 artists, freelancers or representatives of cultural organisations in order to identify any indicative trends in movement within and between these 3 levels of cultural activity. It also examines the contexts in which cultural experiences have taken place i.e. on an individual basis, as part of a group or as part of a community of interest or practice. The tool enables individuals to track their own sequence of engagement within 9 zones of cultural learning and identify in which of these zones they currently offer cultural learning support to others.


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