Futures (Un)Known
6 – 7 December 2023
Brussels, Belgium

Hosted by LUCA School of Arts

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Close your eyes. Picture the arts in higher education in 2045. Is it possible to map multiple unknown futures today? What structures do we need to create the sustainable and desirable futures our art students deserve?

FAST45 Futures (Un)known invites higher arts education leaders, educators, creative practitioners, researchers, artists, students, cultural workers, and policymakers to actively participate in an illuminating two-day programme of futures-thinking activities from 6 – 7 December 2023 in Brussels, BelgiumView the full programme>


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Discover and respond to futures scenarios, findings and tools co-created as part of the EU-funded project FAST45 – Futures Art School Trends in 2045. Engage in policy debate and start constructing a roadmap that will empower higher arts education institutions to anticipate their unknown future and actively shape it. Register today> 



In 2045 the world as we know it will look very different. Although we cannot predict the future, we can shape it. FAST45 (Futures Art School Trends 2045) recognises the potential of the creativity and imaginative thinking nurtured and developed at art schools. Together with the drive for innovation in society at large, this has inspired key players from higher arts education and business to join forces. The aim is to imagine and promote a future in which the arts and arts education play an integral role in a world radically reshaped by the 4th industrial revolution, globalisation and climate change.


The EU-funded project, FAST45 – Futures Art School Trends in 2045 was launched on 10 February 2022, taking a futures-thinking approach to imagine and shape a higher (arts) education landscape where participation, research, and sustainability in the arts would play a crucial role within the sector and society as a whole.

FAST45 has created and tested new methodologies and implemented them as part of Art School Futures Labs. Educators, researchers, students and business professionals developed futures scenarios, a data map, learning platform, seminars, policy papers and guidelines, all aiming to equip arts institutions with the knowledge and tools needed to shape their future.  Learn more about FAST45> 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Brussels!