EX(S)PORTS

East Street Arts

Cooperation Projects

England

2015

Total project grant (euros)

€137,400

Percentage of budget funded

60%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

1 May 2015 - 31 Jan 2017

Number of partners in project

3

Lead organisation

L’Entorse, France

Partners

East Street Arts, UK;

Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Belgium

EX[S]PORTS is a cooperation activities programme dedicated to building bridges between arts and sports sectors with aims to deliver innovation in audiences development, capacity building and economic strengthening.

EX[S]PORTS is led by l’Entorse in Lille (FR), in partnership with East Street Arts (Leeds, UK) and Vooruit (Ghent , BE). Arts and sports activities belong to well-separated social fields, with their own businesses, events, values and models. Those separations create specific identities and codes, which often lead to people ignoring or excluding each other. These social and economic systems have mostly grown apart. However, when contemporary artists start to seriously mingle with sports imaginaries, outstanding works are produced. And today, one European among three is practicing sport at least once a week. Sports clubs involve 70 millions of people, which is 15% of the European population. Building bridges between arts and sports bring therefore a challenging perspective for audience development and social inclusion. And in a context of economic crisis and massive cultural budgets cuts, considering the sport sectors as a new market opportunity, can feature innovating solutions.

To achieve these aims, EX[S]PORTS partners have jointly-defined 10 key activities:

MAKING: activities 1 & 2 - Residencies and coproductions. Thematics: Art and Bicycle, Watersport, Football & identities
MANAGING: activities 3, 4, 5 - Artistic, finance and production coordination
LINKING: activity 6 – Sports and culture mediation, community building
SHARING & LEARNING: activity 7 – Internal communication and joint development
PROMOTING: activity 8 – External communication and publication
SHOWING & INSPIRING: activity 9 – Presentations and events
SECURING & SUSTAINING: activity 10 – Research, evaluation and legacy

Beyond this first cooperation framework, EX[S]PORTS aim to inspire the cultural and sports sectors, with a significant legacy and future partnership widening.

Similar projects

Transbook
view

Transbook, Children's Literature on the Move

Nobrow Limited

Culture

England

2014

view

Cultural Adaptations

Creative Carbon Scotland

Culture

Scotland

2018

view

Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe: Beyond borders?

Creative Skillset - Sector Skills Council

Culture

UK-wide

2017