International Opportunities - January Round Up

Welcome to 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

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 1 January, 9.30 – 10.30 – book your place now on any of first few 2022 sessions on Eventbrite.

Save the Date for IETM Focus Brussels

IETM, the international performing arts network, will be holding a new meeting format which will offer a transnational setting for networking, and innovative space for reflection, debate and brainstorm.

Following on from our highly successful Rewiring the Network project, IETM Focus will serve as a thorough engagement exercise and a place for designing collective strategies and setting common goals. The first IETM Focus will happen in Brussels, Belgium, on 7-8 April 2022, around the theme Inclusion, Equality and Fairness. More information will be provided soon, so for now this is a save the date!


Four nations international fund

On 27 January the decisions from the Four nations international fund were announced.

Find out more about the 82 UK and 48 international partners that make up the list.

Apply to join the Permit-Free Festival list

Deadline 31 January 2022. The Permit Free Festival List is a list of festivals and events that have been recognised by the Home Office as contributing to the cultural heritage of the UK.

Qualifying festivals and events will have been established for at least 3 years, have had an audience of at least 15,000 at each of the last 3 festivals and expect to have an audience of at least 15,000 during the course of the next event. You can find a handy summary on the Richmond Chambers website, including the list of who is currently accredited, with links through to the official UKGov webpages too.

Watch this space: next Creative Europe Call for Cooperation Projects

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. The call is expected to open at the beginning of February quite a short turnaround. Read July’s update for more information about the new programme, including the Scotland and the UK’s situation. Keep your eyes peeled on the European Commission’s page!

International Policy and Resources

Sector: Time To Act report launched

Launched in December by Creative Europe project Europe Beyond Access and spanning 42 countries, this report looks at how lack of knowledge in the creative and cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences to participating in European culture. Read more on Disability Arts International’s website.

Sector: 19 Projects to Reimagine International Touring

The final Perform Europe projects have been selected! Aimed to test innovative, more inclusive and sustainable, performing arts touring and distribution models, these projects are composed of a balanced and diverse group of 11 accomplished performing arts professionals. These strong artistic projects (opens a PDF) come from all corners of the Creative Europe region and the UK, from Cyprus to Finland, from Ireland to Serbia, from Portugal to Ukraine.

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!

UKGov: Refreshed guidance for artists coming into the UK

Focused more on non-visa nationals (such as EU citizens, as well as a number of other countries including USA and Australia, for example), UK Government has developed some further guidance for artists coming into the UK. Creative Scotland as part of Arts Infopoint UK continues to flag issues of clarity and gaps in information and your feedback on this guidance is always gratefully received.

UKGov: EU-UK Trade Agreement updates

We received the following updates from DCMS on EU-UK developments.

The introduction of full customs controls on 1 January 2022

  • Full custom controls are now in place.
  • EU based businesses have new rules to follow when moving goods to Great Britain (England, Scotland or Wales).
  • There are different rules in place for moving goods between the EU and Northern Ireland.
  • You can read a further summary of the changes came into force on 1 January 2022 for imports from the EU (except Ireland) to Great Britain in this document from the HMRC (opens a PDF).

Travel to the UK from another country – Each nation sets its own travel policy, with guidance for Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

UKGov: Post-Brexit working groups

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

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
  • 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.

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

This article was published on 26 Jan 2022