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 have used this to tell the stories of some of the projects over the past eight weeks, initially focusing on the theme of equalities, diversity and inclusion.
In this final blog in the series on projects embedding equalities, diversity and inclusion, Arts Officer, Gwen McLeod, shares some of the learning and outcomes of a research project led by Edinburgh based, Luke Pell, with partners in Germany and the Nordics. You can read the blog here. Links to earlier blogs in this series can be found below.
We will be sharing more stories on the Nordic-focused Scotland / Europe projects in coming weeks so do keep a watch on the website and British Council Scotland's social media pages.