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Experiment with peers



At La Belle Ouvrage, we are keen to observe professional developments and trends, at the crossroads between various fields (artistic forms, professional networks, public/private articulations, audience issues, public policies…). We work with professional participants from various institutions, jobs, regions and disciplines. We offer our training courses in Paris and elsewhere in France and Europe, creating partnerships with local venues and institutions.


La Belle Ouvrage offers training courses designed around four main approaches:


demi  Peer-to-peer training groups:
Designed to meet the need of who are already experienced in a particular field, to confront one’s practice with the one of others, to develop one’s skills, to enlarge one’s understanding of the field. Most courses are offered one day a month throughout one year.


demi Issue-based training courses:
We identify some important topics, that are currently encountered throughout the field, such as European cooperation, community-based project, mobility, collective work ,…


demi  Tailored offers “for you only”:
You would like to implement a made-to-measure course, one-on-one or with a group? We will develop with you courses based on an analysis of your needs, either by developing a brand new reflection on your own issues, or by using variations of topics already offered at La Belle Ouvrage.


demi  Intercultural training courses:
We are regularly commissioned to design and run training courses gathering professionals from different countries in Europe. We aim at enlarging the understanding of Europe’s cultural diversity, both on a pratical and political level and at creating networks of professionals with shared experiences.






Below are a few examples of workshops we offer:


demi  You are asking yourself many questions about how creating and maintaining relationships with the public, and you would like to be involved in inventing and experimenting with many new ways of connecting with him.


Public! Transformations and initiatives, 
4 different modules of 4 days


Devising an Offer and Welcoming
What should a cultural venue offer? In what way is it useful to society? What role does it play for people who walk through its doors? What makes a cultural venue really welcoming and accessible? What is its target catchment area – the local neighbourhood, the town or city, the wider region?
In this module, we will explore the development of new activities organised by or in cultural venues, and look at how these venues can be perceived as being truly welcoming and accessible.


Gathering and Relating
Who makes up the audience of a cultural venue today? How do you decide who exactly to target? What kind of relations does the venue develop with its environment? Can certain projects foster new relationships with people living nearby? How can the make-up of a venue’s audience be influenced?
In this module, we will look at the projects, practices and tools allowing you to build new relations with your audience – and to identify what factors influence its make-up – as well as with the wider region.


Evolving and Engaging
What makes communications flow within a team, a board of directors or a group of volunteers? How can the ever more popular tenets of cooperation and engagement within our society influence our way of working as a team? How do you ensure a diverse range of viewpoints within the team? Does the team resemble the environment it is working within? How can the make-up of a team be influenced? Can developing these factors within teams make the organisation more welcoming to artists, the audience and people in the local community?
This module will explore how the methods used in leadership, reflection and decision-making, as well as encouraging diversity within a team, can be objectives for an organisation and also serve as channels to transform practices.


Evaluating and Assessing
The ability to define objectives and evaluation criteria is so closely linked with the commodification of human resources that it is hard to know how to incorporate it into cultural projects. Is it possible to give these a more open meaning and to question the significance of our actions as cultural and social actors? What social responsibility do we have as cultural actors? How do we define our objectives in relation to the context? What specific choices do we make? What are our aims and what criteria can we use to measure how satisfied we are of our achievements on an individual and collective basis?
In this module, we will study the different tools used to assess projects, identify what values underpin our assessment criteria and analyse the changes that can be made by evaluating the development and implementation of projects.


These issues can crop up in any region. In the 2018/2019 season, we launched a new Public! course on Réunion Island, in partnership with Jeudi Formation, aimed at a group of art and culture professionals from the island.
If you would like to see one or more of our courses running in your area or within your organisation, please contact us.





demi  You are running a venue, a festival, and agency, you are a stage director, etc… you carry an artistic and cultural project with your team and you would like to develop your skills in management and strategical vision for your organisation.


Strengthening your skills as a team and project leader in the performing arts, 
12 days – one day a month during a year


A course designed for 8 project designers, which offers you a neutral , formal, and welcoming space, but not complacent, with no immediate professional objectives, to work out in depths how relevant and solid your projects are and outline your position. Based on peer-to-peer exchange, this course is focused on  the management of your project and its strategical development.To take into account the length of time required to mature a project, the course takes place one day a month over a year.






demi  You are a production manager or a manager in charge of audience development and educational programs and you would like to work on your skills in these fields to serve community-based projects in which relations with the audience is at the heart of the creative process.


Developing transversal skills for community-based projects
9 days






demi  You would like to change field, profession, activity, area, to progress within your current position, or to better use your experience.


Developing and implementing job mobility,
7 days


Examining your own professional mobility is essential in the current unstable social climate. We offer courses focused on the exploration of people’s wishes, projects, skills, the elaboration of a mobility project including its feasibility, and the practical tools required to implement it (curriculum vitae, cover letter, interview, research, networking, etc.).