Call for Applications: Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2018

Deadline: 25 April 2018

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2017, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) builds upon its support to cultural mobility over the past 2 decades by launching Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, a new fund that supports the movement of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries.

Through this 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.

Activities

Through this initiative, ASEF supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for participation in the following 7 types of activities:

  • Workshops or trainings
  • Conferences or forums
  • Festivals, biennales, or international exhibitions
  • Artists’ or writers’ residencies
  • Partner meeting/s to set up or maintain an existing partnership
  • Practice-led research
  • “Go and see” / short-term exploration / networking

Travel Regions & Grant Amounts

  • Currently, the selection criteria for Mobility First! prioritises cultural mobility from Asia to Europe; from Europe to Asia; and, within Asia. All travel must be international.
  • Successful applicants will be given up to a maximum of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 2,000 for travel from Asia to Europe or Europe to Asia.
  • Successful applicants will be given up to a maximum of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 1,000 for travel within Asia.
  • Additional funding is available for people with disabilities and special needs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals
    • Artists & cultural professionals from any artistic genre (such as visual arts, performing arts, film, heritage etc.) may apply. Applications focusing on contemporary artistic and cultural disciplines are encouraged.
    • Artists are defined as those directly involved in the production of artworks in any genre of the arts.
    • Cultural professionals are defined as others working in the field of arts & culture such as curators, arts writers (including critics), arts managers, researchers etc.
    • Applicants should be citizens of member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and seek support for travel within the ASEM region.
    • Applicants may seek travel support to participate in any of the 7 types of eligible activities listed above in the section on What types of activities are supported?
  • Organisations
    • Cultural organisations may apply to become ASEF’s partners; selected organisations will co-select individuals who will receive support to attend specific events organised by the partner (e.g. arts festivals, conferences).
    • Selected partner organisations are expected organise the event as well as provide selected persons with local contacts and context. For example, an arts organisation organising a photography festival may wish to apply to Mobility First! and together with ASEF, will co-select 4 photographers who will be given ASEF’s support to be present at the festival.
    • Cultural organisations that operate in any artistic or cultural genre may apply. Non-profit arts organisations will be prioritised.
    • Cultural organisations should be based in any of the ASEM member countries and operating in the ASEM region (nationally or bi-regionally)
    • Organisations should be applying for travel support for individuals to participate in any of the 7 types of eligible activities listed below in the section on What types of activities are supported?

How to Apply

Interested applicants should complete the online application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, the Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Viet Nam.

For more information, please visit Mobility First!

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