Support to mobility of artists : nine projects were selected (2009)
- the strengthening and development of existing joint mobility and artists residency programmes by enabling more structured and sustainable cooperation, including increasing the number of artists from different EU Member States taking part;
- the generation of new joint programmes, formats or structured experiences of mobility, including by artists residencies.
The Commission received 102 applications which were evaluated by an evaluation committee.
The following nine projects were selected for a co-financing in 2009:
Art Farers - Bridge between European Cultural Centres (BECC) - Compagnonnage artistique á travers l'European - Convergent territories - MusXchange - House for Open Mobility Exchange (H.O.M.E.) - Rendez-Vous - HALMA grants programme for writers - Re-tooling residency
Organisation: Ecose - European Cultural Organisation – Social Education (GREECE)
Partners: Rēzekne District Council (LV), Andrakoski Zavod Maribor (SI), Ayuntamiento de Los Palacios y Villafranca (ES)
Grant: 205.370,00 € - Budget: 293.387,00 € - Co-financing rate: 70 %
Duration: November 2009– October 2011 - Website: http://www.ecose.org
"Arts Fares" aims at supporting transnational mobility initiatives among artists and in the cultural field more generally. As part of the project, each partner will establish a group of five skilled, popular artists from the different art sectors of theatre, dance, music, fine and digital arts. These groups will travel to project associates based in Latvia, Greece, Slovenia, and Spain in a newly developed exchange model which encourages artists to take part in mobility schemes. "Arts Fares" is also designed to motivate local authorities to develop their artistic programmes, projects and policies.
Under the project, artists will meet with children and adults in schools, social welfare organisations, and other institutions (such as prisons, houses for the elderly, and drug rehabilitation centres). The main task for the travelling artists involved in the scheme is to develop the artistic level of the community by offering their unique expertise through training and teaching platforms and to share their experience and skills.
An extensive communication drive will take place to promote the visibility of the project at both local and European levels. The elaboration of an assessment survey and an evaluation report will also highlight the key role mobility can play in the cultural sector.
Organisation: European Network of Cultural Centres- ENCC (BELGIUM)
Partners: Palamuse Rahvamaja (EE), Latvian Literature Centre (LV), Vilniaus Dailes Centras, Vsi (LT), Kultur Aktiv (DE), Viabra'ccent (BE), Pécsi Kulturális Központ (HU), Xlll.kerületi Közművelődési Nkft (HU), Noass (LV), Fejér Megyei Művelődési Központ (HU)
Grant: 96.000,00 € - Budget: 137.600,00 € - Co-financing rate: 69,77 %
Duration: November 2009– November 2011 - Website: http://www.encc-becc.eu
"Bridge Between European Cultural Centres" (BECC) is a residency programme that follows on from a piloting scheme organised by the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) that took place in 2008-2009. It aims to enable 40 locally based cultural professionals to travel abroad for a period ranging from one week to six months and experience life at a cultural centre in another country. The long-term goal of the programme is to create a stable structure of 20 to 30 European cultural centres who are willing to work together in order to enhance the mobility of artists and cultural professionals. Cultural professionals from project partners and ENCC members are eligible for the scheme. While each centre will send and receive at least one cultural professional, the programme especially targets those from Central and Eastern Europe.
Two preparation seminars (March 2010, March 2011) will provide the participants with basic training, and two evaluation seminars (October 2010, October 2011) will help to identify and overcome the obstacles that currently exist for mobility between European cultural professionals. The final result of the programme will be found in the 'Guidelines for future participants' document which will reflect both the host and the travelling artist experience of the residency scheme.
Organisation: GOOD & BAD NEWS SPRL (BELGIUM)
Partners: MITRA 2000 (BG), ARTHOSTAL (ES), ISKRA (BG), A38 (HU)
Grant: 236.400,00 € - Budget: 338.400,00 € - Co-financing rate: 69,86 %
Duration: September 2009– August 2011
"Artistic companionship throughout Europe" project is the development of an informal movement begun in 2007. It will create a network which provides structures for the spontaneous movement of artists and cultural workers. Opportunities for such travel will be encouraged through a newly developed residency scheme with "houses" in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, and Spain. Some 180-200 artists – participating either alone or in groups – will be involved in visiting these residences over the period.
The focus of the project is on improving the practices of artists and encouraging them to acquire new skills through exchange. As the network is designed to expand and become self-sustaining, associated partners such as those from Ireland, Italy, and Malta will also receive support. These associated partners will participate in training and in preliminary research to connect to the network.
Through extensive communication and valorisation efforts "Artistic companionship throughout Europe" will ensure that partners from all European countries may join the network.
