With a budget of €1 million, i-Portunus, was a pilot project under the Creative Europe programme that funded 337 individuals in the performing and visual arts to go abroad and make their career more international, improve their skills and broaden their networks.
The report Artists Abroad: i-Portunus the EU’s First Mobility Scheme for Culture confirms that this artist mobility project was a success in terms of the number of applicants and the feedback from participants.
In 2019, there were six successful Irish recipients who travelled to Germany, Denmark, Serbia and Portugal working in the cultural practice areas of Visual Arts, Children’s Theatre and Dance.
Based on testimonials from the participants, i-Portunus resonated most with young and emerging artists. Almost half of the participants were below 35 with 85% earning an income below €15,000.
With grants ranging from €1,500 to €3,000, each beneficiary availed of mobility visits ranging between 15 to 85 days abroad. As a result of their experience:
- 97% said they acquired new skills
- 94% developed new audiences or outlets for their work
- 94% developed new co-productions or co-creations
- 49% received a job offer or new contract
With 76% of artists saying they would not change anything in the scheme, this project can be considered a success. However, the next two projects planned for 2020 and 2021 will seek to improve the scheme and expand the scope to cover all cultural sectors (other than audio-visual).
ARTIST MOBILITY GRANTS TO CONTINUE IN 2021 - 2027 PROGRAMME
The artist mobility scheme will be incorporated into the new Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) with increased funding. Taking into consideration the reality of the restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, a blended mobility experience may be appropriate and the exact modalities will be defined before the next call is launched. Download the full report here.