EkintzaLab 2011 is a pilot project that brings together 10 SMEs and micro-SMEs in Bilbao with artists and creatives under the guidance of Lan Ekintza (now Bilbao Ekintza), a public corporation of the Bilbao City Council responsible for providing employment support and business promotion. The aim is to provide practical solutions to the needs of SMEs (especially businesses) based on a willingness to try out new references, methodologies and ideas.
The Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) has a department that specialises in analysing artistic interventions in organisations. As part of its work, it carried out a survey of the 10 SMEs and 10 artists or groups of artists that participated in the first edition of EkintzaLab. The results of the survey were extremely positive: 100% of company directors and workers and the artists involved said they would take part in a similar process.
The 10 projects were: