CYANOTYPES adopts anticipatory strategies to develop and test a methodological framework that will empower creators to imagine multiple futures, making processes they are involved in today more sustainable, more resilient, and more dynamic.

Organised by a triple loop learning framework, this will include changes in how we “learn how to learn”.

CYANOTYPES brings together a wide variety of organisations, stakeholders, and European networks to address the needs and skills gaps in the Cultural & Creative Industries. Based on innovative multidisciplinary approaches, CYANOTYPES tackles the sector’s potential for innovation and competitiveness, which deals as well with challenges presented by, among others, COVID-19, the digital transition, and the green shift.   

The project title CYANOTYPES references the iron-based photographic process that gave the name to the “blueprint” we know today. Inspired by this key moment of innovation, CYANOTYPES sees in this very practice an exemplary episode from the pre-digital archive of arts-and-technology experimentation that inspires creators to this day. 

CYANOTYPES strategically adopts a triple loop learning framework that combines the effective adoption of existing (and validated) skillsets the co-creative development of new skillsets and a flexible framework to respond to disruptive changes with future skillsets. 

Through the integration of specific and transversal skillsets, CYANOTYPES will provide context-specific points of entry and respond to disruptive elements into the sector with upskilling and reskilling processes for different stakeholder groups leading to change and innovation in CCI education and training.


The project’s intention is to support the co-creation and delivery of a training programme with concrete trans-national skills modules covering the spectrum of diverse qualifications involving VET levels (EQF levels 3 to 5) and tertiary levels (EQF levels 6 to 8), as well as providing inputs for workplace training and microlearning for existing and new occupational profiles.


CYANOTYPES is a member of the Pact for Skills for the CCI ecosystem. 

The European Commission has formulated an ambitious plan for the next five years to define new skill sets for our Cultural Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI), the PACT 4 SKILLS – CCI PARTNERSHIP 

There is a strong potential in boosting joint action to maximise the impact of skills investment. Skills policies and actions are shared between many players. Companies, workers, education and training providers, national, regional and local authorities, chambers of commerce and employment services are among the ones who contribute to making up- and reskilling a reality. Concerted efforts can bring clarity to individuals and companies throughout the value chain, reduce costs and focus on priorities. 

A strong Social Europe for Just Transitions 

This is why the European Commission is launching a Pact for Skills — a shared engagement and approach to skills development. The Pact is firmly anchored in the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and supports the goals of the Green Deal and the digital transformation, as set out in the Commission communication “A strong Social Europe for Just Transitions”. The Pact aims to mobilise and incentivise private and public stakeholders to take concrete action for the upskilling and reskilling of people of working age, and, when relevant, pool efforts in the partnerships. 

This effort is based on the European Skills Agenda which aims to help individuals and businesses develop a wider range of more effective skills. The goal of this European Skills Agenda is not only to up-skill and re-skill European citizens in a framework of lifelong learning, but also to strengthen creative and entrepreneurial competences, to put these newly acquired and much needed skill sets into practice.



CYANOTYPES is a pan-European project, initiated by a consortium of 20 members and 28 associated partners.


Thanks to our consortium partners, including major European and International networks joining forces in Cyanotypes, we are all over Europe and beyond. We cover the entire European Cultural and Creative Industries ecosystem. Through our members, partners and activities, Cyanotypes will be present throughout the European Continent over the course of the 4 years project. More is yet to come.



We are a cross-sectoral initiative to facilitate joint efforts to address skills gaps in urgent and future skills. Both skills and skillsets are identified through research, stakeholder engagement, and use cases. The modular curricula we develop will be validated in different contexts with a series of pilots across Europe.

When we talk about skilling, we often – and rightly so – focus on what individuals need to know, in order to act in specific situations. However, processes of organisational development and ultimately ecosystem design frame what both educator and learners do. As a result, while it makes sense to focus on the first loop – do what we know how to do better, more effectively etc – we also look at whether we even have the methods and ways of thinking available to do so (second loop). And if not, we invent them. And finally, we reimagine what learning is all about – changed and challenged by new contexts, new technologies, and new types of agency and intelligence: that’s the third loop.

Yes and no. Existing statistics (ESCO and other databases) help us understand the gaps between existing and needed skills. What they don’t tell us is where we are going, so we need scenarios to better anticipate what kinds of skills and skillsets may be needed in the future. This also means that we have to address the gaps between formal and informal learning as not all gaps can be addressed while learners are enrolled in degree-granting institutions. We also need alternative skilling dynamics that are open to a wide variety of learners active in a wide variety of contexts.

We have singled out three CCI sectors to focus the conversation: AV / games / TV, design, fashion. Together, they capture much of what we think needs to be urgently addressed – how technological innovation is changing creative work (and the business models based on such work) in these areas. At a later stage, we will engage with sectoral specificity; however, these skillsets are much better known than the transversal skillsets. Finally, we also acknowledge the limits of describing the diversity of developments under a single sectoral view: they are defined by their heterogeneity.

Yes. Since we are part of the commission’s effort to implement the Pact4Skills, we integrate and build on existing skilling frameworks, including ENTRECOMP. CYANOTYPES focuses on the role of the creative sector in driving the triple transition and therefore focuses on GREENCOMP.

As a project rooted in academic research, traditional institutions of higher learning play a key role (academies, universities). However, vocational education and other forms of non-degree education are equally important. In the end, we share the view of “competence ecosystems” (SITRA 2023) in which multiple sites of (self-organised) learning combine to facilitate skilling, including microlearning and microcredentials as well as intelligent systems that can facilitate highly-individualised learning dynamics.

We generate both tangible and intangible outcomes. Our main outcome is a train-the-trainer framework. But to build on a shared understanding of crucial cooperation across organisations and subsectors, we first have to build such a shared understanding – skilling needs its own narrative, beyond references to gaps and shortages.

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