Are you an artist or cultural professional seeking funding for international travel to attend a conference, residency or training?
In the area of arts & culture, cultural mobility is referred to as “the temporary cross-border movement of artists and other cultural professionals. Certain forms of mobility relate to the individual (e.g. networking, residencies etc.); others are intrinsically connected to the mobility of works or performances in another country. (…) Mobility is not only understood as occasional movements across national borders that may be useful to gain professional experience required for career advancement, as well as advance artistic endeavour, but more as an integral part of the regular work life of artists and other cultural professionals.” (From Ericarts, Mobility Matters, 2008)
In recognising how integral mobility is for artists and cultural professionals, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launches Mobility First! Through this new initiative, ASEF supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for cross-border activities that include participation in events, networking, research and collaborative meetings. Mobility support is provided to selected individuals for travel from Asia to Europe, Europe to Asia & within Asia.
Mobility First! is launched to commemorate ASEF’s 20th anniversary in 2017 and builds on ASEF’s support to mobility over the last 20 years, including signing posting relevant mobility information through our Mobility Funding Guides & funding and facilitating 2 meetings (2015, Greece; 2013, Czech Republic) among funding and granting organisations working on cultural mobility issues, among others.
Applications from artists, cultural professionals & arts organisations are welcome. All applicants must ensure that the activity/event will commence at least 10 weeks after the application is submitted.
ASEF will be announcing a total of up to 10 selected artists, cultural professionals, & organisations every first week of the month from May until October 2017 (6 rounds).
The deadline for 2017 applications is 15 September 2017.