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Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) – successful Creative Europe bid

Partners: Create-Ireland (coordinating partner) Agora Collective , hablarenarte:, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Live Art Development Agency, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, M-Cult and Tate Liverpool.

Create is delighted to announce its success in its collaborative bid with European partner organisations in securing a European Co-operation Project award under the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-Programme) 2014-2018.

The ambitious joint proposal with arts organisations in the UK, Hungary, Spain, Finland and Germany marks a first for an Irish arts organisation, in that it is the largest funding amount from European cultural funds for a project led by an Irish cultural organisation. The proposal to establish a Europe wide partnership to enhance professional opportunities and training for collaborative artists received excellent feedback results from the Creative Europe Culture sub programme Evaluation Committee panel.

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) will initiate an ambitious transnational programme to be delivered over a period of 46 months. The different strands of the work programme will cumulatively build skills and competences and offer professional development opportunities for artists through a series of workshops, artist residencies, arts commissions, presentations and a final cultural showcase to be held in 2017. At the heart of the proposal is a cherished goal to improve and open up opportunities for collaborative artists, and enhance their European mobility.

In addition one of the main aims of CAPP will be to engage with EU cultural sector, policy makers, academics, cross-sector partners, communities and audiences in the partner countries and beyond in order to facilitate knowledge exchange and cultural policy development. CAPP will support the networking of artists in order to increase their mobility to avail of new opportunities and generate new social, democratic models through expanded understanding of collaborative practices.

Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:

"I’d like to congratulate Create on this achievement which required hard work and effort; it’s a great example of how a collaborative approach can deliver positive results. Create's achievement will benefit the arts participation sector and the Irish arts sector in general."

Orlaith McBride, Director, Arts Council added:

“The Arts Council congratulates Create on its recent award under the EU Creative Europe Programme. This is a huge milestone for Collaborative Arts practice in Ireland and on the International stage, and we look to the delivery of a programme of professional development, residencies, commissions and exchanges.

“Create’s award marks the first time since 2007 that an Irish organisation has been a lead on a large scale cooperation project. An award of this scale represents an enormous achievement and it demonstrates how the work of Create is being recognised in such a highly competitive European funding environment. We believe that this result is indicative of the Irish arts sector's growing engagement with cultural partnerships and opportunities in Europe.”

Patrick Fox, Project Leader for CAPP, Create said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working on this very exciting cross European partnership initiative which will bring Irish artists in the collaborative arena to the attention of many European arts organisations, enhancing Irish artists European mobility and opening up new opportunities for them. We are also delighted by the acknowledgement from the Creative Europe programme of the relevance and significance of the project proposal to the broader EU cultural sector.”

Details for Creative Europe successful applications at:

Partner websites

Agora Collective (Germany)

Create (Ireland)

hablarenarte: (Spain)

Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Germany)

Live Art Development Agency (UK)

Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art (Hungary)

M-Cult (Finland)

Tate Liverpool (UK)

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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