Organisation: EFAP- Association de support au forum européen des politiques architecturales (BELGIUM)
Partners: Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (IE), Centre for Central European Architecture (CZ), Le Point Ephémère (FR)
Grant: 210.000,00 € - Budget: 300.000,00 € - Co-financing rate: 70 %
Duration: December 2009– October 2011 - Website: http://www.efap-fepa.eu/indexb.php?lg=en
"Convergent Territories" will explore the obstacles specifically relating to architect's mobility. Under the project, residencies for architects, cultural officials, and professional authorities will be established in Dublin, Paris and Prague. The focus of the scheme is on exchanging and extending methodological tools which favour a stronger creative dimension in urban projects. The online publication of results will allow for the further development of new solutions.
"Convergent Territories" seeks to become a tool which will enable architects to reflect on the elaboration of sustainable urban projects. Increased mobility in the architectural and city planning field will enrich policies with new answers to challenges that are common to towns and cities throughout Europe. By developing more intensive exchanges between city planners and cultural players the project will highlight how European cities may develop in more sustainable and attractive ways.
Organisation: European Federation of National Youth Orchestras- EFNYO (AUSTRIA)
Partners: Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espana (ES), Orchestre Francais des Jeunes (FR), Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (IT), Wiener Jeunesse Orchester (AT), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (UK), The Polish Sinfonia luventus Orchestra (PL)
Grant: 118.923,00 € - Budget: 169.890,00 € - Co-financing rate: 70 %
Duration: December 2009– November 2011
"MusXchange" focuses on enhancing the training, qualifications, and career-path of young future professional musicians. It centres on organising joint projects and networking between the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) members and related partner institutions. The focus of the project is on helping young musicians who have completed their studies to start a career as a professional musician through short term mobility programmes in professional orchestra and ensemble training. The experience of participating in an orchestra or ensemble project for a duration of between ten days and six weeks will widely contribute to the musicians' competitiveness in the European labour market. Furthermore this training period will add to their social, linguistic, and intercultural skills and improve their performance practices as professional musicians.
"MusXchange" is based on EFNYO's 15 years of experience in the field and covers up to 150 individual short-term orchestra/ensemble projects. While the central co-ordinating role falls to EFNYO and the six co-organisers in Austria, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, the project also seeks to involve all national EFNYO orchestras from its 22 country membership in the mobility scheme. Other professional music training institutions such as those at universities, conservatories, and centres will also be involved in the project so that "MusXchange" may reach as many people as possible. By strengthening links to European professional orchestras' networks, orchestras' associations, promoters, and festivals through this network of exchange, the project will make a strong and visible impact on the professional sector.
House for Open Mobility Exchange (H.O.M.E.)
Organisation: Kulturno-umetnisko drustvo Ljud - Kud Ljud (SLOVENIA)
Partners: NEC (SI), Lomomania (PT), YEPCE (FR), OFA (SE), Sacred Places Vzw (FR)
Grant: 50.000,00 € - Budget: 84.731,54 € - Co-financing rate: 59,01 %
Duration: November 2009– April 2011 - Website: http://www.ljud.si/slo/?lang=en
"H.O.M.E" is a new type of self-organized mobility model designed by artists for artists. It aims to support sustainable cooperation and long lasting connections between artists through the establishment of an independent residency scheme of "open houses". H.O.M.E is coordinated by the Slovenian based Kud Ljud with project partners from Belgium, France, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden. Designed to be efficient, the scheme provides easy access for other residencies seeking to join the network so that it may expand and develop.
Applicant artists will be received on the sole condition that they execute a project in the public space while staying in the residence. The size of the "house" may vary from a large residency centre to a single room. The scheme strongly encourages reciprocity so that every visiting artist will act as a potential future host; this ensures the two-way mobility of the project and maintains a balance between applicant artists and residencies.
The scheme is organised in four phases. The preparation phase involves E-conferences, an examining of the available resources of each residency, and the creation of a practical web platform to connect them together. The implementation phase involves the application for artists to the scheme, the opening of the platform to the general public, and the exchanges, workshops, and joint artistic works that derive from the project itself. The evaluation phase involves a conference with all partners meeting in Slovenia. The final phase – development and promotion – consists of improving the basic model of the scheme and the internet platform, and developing and further promoting the scheme to ensure that H.O.M.E becomes a functioning, self sustaining, and expanding network.
