Fair Collaboration in Cultural Relations: A Reflaction

Project Name
NOT A TOOLKIT! Fair Collaboration in Cultural Relations: A Reflaction
Funding Body
EUNIC – European Union National Institutes of Culture
2021 – 2022

Matina Magkou 
Avril Joffe
Anna Steinkamp
Cristina Farinha
Sudebi Thakurata
Kateljin Verstraete

Not a toolkit! Fair collaboration in cultural relations: a reflAction is the result of a commission from EUNIC to a team of six experts with diverse profiles and backgrounds to develop a set of user-centred tools for EUNIC members and colleagues working in the field of cultural relations. The team was selected through an open call for proposals published in March 2021. KOLLEKTIVA undertook the project management of this work and Matina Magkou from our team contributed to the research and content development.

Not a toolkit! aims to raise awareness about fair practices in cultural relations, and asks pertinent questions we should be asking of ourselves – as individuals, as professionals and as organisations operating within a system – to challenge and improve our practices, policies and procedures when engaging in cultural relations activities.

Not a toolkit! was compiled by Cristina Farinha, Avril Joffe, Matina Magkou, Anna Steinkamp, Katelijn Verstraete, and Sudebi Thakurata along with D.epicentre as the design partner. It is the result of extensive consultation with practitioners in the field of cultural relations – both EUNIC and non-EUNIC members, including a survey, a series of roundtables and interviews. The methodology adopted was a user-centred design-led process.