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i-Portunus, a new initiative under the Creative Europe programme

26/04/2019 - 07:54
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i-Portunus, a new initiative under the Creative Europe programme

i-Portunus is a project, selected and funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, to trial a mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals. It is managed by a consortium headed by the Goethe-Institut with Institut français, Izolyatsia and Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Between April and September 2019, i-Portunus will issue three Calls for Applications, providing support for 350-500 short-term (15-85 days), international mobilities of artists active in the fields of the performing or visual arts and residing in a Creative Europe country (see list opposite). These mobilities must have a specific and well-defined objective, such as to develop an international collaboration, to engage in a production-oriented residency or in professional development, to present work in another country or to develop projects with local communities in the destination country.

With projects like i-Portunus, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union will be conducting trials on how to best facilitate cross-border mobility for artists. This type of mobility will become a permanent Action under the Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027.

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Being a pilot mobility scheme i-Portunus is to assess the current State of the Art in terms of the mobility of artists and culture professionals, focusing on the different target groups. The mobility experts from On the Move delivered an operational study identifying:

  • What “mobility” means and hence, the types of mobility that are most in demand and the constraints to mobility for each sector;
  • What mobility schemes already exist for each sector, at all levels;
  • The gaps to be filled and the added value a European mobility scheme could contribute in filling these gaps, if any, in particular with respect to boosting creativity, exploring markets and developing careers;
  • If the potential for European added value is identified, then how the operational framework of the mobility scheme, as well as the communication around this scheme, should be designed so as to ensure that this added value is realised.

The study report will be available for download soon.

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