Olivarte Cultural Agency is a UK registered company founded in 2008 by Paul Bogen and Sandy Fitzgerald. Olivearte offers a comprehensive range of supports to the arts and cultural sector, such as: Consultancy, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Organisational Development, Training, Research, Fundraising, Feasibility Studies and Evaluations.
Olivearte’s work history reflects a commitment to and competency in capacity building for the European cultural sector: independent organisations, city and regional authorities, networks and universities. Here is a sample of such activities and clients:
- Escalator – Creative Industry Kosice
Devising and implementing a capacity building and training programme for the independent cultural sector in Kosice and the East Slovak Region, as part of the Kosice European Capital of Culture programme, 2013. Escalator delivered a year long programme of training workshops, individual consultancy, study visits and mentoring to 10 organisations and 2 artists selected because of their potential to be cultural innovators and leaders in the future development of this city and region. The success of the initial 2013 project has meant Escalator continued in 2014 and went nation wide in Slovakia in 2015.
- Engine Room Europe – Trans Europe Halles/Melkweg
ERE was a 3 year programme (2011-2014) for TEH and managed by Melkweg (Amsterdam) with the aim of ‘investing in the future sustainability of the independent cultural sector in Europe’. Olivearte partners Paul Bogen and Sandy Fitzgerald were Project Director and Programme Manager respectively for this venture, with a 1 million Euro subsidy from the European Commission 1.1 Culture fund (€2 million with eligible costs taken into account), 12 partners and 19 projects across Europe.
- 2015 saw the beginning of the Creative Lenses project, funded by the EU Creative Europe programme and managed by Trans Europe Halles and Kaapelitehdas (Finland). Creative Lenses is a four-year project dedicated to strengthening and developing the business capacity and sustainability of European cultural and creative players, enabling them to better deliver innovative, exciting and relevant arts and cultural programmes, events and processes and deepening the relationship with current and new audiences alike. Olivearte was involced in the funding bid and is a partner in this project with specific responsibilities for its management and implementation.
- Paul and Sandy continue to lecture and teach in a wide range of situations, including: St. Mary’s University College (London, 2010/2014) Arts Management MA Module; 220 Volt! (Lodz, 2013) training workshops for Polish and international cultural volunteers; UIC (University International de Catalunya, 2013/2015) Cultural Management Master Degree course, NCAD (National College of Art and Design Dublin 2012/2013/2015) MA in Visual Arts Education; Laznia Nowa (Cracow, 2010/11) cultural managers training course.