Calvert 22 Foundation is a UK not-for-profit organisation initiated in 2009 by Nonna Materkova, a Russian London-based economist.
Our mission is to build opportunity for emerging talent in the creative economy of the New East, by showcasing the contemporary art and culture of the region and deepening knowledge through in-depth research and analysis.
Calvert 22 is committed to empowering young talent in the creative economy of the New East (eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia).
Based in London, the organisation has actively showcased the art and culture of the New East through exhibitions, talks and events since its founding.
Now situated at the intersection of culture, economics and the arts, Calvert 22 works as a think net, building partnerships and collaborating with international companies and top universities to conduct research and deliver in-depth analysis on the creative industries of the region.
At its annual Calvert Forum conferences in Russia, the organisation brings together international speakers from business, public policy and academia to explore the evolving landscape of the creative economy in the New East.
To leverage opportunities for, and build knowledge about, the creative and cultural industries and of the New East, enriching perceptions of the region and supporting the development of young talent.
Art and culture transcends borders and language barriers. Through our online magazine The Calvert Journal we showcase tomorrow’s creative talent from the New East to an international audience.
We work with policy makers and public and private organisations to develop tools, change mindsets and build structures to help the creative economy of the New East to thrive.
As a charitable organisation, most of Calvert 22’s funding comes from donations and sponsorships from organisations including universities, private companies, foundations and other not-for-profits.
Funding is used to support The Calvert Journal, our award-winning online magazine, to pursue research into the creative economy of the New East, create opportunities for young talent and showcase cultural projects from the region at our base in London.
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