Nxt Creatives

University of Winchester

Cooperation Projects



Total project grant (euros)


Percentage of budget funded



Creative Europe



Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

1 May 2015 - 30 Apr 2018

Number of partners in project


Lead organisation

European League of Institutes of the Arts, Netherlands


University of Winchester, UK;

Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden;

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK;

Ecole Européenne Supérieure d'Arts de Bretagne, France;

Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC), Belgium;

Prix Europa, Germany;

InWest eG - Kreativwirtschaft, Germany;

University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland;

Art Academy of Latvia, Latvia;

University of Arts Belgrade, Serbia;

University of Arts Tirana, Albania;

FOAM, Photography Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands;

Westergasfabriekk, Netherlands;

Palazzo Spinelli Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro, Italy;

Design Creative Living Lab (DCC-L), Cité du Design Saint-Etienne, France;

Royal College of Arts, Innovation RCA, UK;

Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT, France;

Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, Finland;

University of Arts in Poznan, Poland

Nxt Creatives (formerly NE©XT Accelerator) aims to:

  • Create transnational entry routes into international careers for generations of talented emerging artists, enabling them to make a living from creative production;
  • Make cultural/creative incubators more entrepreneurial, innovative and transnational; Boosts transnational mobility and entrepreneurial learning opportunities for arts graduates, art educators and incubator leaders;
  • Celebrate cutting-edge artistic creation, transcending disciplines, genres, media and audiences; Connects young artists with cultural/creative players, sectors and businesses;
  • Promote national and European cultural and creative sectors as an engine of economic and social innovation. 

It makes the 3 editions of the NEU/NOW festival – showcasing the best work of recent art graduates – a major European cultural event. Collaboration with Prix Europa Berlin, Foam Photography Museum, Southbank London and Art Basel results in new arenas for NEU/NOW artists to show their work. It develops a Digital Support Interface, providing NEU/NOW alumni with unique opportunities to display work, drawing attention from international curators, directors, businesspeople and other cultural players. The Incubator Programme researches cultural/creative incubators, tests innovative models and initiates a Support Network, making incubating practices innovative and transnational. Recurring project themes: ‘international career training’, ‘innovative incubating’, ‘cultural entrepreneurship’, ‘new business models’, ‘access to finance and crowd funding and ‘new ways of looking at creativity and audiences’ are translated into training formats, building an attractive learning and exchange environment. The project is led by the European League of Institutes of the Arts - ELIA, together with European higher arts education organisations and partners from 14 countries, representing over 1,000 institutions and one million emerging artists. Key events will take place in Basel, Florence, Amsterdam and Brussels.

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