ON THE BLOG: why you should apply for i-Portunus artist mobility funding

i-Portunus is a short-term pilot project from Creative Europe which provides funding to artists and creative professionals to support mobility and cross-border project collaboration in Performing or Visual Arts. The third and final call in 2019 closes 5 September,  with travel to begin by the end of 2019.

You can get funding to travel and work in a Creative Europe country for up to 60 days, as an individual or small group. The objectives touch upon topical themes within the arts and should be one of the following: International collaboration; production-oriented residencies; professional development; presentation or cultural change. 

In the recently-announced second call results, 4 UK-based artists were selected for funding.

We're also delighted that our new Creative Europe Desk UK Culture Coordinator (England) Sarah Boulter was successfully awarded i-Portunus funding in the first pilot call. She will travel to Germany to work on her visual arts project in October 2019. Here's what Sarah, who has a Masters in Contemporary Fine Art and experience as an arts project manager, says about this exciting cross-border mobility opportunity:

"I have been invited for a residency in Chemnitz, Germany this coming October. The city, formerly Karl Marx Stadt, is a twin of Manchester and the project is based on ideas of exchange and cooperation between people in these two cities with a shared industrial past and an uncertain future.

The aim is to work with local people and artists, to enter a long lasting relationship with the city and to explore specific issues such as the widely reported rise of the far right in Chemnitz & the significance of communal space in each city.

The i-Portunus mobility funding, with the support of Galerie Hinten and the Head of Cultural Affairs for Chemnitz, has allowed me to build on my practice which is rooted in my experience that cultural exchange is vital, exciting and unifying."

If you think this mobility funding opportunity is for you, the application deadline for the third round closes on Thurs 5 September 2019 at 12:00 Brussels time.

Read our guidance and apply now on the i-Portunus website.

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