Organisation: Lieux Publics (FRANCE)
Partners: Arge La Strada (AT), Artopolis (HU), Atelier 231 (FR), Čtyři dny (CZ), Københavns Internationale Teater (DK), Stichting Terschellings Oerol festival (NL), UZLtd (UK)
Grant: 225.250,00 € - Budget: 322.250,00 € - Co-financing rate: 69,90 %
Duration: December 2009– February 2011 - Website: http://www.lieuxpublics.fr/index.php?srub_id=173
"Rendez-vous" is a multi disciplinary mobility programme that builds on IN SITU – a European network for artistic creation in public space which has been led by Lieux Publics since 2003. The programme will make use of eight European artist residency centres which cross Europe east to west with partners in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom involved. The residency programme will engage with the local community and support travelling artists' to adapt to another country and language.
Further to the residency programme between partners, "Rendez-vous" will be involved in five crossover exchange trips to countries outside the network with a view to identifying possible future partners and expanding the long term sustainability of the network. Other actions include a seminar focused on the production of future projects, work on the cross-programming and production of festivals, and the distribution of various communications which enhance the visibility of the scheme itself.
Emphasis will also be placed on the evaluation of the programme: firstly through a public meeting in Brussels in February 2011, and secondly through the publication of multi lingual workbooks and glossaries on the website ViaEuropea.eu. The goal of the project is that each activity may give rise to a mobility model which can be transposed to all artistic disciplines.
Organisation: HALMA, The European Network of literary Centres (GERMANY)
Partners: Alte Schmiede (AT), Elias Canetti Center (BG), LCB (DE), Ventspils
House (LT), kunst.raum SyltQuelle (DE), Het Beschrijf @ Passa Porta (BE), Literaturehouse Jyväskylä (FI), Maison des écrivains étrangers et des traducteurs (FR), Villa Decius (PL), The Literature House Schleswig Holstein (D), Writers' House Jyväskylä (FI).
Grant: 108.500,00 € - Budget: 155.000,00 € - Co-financing rate: 70 %
Duration: November 2009– December 2010
Established in 2006 HALMA has been offering mobility grants to writers primarily from Western Europe. With the European Union's involvement, HALMA will now offer an equal opportunity to writers from all over Europe by organizing a broader writers’ exchange programme. The project allows for 24 literary centres from all over Europe to exchange writers within one coordinated programme. The results will deliver an intensified knowledge and awareness of European literature with 23 writers receiving a HALMA grant to visit two different European countries for one month. As part of the scheme, each writer will deliver a reading in both countries. Thus HALMA will organise at least 46 readings of translated texts in 19 different European countries.
To increase the visibility of the programme, the writers involved will be invited to annual readings, festivals, and book-fairs. In addition each writer involved will be invited to contribute a text (essay, short story or poem) to the European Library, where the texts will be published in the original language and also translated into German and English.
The programme aims to organize the exchange of writers equally over Europe. With HALMA already connecting 26 literary institutions in 21 different countries, this project will further develop the framework for cooperation, exchange, and the forum for transnational encounter that has been operating since 2006.
Re-tooling residency: International Conference on Artistic Residencies followed by exchange programme for emerging professionals
Organisation: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (POLAND)
Partners: Akademie Schloss Solitude (DE), Konsthall Botkyrka (SE), Futura, o.s. (CZ)
Grant: 249.556,52 € - Budget: 357.321,00 € - Co-financing rate: 69,84 %
Duration: August 2009– June 2011 - Website: http://csw.art.pl/a-i-r_en/
"Re-tooling Residencies" is a 2 year project devoted to developing cooperation between Eastern and Western European art institutions by sharing knowledge and supporting professional training for cultural managers. The project will create an exchange programme for eight cultural professionals who want to start a new residency programme in a South Eastern European country where residencies are less established.
The project launched with an International Conference on Artistic Residencies in Warsaw on November 16-19th 2009 and with an exhibition, "Tytuł Roboczy. Working Title", which reflected on artistic residencies as institutions dedicated to both the practical and the inspirational sides of artistic endeavour. "Tytuł Roboczy. Working Title" involved not only a gallery space but also studios and workshops, and these will soon be used to accommodate resident artists.
In the 18 months which follow the conference, the selected professionals will visit established programmes run by partner institutions to become familiar with different methods of organizing artistic residencies, participate in the administration of projects, and meet with artists and other cultural professionals. All eight selected will participate in these visitation internships which will last for one or two months. Hosts will disseminate outcomes of the projects and take part in extensive communication drives to share best practices and transmit this know-how of establishing new residencies in South Eastern Europe through meetings with local authorities, possible sponsors, talks and presentations. Through this exchange, these cultural managers will be provided with the theoretical and practical knowledge of operating artistic residences. This will contribute to redressing the balance between East and West in terms of the capacity to host international artists, cultural professionals and cross boarder projects.