International Opportunities - September Round Up

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

International Opportunities September Round Up

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:


Webinar on artist mobility from the EU to the UK

If you’re someone who works with international artists, you may be interested in Arts Infopoint UK’s upcoming session with immigration solicitors.

On Wednesday 29 September at 2pm BST, the webinar will explore different routes into the UK for short term work, engagements and other opportunities, and feature insights from arts professionals experienced in navigating these rules.

Book your free place on Eventbrite and do share with your European contacts.

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

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.

The next date is Tuesday 5 October, 9.30 – 10.30 – book your place on Eventbrite now on any of the 2021 sessions.

European Dancehouse Network hosts a third Post-Brexit webinar the dance sector

Following on from “new administrative processes” and “stories from the ground” webinars, on 20 October, EDN in partnership with Arts Infopoint UK hosts a third and final webinar on the Impact of Brexit on the Dance Sector throughout Europe, hearing from five case studies. Come and discuss with other European dance stakeholders and be part of ensuring continuity of artistic cross-border relationships.

To register and for more information and access to a recording of the first webinar and materials, visit the European Dancehouse Network webpage.


Still open: I-Portunus Houses

Interested in hosting between two and five 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.

The 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 - visit the European Commission website for details.

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.

Sector: “The Space in Between”: Fresh Streets #4

The European network for circus arts, Circostrada, publish a summary from the most recent International Seminar for the Development of Street Arts. This publication investigates the key role that creation in the public space might hold for community cohesion and the well-being of citizens.

Download on the Circostrada website!

Scotland: Join in with Our Creative Voice

Creative Scotland, in collaboration with people and organisations from across the culture sector in Scotland, and with the support of Scottish Government, launches a new initiative aimed at promoting the value that art and creativity contributes to all our lives.

With a dedicated website at its centre, Our Creative Voice is a new platform for demonstrating the tangible benefits that art and creativity contribute to our lives.

Several case studies, such as North Lands Creative, show the way in which international working can weave into and enrich local activity, and be sure to share your own stories too!

Scotland: Inquiry into Scottish Government’s international work

The scope of the inquiry, undertaken by the Committee for Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture, is looking at Scottish Government’s international work as a whole, rather than culture specifically. One of the questions asks what principles should inform Scottish Government’s international engagement, including cultural / ‘soft power’ priorities.

Read more about the inquiry on the Scottish Parliament website, and an overview of Scottish Government’s framework, strategy and approach to External Affairs (from August 2021).

UK: House of Lords evidence session with industry experts on post-Brexit touring

The House of Lords European Affairs Committee held a one-off evidence session with industry experts on the movement of creative professionals between the UK and EU after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, featuring speakers from the BBC, LIVE Touring Group and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

Watch the recording of the meeting on the UK Parliament website.

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.

US: easement of COVID travel restrictions expected in early November

The Biden/Harris administration has announced that it will ease travel restrictions to the U.S. in “early November” - no specific date has been announced yet, but you can read the announcement in this article.

The new rules will allow vaccinated foreign nationals to travel, provided they can show proof of being fully vaccinated, take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within three days of their flight, and show proof of a negative result before boarding. This forthcoming policy will likely replace the current need for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for most fully vaccinated travelers from the UK, Ireland, Schengen Area, China, Brazil, Iran, South Africa, and India. Read more on the website of Tamizdat, the mobility info point for the US.

Four nations international fund announced

We’re excited to announce a new pilot Four nations international fund which will open for applications on Thursday 21 October. Creative Scotland is leading on the administration of this fund, co-financed by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Wales / Wales Arts International. We expect to make 20 – 30 awards for this pilot fund across the four nations. Open to individuals and organisations, applications can be for £1000 - £5000 (plus access costs on top of this) for in-person, digital or hybrid activity including exchanges, residencies, partnership development, co-creation and networking, with priority given to applications trying out new ways of international collaboration. Applications must have at least one partner from another of the four nations in addition to at least one international partner. We’re aiming to publish guidance about a week ahead of the call opening.

Applying for exemption from self-isolation requirements

Following swiftly on from Arts Council England’s own announcement, well-established and recognised Scottish producing or venues (such as a theatre or a theatre company, a concert hall, grassroots music venue or an orchestra, a recording studio, dance studio or dance company) can apply for an exemption to self-isolation requirements on behalf of a domestic or international artist or cultural professional who is coming in Scotland to work on specific performing arts activity with that producer. All applicants must submit the required documentation to Arts Council England, who is managing this process in consultation with Creative Scotland, and you can read more guidance, additional Scottish Government guidance, and who to contact on our website.

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.