Children of the Sea Explora by Sibomana (ArtReach)

2019 Cooperation Projects Results: UK-Europe Cultural Partnerships Continue to Flourish

Creative Europe has published its Cooperation Projects results for 2019. The UK is in the top five European countries again this year for cross-border collaborations, with 32 UK cultural organisations awarded the Creative Europe funding, ranging from theatre companies to arts festivals. 

Some of the highlights from this year's results include:

  • 32 UK organisations will benefit from funding for Cooperation Projects to run joint initiatives with other European countries.
  • 1 in 4 projects this year have a UK partner.
  • The UK was the joint most-partnered country, alongside Germany, with European nations actively seeking UK project partners.
  • These UK organisations were awarded €3,880,819 in funding from Creative Europe to be involved in joint projects with other European organisations.
  • An increase of 25% on last year’s grants results. 
  • Cultural organisations in the UK remain engaged in forging partnerships, submitting the third highest number of applications to lead projects.

The results of this year’s funding call, which covered 41 European countries, show that UK cultural and heritage organisations continue to be viewed as valued partners by other European countries despite political uncertainties. The application success rate of UK beneficiaries was also higher than the European average.

Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture in England and Culture Advisor UK for Creative Europe Desk UK says:

“We are delighted that this evidence confirms that UK cultural and creative organisations remain one of the most involved across Europe. This demonstrates that their engagement is met with a strong commitment from European partners to respond to shared challenges. Despite uncertainties around Brexit, creative solidarity remains strong across UK and rest-of-Europe."

32 SUCCESSFUL ORGANISATIONS IN 2019

62% of awards went to organisations based outside of London and the UK has also achieved a better geographical distribution of funding this year. Funded partners include: The Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in Wales which are both part of Large cross-border projects; acta community theatre in Bristol; Newcastle-based artist organisation D6: Culture in Transit; and PRS Foundation continues to champion gender balance in the music industry through their ‘Keychange’ project.

Leicester-based cultural development agency ArtReach was awarded €1.3 million by Creative Europe to deliver a €2.6 million Europe-wide arts project LIBERTY aimed at engaging young people on issues of cultural identity.

David Hill, ArtReach Founding Director and Chairman says:

"ArtReach is delighted that our large-scale Cooperation Project, LIBERTY, will be supported by Creative Europe funding until 2022. European artistic collaboration has been a vital component of our development and delivery over the last five years, and with valued ongoing advice from Creative Europe Desk UK we are ambitious to make more great and stimulating art for UK and partner communities." 

Artsadmin, a producing organisation that also provides support and advice to artists across disciplines, were successfully awarded funding across two Cooperation Projects this year and have received funding previously.

Judith Knight, Director of Artsadmin says:

“We are now working on three Cooperation Projects, which enables Artsadmin to remain close to our artistic allies across Europe, produce exciting and relevant projects, and keep an outward facing focus to our work despite the anxieties about Brexit. This includes funding for Art Climate Transition, which allows us to continue to work with our long-standing partners across Europe on artists projects about the most important issue of our time – the climate crisis.”

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s Chief Executive said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded Creative Europe funding as the Lead Partner for the Buzz Network project.  The project will enable YTAS and its Members to showcase their skills and experience whilst gaining rich insights into diverse Youth Theatre practice from across the continent.

Full 2019 Cooperation Projects results are published on the EACEA website, and you can browse a list of the successful UK organisations below, by Large and Small projects.

ADVICE FOR APPLICANTS

The next funding call is expected to open in Autumn 2019.  You can read our tips and advice for the next round here, or come to one of our advice session events. Previosuly funded projects can be found here.

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Image: Courtesy of ArtReach - JOURNEYS Children of the Sea Explora, Rome 2017 by Sibomana

LARGE COOPORATION PROJECTS – UK BENEFICIARIES 2019

  • ARTREACH [Lead]
  • ARTSADMIN
  • CRAFTS COUNCIL
  • HUDDERSFIELD CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • MA MUSIC, LEISURE & TRAVEL LTD
  • NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC, YORK
  • PERFORMING RIGHT SOCIETY FOUNDATION
  • PILOT THEATRE LTD
  • SCOTTISH SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
  • THEATR GENEDLAETHOL CYMRU
  • UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF DERBY THEATRE LTD
  • UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
  • UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
  • UNIVERSITY OF YORK

SMALL COOPERATION PROJECTS – UK BENEFICIARIES 2019

  • A GREENER FESTIVAL
  • ACTA COMMUNITY THEATRE LTD [Lead]
  • CONTEMPORARY DANCE TRUST (THE PLACE) [Lead]
  • COVENTRY CITY OF CULTURE TRUST
  • CRAFTS COUNCIL
  • CURATED PLACE LTD [Lead]
  • D6 CULTURE LIMITED [Lead]
  • FULL OF NOISES [Lead]
  • LITERATURE ACROSS FRONTIERS AT UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID
  • OFF-CENTRE PRODUCTIONS LTD [Lead]
  • SKYWAY PROGRAMS C.I.C.
  • SOUNDCAMP
  • TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL LTD
  • THRESHOLD STUDIOS LTD [Lead]
  • TRANSFORM THEATRE PROJECTS [Lead]
  • UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN [Lead]
  • WALK THE PLANK [Lead]
  • YOUTH THEATRE ARTS SCOTLAND [Lead]