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LaVallée birthday celebration from 7 > 10 September

LaVallée is a 6000m² space developed by SMart in the Canal area in Molenbeek, Brussels. LaVallée offers studio, office and exposition space for events but also training and rehearsal rooms for freelancers, creative and local entrepreneurs.

LaVallée is part of the European Creative Hubs network.

Join us to celebrate the second anniversary with music, an exposition, food and apéro …. the programme can be found here.





I-Wire Survey

SMart is part of I-Wire, a European research project on freelancers, their profiles, work habits and working conditions. Participate by filling in this survey!


Cultural actors’ mobility conference – 27th to 29th of April – Mons

Cultural actors’ mobility conference – Mons 27-29/04

The Taskforce Culture of the Association of European Border Regions is organizing with SMart, the Espace Culture Grande Région and ECOC Mons 2015 a conference on cultural actors’ mobility, in Mons, from the 27th to the 29th of April.

The Task Force Cross-Border Culture (T4CBC) is working since 2014 on the creation of a cultural network of border regions and is a member of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). The cultural actors from European border regions are at the heart of this initiative, as well as their topics and projects. T4CBC’s aim: reinforce capacity of cultural actors from cross-border regions to be able to work with each other on the cross-border and European level.

During those 3 days of conference, interactive workshops gathering innovative projects and experts are organized about the artist topic and:

  • Urbanism And Transboundary Landscape Planning Including Citizens,
  • Art, Health And New Technologies,
  • Waterways, Vectors Of The European Culture,
  • Artist Residencies, Co-working spaces, Fab Lab’s

The complete program is available here.

Practical information:

  • When? From the 27th (evening) until the 29th of April 2016 (midday)
  • Where? At the Mundaneum, 76 rue de Nimy – 7000 Mons – Belgium
  • Information about accommodation and transport available here
  • Free subscription until the 24th of April via this link
  • For more information, consult AEBR’s website


Seminar on Access to social protection, February 23rd, Brussels

Culture Action Europe in collaboration with SMart has created a working group that aims at raising awareness on the impact of employment evolution on the access to social protection.

In January we launched an international survey focusing on protection against health-related risks. We would now like to invite you to join us at a seminar on access to social protection for citizens with irregular work-income. The seminar will take place in the SMart premises on February 23, from 13h till 17h30.  Here is the programme.

During this working session we will have the opportunity to speak of ongoing projects as well as the aim of our survey. The aim is to bring together academics, representatives of European Institutions and field organisations’ delegates in order to share their views, expertise and outlooks on the topic of access to social protection for those who develop portfolio careers.

The overall objective is to raise awareness and create synergies among these different actors so as to tackle this crucial issue from a new perspective. A possible long-term goal would be advancing proposals to foster coordination on the issue at a European scale.

Please note there is a limited capacity, therefore, would you like to attend this event, please make reservation by sending an e-mail to
A wrap-up paper will be made available.


Participate to the survey on Irregular income & access to social protection


Then this survey is for you!

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You will help Culture Action Europe to raising awareness on your specific situation.

Culture Action Europe (ACE) is Europe-wide advocacy platform that set up, among others, the Welfare line, a working group that aims at raising awareness on the impact of employment evolution on the access to social protection.

With this international survey, in collaboration with SMart, CAE focuses on protection against health-related risks. By health related risks we mean all conditions that affect your health and thus capacity to work, such as: illness, professional injury, occupational disease, long term care, baring and giving birth to a child.

By answering this survey you will allow CAE to better understand the gaps in social protection (ie health-related risks) according to the social status or countries.

Help us raise awareness about your difficulties answer this survey!

Filling-in the survey takes about 15 minutes. It is available in several languages, click on your language to access the survey

–          English

–          French

–          German

–          Spanish

–          Italian

–          Flemish


Feel free to distribute the questionnaire to everyone concerned!

For any question you may have do not hesitate to contact


We thank you in advance for your contribution.




Culture Action Europe in collaboration with SMart


SMartNL at “MyCreativity Sweatshop: A reality check on the creative industries” – Amsterdam 20&21/11

SMartNL is proud to invite you to the SMartCafé organised in the frame of the MyCreativity Sweatshop: A reality check on the creative industries,  organized November 20th & 21st  2014, at the TrouwAmsterdam in Amsterdam.

It will be the occasion to speak about the survey SMartNL is undertaking together with University of Groningen (represented by Dr. P. Gielen) & SMartBe thanks to the KIEM grant from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The topic of the study is “Sustainable Creativity in the Post-Fordist Creative Industries”. Considering that creativity is not an inexhaustible resource, the goal is to understand which tools should be developed to make creative professionals’ basic resource, i.e. creativity, more sustainable.

It will also be the opportunity for creative professionals to speak about their difficulties, SMartNL to present its tools & services , and most of all to build a dialogue together that allow the design of concrete & sustainable solutions for creatives.

Click here for more information on the MyCreativity Sweatshop: A reality check on the creative industries (20€/day, 30€ full conference).


Spread the word and don’t forget to come visit us!


Fill in the research survey: ‘Creativity is not an inexhaustible resource!’

Are you an artists or working in the creative field?
Does your daily work rely on creativity?
Then you are the person we are looking for!

This survey investigates the working conditions of artists and creatives across Europe. It is undertaken by SMartNL* in collaboration with Dr. Pascal Gielen of the University of Groningen and SMartBe. The research results will be used to develop solutions to enhance – and to strengthen – the very basis of the creative professions: creativity.

Through your answers we obtain direct information on what is needed to make creativity sustainable for those who use it: that is for artists and creatives. This will allow us to develop new tools for you.

Start the survey, it only takes you 15 minutes. You can participate till 13th February.

Thanks for your time and cooperation! (You will be able to leave your email address to stay informed about the results)





Symposium: Sustainable Creativity in the Post-Fordist Conditions

SMartNL and the research center for Arts in Society of the University of Groningen are co-organising the Sustainable Creativity in the Post-Fordist Condition symposium, on 4 and 5 September 2014, in Groningen.

During this 2 day event, theoretical insights will be mixed with hands-on practices and examples of self-organisation. Learning to reflect on and to deal with the contemporary creative working conditions and thinking processes are the main ambitions of the symposium.
This event is organised in the context of the NWO KIEM Call for Creative Industries in a ppc cooperation between SMartNL and the research center for Arts in Society of the University of Groningen. It is sponsored by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Groningen Institute for the Research of Culture (ICOG) and the Research Cluster Sustainable Society.
Find out more here.


SMartBe and the European elections

In January 2014, SMartBe launched its campaign “Je vote culture” (“I’m voting for culture”). This campaign is aimed at informing the general public of matters pertaining to culture in the European elections.

Debates are being held until 12 May, a memorandum has been published, and a number of events and conferences were organised together with partners throughout Belgium.

Find out more in the press release here (fr).


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