Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme


Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme
Resort Residency 2016, as part of CAPP. Image: Salt, Selina Thompson (2015). Photo: Richard Davenport.

"CAPP - supporting the development of collaborative arts across Europe"

About the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) was an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts (2014-2018. The overall goal of CAPP was to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe, by enhancing mobility and exchange whilst at the same time engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices. The different strands of the CAPP programme consisted of national and international professional development opportunities, artist residencies, commissioned works, public presentations and debates, and major showcases. Throughout the partner communities CAPP provided creative spaces with the potential to bring out new conversations, meaningful relationships and transformative forms of collaborative engagement. In addition, the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme engageed with policy makers, academics, cross-sector partners and diverse communities in the partner countries with a view to facilitating knowledge exchange, dynamic arts programming and cultural policy development. This innovative four year programme sought to develop new audiences by extending participation in the arts across Europe. Year One was dedicated to Professional Development for artists; Year Two, Artist Residency opportunities. Year Three was dedicated to Commissioning New Work. Year Four focused on a Touring showcase and presentation of work.

Supported by Creative Europe (Culture Sub-Programme) Support for European Co-operation Projects Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency

Partners: Create: Ireland (coordinating lead partner) Agora Collective: Berlin, hablarenarte: Madrid, Heart of Glass: St Helens, Kunsthalle Osnabrück,: Osnabrück, Live Art Development Agency: London, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art: Budapest, M-Cult: Helsinki, and Tate: Liverpool.

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In 2013 Create initiated the European Learning Network (ELN) in partnership with Dublin City Arts Office, Tate Liverpool, Live Art Development Agency in the UK and M-Cult in Finland. This pilot initiative was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s EU Presidency Local Partnership funds. The ELN partnership set out to explore the evolving professional development needs of collaborative artists with a view to responding to those needs on a European level. The project embarked on an action research phase which culminated in a one-day sectoral gathering in Dublin to examine and identify the professional development needs of collaborative artists. This international gathering was attended by over a hundred practitioners with many more contributing to the research virtually. ELN’s findings pointed to the need and opportunity for a larger more ambitious project which would expand the existing partner network and set out to support collaborative artists working in Europe.

In 2014 Create as lead partner, together with Tate Liverpool, Live Art Development Agency, m-cult, hablarenarte, Agora, Kunsthalle Osnabrück and Ludwig Múzeum, made a successful bid to Creative Europe. The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) established an eight partner network across Ireland, the UK, Finland, Spain, Germany and Hungary. This ambitious proposal to enhance professional opportunities and training for collaborative artists received excellent feedback results from the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme Evaluation Committee. At the time, Create was the first Irish arts organisation to lead a successful consortium bid and the CAPP project also represented the largest Creative Europe award achieved by an Irish arts organisation. In 2016, Heart of Glass in the UK joined as the ninth partner.


CAPP Network website