The Catalyst Programme (April 2017 – March 2018) aims to identify key challenges for eight cultural centres and theatre companies in order to tackle them through innovative actions.


To diagnose challenges and implement changes, the catalyst organisations are collaborating with several mentors. Both catalyst organisations and mentors are co-researching their shared learning journey throughout the programme, using design led action research methods to record, gather and interpret data. The Catalyst research looks to uncover insights into the challenges of developing business models in arts and cultural organisations, and answer the question: “What do the Catalyst projects tell us about business model innovation in arts and cultural organisations?”


The Catalyst programme has four phases: a) Diagnosis of the catalyst organisations’ business models; b) Design of interventions or changes in their business model; c) Implementation of changes; d) Reflection and evaluation of the actions and programme.