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2020 Cooperation Projects Results: continued success for UK-European cultural partnerships despite Brexit uncertainty

Creative Europe, the EU’s funding programme to support creative and cultural sectors, has awarded €1.75 million in funding to 22 UK cultural organisations from across all four nations as part of its 2020 Cooperation Projects, despite the call for applications taking place during a period of Brexit uncertainty.

  • 22 UK organisations will benefit from €1,754,931 in for their involvement in 20 Cooperation Projects, joint cultural initiatives with European countries, ranging from performing arts to heritage and music. 
  • 78% of UK organisations receiving funding are based outside London, including projects in Leeds, Belfast, Edinburgh, and Swansea.
  • The UK’s application success rate of 46.5% is higher than the European average of 29.6%.
  • One in five of all 2020 funded projects has a UK partner.

This year’s funding call resulted in UK partnerships with 29 of the 40 other countries which take part in Creative Europe, demonstrating that UK cultural, creative and heritage organisations continue to value and be valued when it comes to collaboration with European counterparts.  

During the current Creative Europe programme from 2014-20, UK organisations have been awarded a total of €23,798,088 for Cooperation Projects activity.

22 SUCCESSFUL UK-WIDE ORGANISATIONS IN 2020

Funded partnerships include two innovative Small Cooperation Projects with Lead Partners from regional English organisations that received €391,390 between them. International Arts Partnership from Sussex leads ‘The Transmission’, engaging 200+ young people from across Europe to collaborate on creating audio dramas; SAFE Regeneration from the North West of England is leading ‘Collective Moves: Libertalia’, creating training and performances inspired by European pirate heritage.

Brian Dawe, CEO of SAFE Regeneration said:
“we’re really excited about working with an array of such talent artists and can’t wait to create shared experiences for our communities across Europe to enjoy. We feel quite privileged to be supported by Creative Europe to deliver this project at a time when we need something positive to celebrate”.

In Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David was awarded funding as a partner in two separate projects: the three-year Large Cooperation Project ‘Craft Hub’ with nine partners, including Craft Scotland; and Literature Across Frontiers at UWTSD, collaborating in a project to promote contemporary Arabic literature across Europe.

Dr Shelley Doolan, Senior Research Fellow at UWTSD, said of Craft Hub:
“this is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners, researchers and communities throughout Europe, exploring and celebrating the richness of craft – its heritage as well as contemporary innovation”.

Three organisations in Scotland will participate in Creative Europe projects for the first time. This includes Edinburgh Printmakers who will offer residencies for refugee and migrant artists at one of five print studios across Europe for the ‘Into the Margins’ project. 

Shân Edwards, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Printmakers said:
“we’re so excited to be able to work with this amazing partnership of studios across Europe. We’ve been working on the project for two years and it has never felt more important to ensure that artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds have a safe and supported space to share and make their work and share stories and cultures”.

Northern Ireland’s Urban Scale Interventions has been funded for the first time, as part of a Large Project exploring creative ways to make use of the underused 15-35% of Europe’s urban landscape: the roofscape. This is the first NI Cooperation Project to be funded since 2017.

Jak Spencer, Partner at Urban Scale Interventions said, "it's never been more important to have public spaces that can support healthy, social lives. Belfast has a rich and diverse urban landscape and this grant will help us to explore how our underutilised rooftops can be better used for social, cultural and climate activities whilst connecting us to other cultural cities across Europe".

The UK is not seeking to participate in the EU’s Creative Europe programme from 2021, making the 2020 Cooperation Projects the final round of Creative Europe funding that UK organisations were fully eligible to participate in. However UK organisations will still be able to join these cross border Cooperation Projects as Third Country ‘associate partners’, alongside countries such as Canada and Japan, from next year. See our guidance on the UK's Participation in Creative Europe for more information.

Full 2020 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.

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Image credits: Clockwise -  Edinburgh Printmakers - photo Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami, Centre for Dance Research Coventry, UWTSD - photo Amanda Roberts, Foreign Tongues, an IN SITU Pilot project, presented by Liquid Loft at Freedom Festival 2019, photo Tom Arran

LARGE COOPORATION PROJECTS – UK BENEFICIARIES & PROJECTS 2020

  • Clear Village Trustee Limited - Human Cities - Creative works with small and remote places
  • Craft Scotland Ltd - Craft Hub
  • Freedom Festival Arts Trust - (Un)Common Spaces
  • Magna Vitae - People Power Partnership
  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival- (Un)Common Spaces
  • Sadler's Wells Trust Limited - Dance On, Pass On, Dream On
  • Snape Maltings - enoa: Empowering Opera - breaking boundaries for institutions and artists
  • The British Council - Performing Gender - Dancing In Your Shoes
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David Royal Charter - Craft Hub
  • Urban Scale Interventions Ltd - European Creative Rooftop Network - R-EU-FTOP
  • Yorkshire Dance Centre Trust - performing Gender - Dancing In Your Shoes

SMALL COOPERATION PROJECTS – UK BENEFICIARIES & PROJECTS 2020

  • Artreach (Events) Ltd - AAA Accessible Art for All
  • Arts Services Grants Limited - Who Cares?
  • Coventry University - Vibes - Connected Dance
  • Edinburgh Printmakers Ltd - In From The Margins
  • Grizedale Arts - Confederacy of Villages
  • International Arts Partnership* - The Transmission
  • Lakes Arts Festival - Comics - A new language for Europe
  • Librairie LaPage UK Ltd - L'Europe des Librairies Independantes
  • (Literature Across Frontiers) University of Wales Trinity Saint David Royal Charter - Arabic Literature in European Languages
  • Puppet Animation Scotland - EU Contemporary Puppetry Critical Platform
  • Safe Regeneration Ltd* - Collective Moves: Libertalia lab and performance
  • University for the Creative Arts - Giving (Back) the Credit to the Heritage Communities

* Lead Partners