2018 Cooperation Projects: UK participation sees another annual rise

  • 40 awards totalling €2.1 million made to creative, cultural and heritage organisations from across the UK for collaborative projects with European partner organisations
  • Funded projects celebrated their success on Twitter with the hashtag #CooperationProjects

The 2018 results for Creative Europe’s Cooperation Projects have been announced with 40 awards to UK lead and partner organisations in European projects. Overall, 37 of the 101 selected projects involve the UK, which 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 14% rise in UK involvement compared to 2017, marking another year-on-year increase.

Small Cooperation Projects

30 awards have been made to organisations for Small Cooperation Projects: 20 partners and ten as leads. Somerset-based performance and participation company Take Art, for example, leads Supporting & Promoting Arts in Rural Settlements of Europe (SPARSE). Awarded €199,887, it brings together partners from Estonia, Italy, Lithuania and Spain to foster rural touring.

Take Art Executive Director Ralph Lister said: “The partners are so excited about developing a rural touring network in different parts of Europe; it is a ‘first’ and a recognition of the need in rural areas and the project, SPARSE, will provide the precious resource to network and familiarise ourselves with each other and tap a latent demand in both audiences and artists.”

Scotland-based organisations have seen a notable surge in successful applications, including Scottish Ensemble, whose Chief Executive Fraser Anderson said: "Scottish Ensemble is thrilled to have been successful in our first Creative Europe application. Alongside our partners - Ensemble Resonanz (Germany), Trondheim Soloists (Norway) and the PLMF Music Trust (Estonia) - we aim to connect and celebrate innovative string ensembles and string music from across Europe, and to discover together new and accessible ways for diverse audiences to experience the power of our music-making."

Scotland's Imaginate was once again awarded Creative Europe funding to lead PUSH+, with the addition of a new associated partner: Bangkok International Children's Theatre Festival (Thailand). Imaginate's Fiona Ferguson said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Creative Europe funding for the second time allowing us to continue the work we have been doing around important topics in theatre and dance for young audiences.”

Ffotogallery Wales is being supported to lead Women’s Work – a 24-month collaborative programme with partners from Lithuania, Ireland and France.

Large Cooperation Projects 

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

Cultural relations and educational opportunities organisation the British Council is being supported with €2 million in funding to lead Large Cooperation Project Europe Beyond Access. This four-year programme brings disabled performing artists into the mainstream of the European cultural scene.

UK-based global music network and development agency Un-Convention Hub is a partner in European Music Market Accelerator. Working with partners from six other European countries, the project has been awarded €1.5 million to create a network of professionals from different areas of the music sector to boost lifelong training and innovative business models.

Full list of UK organisations in 2018 Cooperation Projects

UK lead organisations

  • Boundless Theatre
  • British Council
  • Creative Carbon Scotland
  • Eclipse Theatre Company
  • Ffotogallery Wales 
  • Imaginate
  • Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art 
  • North Lands Creative Glass
  • Scottish Ensemble 
  • Take Art 
  • Literature Across Frontiers at University of Wales Trinity Saint David 

UK partner organisations

  • Activate Performing Arts
  • The Albany
  • Artsadmin
  • The Audience Agency
  • Be Festival 
  • British Council
  • Colchester Mercury Theatre
  • Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch
  • Dance4
  • Dialogue Community Performance
  • Fablevision
  • Fabrica
  • Gwyn Emberton Dance
  • Leith Theatre Trust
  • Matter Organisation
  • Musical Futures
  • National Theatre of Wales
  • New Vortex Jazz Club
  • Parrabbola 
  • Performances Birmingham
  • Polka Childrens Theatre 
  • Raw Material Music and Media Education
  • Shubbak A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture
  • The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland
  • The Seachange Trust
  • Un-Convention Hub
  • Upstart Theatre 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

Full results are published on the EACEA website. 

Advice for applicants

The next call for Cooperation Projects is expected in autumn 2018. 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.

Creative Europe Desk UK's advice for UK lead and partner organisations and other European partners is to continue applications as normal for forthcoming Creative Europe calls. See our Brexit update.

Image: Scottish Ensemble and Anna Meredith. Credit: Hugh Carswell 2016