In January 2019, in consideration of the changing context within the European Union, the British Council / Creative Scotland Partnership launched an open call which sought to support projects aimed at strengthening or establishing new relationships and networks between the Scottish arts sector and European peers.

A total of 89 proposals were received and partners were delighted at such a response, seeing it as demonstrative of the strength of Scotland’s creative links with Europe and of the level of interest in forging new partnerships.  Just over £138,000 was committed to support 16 projects covering a range of art forms, a wide geographic spread in Scotland and collaborations with 15 European countries.  Full details of all the projects supported can be found here.

The grant recipients were brought together for a learning, sharing and peer support event at British Council Scotland in June 2019.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the partners to hear in more depth how projects had developed, and it became evident that two themes connected many of the projects taking place: equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practice and a focus on work with Nordic countries.

Project leads have since shared a wealth of rich material with us and we plan to use this to share some of these stories over the coming eight weeks, initially focusing on the theme of equalities, diversity and inclusion. 

We began with a focussed look at the Take Me Somewhere festival’s project which you can access via the link below.  This week we take an inside view of some of the outcomes and access challenges faced by Feral Arts in their collaboration with Oceanallover and partners in the Netherlands in the co-creation of an inclusive outdoor performance in Amersfoot, Netherlands in 2019.

Read our new blog post by Arts Officer, Gwen McLeod, here.

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