Liverpool Biennial, National Theatre of Wales and Scottish Ensemble among latest Creative Europe-funded Cooperation Projects

Creative Europe has awarded €2.1 million across 40 projects led by or featuring UK creative, cultural and heritage organisations in European collaborations for 2018. This includes €2 million to British Council's Europe Beyond Access fund.

This year saw a 14% rise in involvement of UK organisations in Cooperation Projects, even after 2017's increase. These include Ffotogallery Wales, Liverpool Biennial and Scottish Ensemble.

Ffotogallery Wales is being supported to lead Women’s Work– a 24-month collaborative programme with partners from Lithuania, Ireland and France.

Chief Executive Fraser Anderson, Scottish Ensemble, said: "Scottish Ensemble is thrilled to have been successful in our first Creative Europe application. Alongside our partners - Ensemble Resonanz (Germany), Trondheim Soloists (Norway) and the PLMF Music Trust (Estonia) - we aim to connect and celebrate innovative string ensembles and string music from across Europe, and to discover together new and accessible ways for diverse audiences to experience the power of our music-making."

The announcement came shortly before Creative Europe's fourth annual panel took place in 20 August bringing UK and international culture professionals together to discuss cross-European collaboration and the latest round of Cooperation Project funding. Recent recipients answered questions about their route to funding, including Ali Dunican, Executive Director Quarantine (Manchester) and Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Creative Ireland, Jenny Jamison, Chief Executive of Scottish Ensemble and Živilė Diawara, Director of Loftas.

The full list of organisations involved in funded projects are:

UK lead organisations

  • Boundless Theatre
  • British Council
  • Creative Carbon Scotland
  • Eclipse Theatre Company
  • Ffotogallery Wales 
  • Imaginate
  • Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art 
  • North Lands Creative Glass
  • Scottish Ensemble 
  • Take Art

UK partner organisations

  • Activate Performing Arts
  • The Albany
  • Artsadmin
  • The Audience Agency
  • Be Festival 
  • British Council
  • Colchester Mercury Theatre
  • Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch
  • Dance4
  • Dialogue Community Performance
  • Fablevision
  • Fabrica
  • Gwyn Emberton Dance
  • Leith Theatre Trust
  • Matter Organisation
  • Musical Futures
  • National Theatre of Wales
  • New Vortex Jazz Club
  • Parrabbola 
  • Performances Birmingham
  • Polka Childrens Theatre 
  • Raw Material Music and Media Education
  • Shubbak A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture
  • The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland
  • The Seachange Trust
  • Un-Convention Hub
  • Upstart Theatre 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

The next round of Creative Europe Cooperative Projects funding is expected to be opened in autumn 2018. Check the Creative Europe website for more information.

Scottish Ensemble and Anna Meredith / Image: Hugh Carswell


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