2017 Cooperation Projects success: UK participation up 30%

35 creative, cultural and heritage organisations from across the UK are being awarded €3.2 million to work on collaborative projects with European partner organisations. 

In the 2017 results for Creative Europe’s Cooperation Projects, 30 of the 79 successful applications involve UK organisations. This means that the UK continues to be one of the most partnered countries in what is the principal funding opportunity in Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme. The results show a 30% increase in UK involvement compared to 2016. 

The UK success rate is higher than the average for large Cooperation Projects at 22% compared to 14% programme-wide, with small Cooperation Projects matching the average at 17%. 

The call for applications to this round of Cooperation Projects came after the EU referendum. The increase in UK involvement shows just how much of an appetite the UK sector still has for European cooperation, and how UK arts and culture organisations are still valued and sought after as partners. 

Large Cooperation Projects 

11 of the selected Large Cooperation Projects involve UK organisations: 10 as partners and one as a lead. 

Cambridge-based theatre organisation New International Encounter is leading on a Large Cooperation Project awarded €812,046, titled I Will Be Everything… with partners from Spain, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Austria. I Will Be Everything… is a theatre and participation project that asks children to imagine their future selves and future world. With young people as co-creators, the material generated through workshops in schools across Europe will lead to an immersive theatre show and exhibition touring each partner’s home venue and beyond.

Artistic Director of New International Encounter Alex Byrne said: “We are so excited to once again be funded by the Creative Europe programme. We will be co-creating work with partners in six other countries in a project that asks young people to imagine the future of their town, their life, their country and their continent!  It’s a really interesting time to ask those questions, and really important time to build connections in Europe even as the UK’s relationship to the EU changes.”

Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Royal Opera House are three of the partners in Opera Vision, led by Opera Europa and awarded €1,993,000. Building on the success of Creative Europe-supported The Opera Platform, it offers a free online curated season of European Opera in partnership with 30 theatres from 19 countries.

Small Cooperation Projects

Organisations from the UK are present in 19 of the selected 2017 Small Cooperation Projects. London-based PRS Foundation, for example, leads Keychange. Awarded €200,000, it is a new talent development initiative to empower networks of female artists and innovators to showcase and collaborate at music industry festivals. The project’s partners are in Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Sweden, Canada and the UK. 

Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive of PRS Foundation: “I’m delighted that we’ve succeeded as lead partner in our application to Creative Europe in spite of uncertainties posed by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. European and international collaboration is essential to the creative and business development of individual artists and the industry as a whole. Keychange’s focus on giving talented women access to international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for change. I’m proud to be working with such an impressive line-up of festivals and music organisations to realise this ambitious European project which is based on shared values and a joint commitment to shifting the status quo.” 

The next call for Cooperation Projects is expected in autumn 2017. We’re here to talk your project ideas through with you so get in touch, sign up to our newsletter, find out about our events and read about projects that have been previously funded.

Full list of UK organisations in 2017 Cooperation Projects

UK lead organisations

  • Quarantine 
  • ArtReach 
  • Crying Out Loud 
  • D&AD 
  • Performing Right Society Foundation (PRS Foundation) 
  • New International Encounter 
  • Abandon Normal Devices

UK partner organisations

  • Royal College of Art
  • Creative Skillset
  • Performing Arts Network & Development Agency - PANDA
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • Opera North
  • Royal Opera House
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Writing West Midlands 
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • OpenUp Music
  • University of Manchester
  • Lighthouse Arts & Training
  • Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Not Just a Label
  • Teeside University
  • Creative Kernow
  • Yorkshire Dance Centre Trust
  • Ironworks 
  • Kirklees Theatre Trust
  • Gravity & Levity
  • Writers' Centre Norwich
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Independent Arts Council
  • University of Sussex
  • Festival of Fools 
  • Furtherfield.org
  • Leeds Beckett University

Full results are published on the EACEA website

Images (clockwise from top left): Quarantine, Coming Going Marseille, credit: Ali Taptik; PRS Foundation, KeyChange project; Welsh Nation Opera La traviata - Myrto Papatanasiu (Violetta), credit: Bill Cooper; New International Encounter, Top Secret