International Opportunities - July Round Up

Welcome to Creative Scotland’s new round-up of international opportunities and information!

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:


The (European) Tour Must Go On! Current insights on touring in Europe

Wednesday 11 August, 11 – 12.30pm, register for the event by joining Fringe Connect and signing up there. Join Arts Infopoint UK and internationally experienced producers and artists to discuss what has changed since the UK’s exit from the EU, and how UK professionals can prepare for future touring in Europe. Co-chaired by Marie Fol, President of On the Move, and Ania Obolewicz, Artsadmin, with panellists to be confirmed ahead of the event.

There’s also an excellent selection of other internationally-focused events as part of Fringe Connect – once you register with Fringe Connect you can sign up to them individually.

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

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 likeminded arts and creative professionals to share updates, talk through challenges, and identify best practice as we navigate the constantly shifting terrain of working internationally currently. First date is Tuesday 7 September - email to hear when sign-ups are announced.


Arctic Connections Fund

The Scottish Government has launched a new Arctic Connections fund to encourage cooperation and mutual learning between Scottish organisations and their Arctic partners.

Scotland-based organisations can apply for a minimum of £1,000 and maximum of £10,000. They will need to demonstrate in their application that they will use grant funding to partner with organisation(s) based in Arctic countries – Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland), Russia, United States and Canada. Deadline Friday 27 August 2021.

UK-Russia Creative Bridge call

The British Embassy in Moscow has launched an open call for UK and Russian cultural organisations to fund projects which aim to showcase contemporary UK arts to Russian audiences offline or online during the period of October 2021 – February 2022.

Arts institutions from across the UK and Russia are invited to apply who have a desire and the potential to realise international collaborations. There are 2 rounds of applications to allow for the summer period and differing levels of readiness of organisations to apply. Applications in both rounds will be reviewed according to the same criteria. Deadlines (Rounds 1 and 2): 2 August and 29 August.

The new Creative Europe programme has launched, including 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.

Scotland and the UK is not taking part in this new Creative Europe programme. However, within Cooperation Projects it is possible to be involved in the partnership which submits the application, to a lesser degree: as an ‘associated partner’, or ‘third party’, which may have responsibility for some activities and related costs ‘subcontracted’ to them. Before closing, Creative Europe Desk UK put together some guidance on how to be involved as a third party (please note that this guidance was created from the previous programme).

If interested, do speak to your European contacts and see if they are planning a proposal – remind them that it’s possible to be an associated partner, and be clear on what you’re bringing to the table in terms of skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities to show you’d be an attractive addition to a future proposal.

Sign up to Creative Europe Desk Ireland’s newsletter for regular summaries of Creative Europe developments in English.

Get prepared for the next I-Portunus Houses Call

Interested in hosting 2 to 5 artists or cultural professionals (any artform) from elsewhere in Europe to work together on collaborative projects? I-Portunus will be launching 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.

Call launches 23 August with a deadline 3 October 2021.

Translation Fund

Supporting publishers based outside of the UK to cover the translation of Scottish contemporary literature into other languages. Administered by Publishing Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland. Deadline 20 August.

International Policy

Post-Brexit working groups

UK Government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) currently convenes a Cultural Touring Working Group, complemented with several subgroups taking forward work on more specific issues relating to post-Brexit issues. The current membership includes UK sector bodies, and a separate meeting convened regularly by Arts Council England with UK sector bodies also has Scottish sector networks invited to this to keep networks briefed on developments, challenges and opportunities for joint solutions.

Current work being taken forward includes discussions on a Cultural Export Office; improving sector guidance on the UK Gov website; developing more accurate country guides; discussing scope for changes to specific incoming immigration routes for culture (Permitted Paid Engagements and Permit Free Festivals); and bilateral engagement of UK Government with Member States to improve the situation for the sector, either by clarifying information or discussing new solutions.

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.