International Opportunities - August Round Up

Welcome to the August edition of Creative Scotland’s round-up of international opportunities and information, put together by Kate Deans, Creative Scotland’s newly appointed International Officer.

Remember that our Creative Scotland Opportunities site is the main resource for events, workshops, funding calls and more, and you can filter by ‘International’ there.

In this blog, we cover:


Grab an online coffee at Arts Infopoint UK’s international artist mobility gatherings

Starting in September on the first Tuesday of every month at 9.30am, Arts Infopoint UK will be holding informal coffee mornings to bring together UK-based arts and creative professionals to share cross-border challenges, plans and ambitions, as we navigate the constantly shifting terrain of working internationally currently. Book your place on Eventbrite on any of the 2021 sessions.


Connections through culture UK-South East Asia Grants

This call from British Council East Asia is open until 5 September for collaboration between UK and Southeast Asia artists, cultural professionals and arts organisations. For more information, visit the British Council webpage.

Calling emerging international choreographers

Are you an emerging choreographer based in Europe looking for professional development?

Apply to become a Twenty22 artist with the opportunity to have your work presented at the Spring Forward festival in May 2022 in Elefsina (Greece), and also by many of our Aerowaves partners around Europe. This is an opportunity to develop professionally, reach new audiences and grow your network.

Deadline: Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 5 pm. More info on the Aerowaves website. Read Scottish artist Robbie Synge’s reflections on what makes a good Aerowaves application

Call now open: I-Portunus Houses

Interested in hosting 2 to 5 artists or cultural professionals (any artform) from elsewhere in Europe to work together on collaborative projects? I-Portunus has now launched its second ‘House’ call and the UK is still eligible (as it’s from funding from the previous Creative Europe programme). You can apply for ‘physical’ visits only, or a mix of physical and virtual visits, to create, connect, learn or explore.

Maybe you are an artist or cultural professional who would like to take part in a visit – it might be worth approaching potential hosts in other countries and see if they are planning an application and whether it is something you could be included in.

Deadline is 3 October 2021

Still open: Creative Europe Calls for Cooperation Projects, Networks and Platforms

The priorities of the new programme include: audiences, environment, social inclusion, internationalisation, and new technology, with sector specific calls in architecture, music, publishing and cultural heritage, as well as the useful calls which range across artforms, and creative, cultural and heritage sectors more widely.

Calls are now open with deadlines in September 2021. Read July’s update for more information, including the Scotland and the UK’s situation.

International Policy and research

Sector: Dancing Through Crisis report

Based on a questionnaire, a series of interviews and a panel discussion, Dancing Through Crisis has developed an overview of the impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 on the freelance dance sector of the UK, as well as a set of policy recommendations for the short- and medium-term future.

UKGov: Post-Brexit working groups

See our previous July update for a summary of the working groups and who is taking part in discussions.

UKGov: Northern Ireland Protocol: Next Steps

Details of the UK's proposed approach on the Protocol, which the UK government agreed together with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

EU: Culture Policy developments

The office of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, shares a monthly update on developments in her portfolio, including Culture. To view the latest one and sign up to future updates, visit the European Commission’s webpage.

Useful resources

And finally, here are some core sources of information on international working:

  • Creative Scotland’s EU Exit page
    Hosting an overview of key links, research and guidance relating to our post-Brexit landscape
  • On the Move
    On the Move has excellent overviews of international opportunities for mobility, as well as guides to various funding landscapes in different countries. Sign up to their newsletter to receive regular news and updates.
  • Arts Infopoint UK
    Creative Scotland partners in the Arts Infopoint UK pilot project, a joint initiative between the four nations’ arts councils, supported by Scottish Government and Welsh Government. Arts Infopoint UK seeks to provide clear and accurate practical information to international artists and creative practitioners coming to the UK. A full website is in development, but for now you can watch recordings from previous events on incoming and outgoing mobility.
  • Mobility Infopoint Network
    Arts Infopoint UK joins the network of Mobility Information Points, based in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, UK and USA, and in development in Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden. This network aims to tackle the administrative challenges artists and cultural professionals can face when working across borders.
  • Guide to touring across Europe for UK performing artists and companies
    This simple, practical guide supports and empowers UK-based individual artists and small companies working in theatre, dance and live art to continue to tour work across Europe. Commissioned by Arts Council England and produced by Artsadmin, 1927 and LIFT

Don’t forget that all events, workshops and funding opportunities can be found if you filter by ‘International’ on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities website.