News about mobility opportunities in Europe and worldwide.

We’re collecting stories of artists and cultural operators based in non-EU countries and having experienced problems to get a visa to enter the EU. Share your story – and spread the word! Your input will have a practical result: help cultural organisations understand how to help artists and what to ask EU and national policy-makers.

We also invite you to have a tour in our revised Library section. Whether you’re an artist, a policy-maker or a researcher, you can now find more easily the guides, documents and resources we collect – and produce – about cultural mobility.

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OTM news

Artists' mobility and visas: share your story!

On the Move is exploring how cultural organisations supporting mobility can help non-EU artists overcome the difficulties they encounter when willing to enter the EU, and which message could be conveyed to the policy makers at the EU and national level to take into account the specific needs of artists and operators active across borders. Reply to our questionnaire and help us collect real stories about concrete obstacles to mobility related to visas! We welcome your responses until 15 October.

OTM curating Culture360 – Arts and environment

In August 2012 the On the Move team presented a new exciting curatorial journey of the website, dedicated to "arts and the envionment". Have a good reading!

Engage in policy

Think Tank Young Professional Development Program

Open Society Institue's Think Tank Young Professional Development Program intends to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to selected think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, giving them an opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience at a renowned think tank in the region. The call is open until 1 October.

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts & Culture

The Open Society Arts and Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grant program, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered. Eligible projects aim to draw on the power of culture to help build open societies in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Moldova, Mongolia, and Turkey. The grants cover travel costs. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2012.

Raise Funding

Guide to Funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in Asia

Initiated by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its online, these 20 mobility funding guides are a concrete output of the mapping of funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in 18 countries in Asia. Apart from the mobility funding guides focused on the respective 18 Asian ASEM countries, you can also find two additional guides, one focused on Asia and another one on funding opportunities open to any nationality.

Roberto Cimetta Fund – Call for travel grant applications – Regione Puglia – Mediterranean

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the fourth 2012 open call for travel grants, open thanks to the support of the Regione Puglia in Italy; artists and cultural operators from the Region of Puglia are eligible for this Fund as well as artists or cultural operators from the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean regions travelling to the Region of Puglia. The call is open between September, 1st and September, 30th.

Funding for cooperation projects between Sweden and other countries

The Swedish Arts Council and Sida launch a call for applications for cooperation between cultural operators in Sweden and partners in Botswana, China, India, Indonesia, Namibia and South Africa. The Swedish organisation is submitting the application and is responsible for reporting its use if the application is granted. Travel costs are among the eligible costs under this call. Deadline for application: 10 October.

Getty scholar grants for researchers (Los Angeles, USA)

Getty Scholar grants are for established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue their own proj
ects free from academic obligations. The grant cover among others an airfare to and from Los Angeles. Deadline for applications: 1 November.

Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Program

The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between Asia, the United States and amongst Asian countries. Applications are accepted from individuals and institutions. The grant program covers all the visual and performing arts, both contemporary and traditional. Deadline: 1 November.

PAJ for Europe – Japan Foundation Europe Performing Arts grant programme 2013-14

The Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) programme for Europe supports European organisations (festivals, theatres, arts promotion companies…) planning Japan-related performing arts projects in European countries taking place between 1st April 2013 and 30th June 2014. The programme covers two categories of applications: touring grants and collaboration/co-production grants. Find all the details and apply by 2 November. 

React to a call

Call for a creation residence and coproduction for contemporary circus – La Central del Circ and Antic Teatre

La Central del Circ and Antic Teatre have joined forces for this call in order to carry out their common aim of promoting contemporary performance creation. La Central del Circ will provide use of their installations in addition to financial contribution towards a creation residency. Antic Teatre will also provide use of their installations to the same artists in residence and make a financial contribution towards co-production. Travel costs (among others) are covered. Deadline for applications: 1 October.

Plesni Teater Ljubljana announces an open call for the selection of a choreographic debut

Plesni Teater Ljubljana is announcing an open call for the selection of a Choreographic Debut PTL for the period between 2013 – 2015. Plesni Teater Ljubljana (PTL) will enable the realization of at least one Choreographic Debut each year. PTL will ensure leadership/ mentorship of a skilled choreographer, production and presentation of professional standard on the stage of Plesni Teater Ljubljana/ PTL/ Dance Theatre Ljubljana. All professional dancers who haven't yet realized an autonomous creation can apply to the Open Call. Deadline: 10 October.

I.F. O.N.L.Y. – Ireland – Call for artists

I.F. O.N.L.Y./ International Festival of a Necessarily Lonely You calls local, national and international artists to participate in the upcoming Mamuska, Birr, Co.Offaly on Saturday 24th of November at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre. This is a unique occasion to present and view evolving works, raw ideas, unrehearsed visions, trials and errors, short masterpieces, playful nonsense, first steps… all in the context of an informal environment where like minded people meet and receive feedback from the audience. Be a part of it! Travel within Ireland will be reimbursed. Deadline: 12 October.

Sortir de l’écran / Spoken Screen: Production and dissemination support program, call for projects

Agence TOPO, a Montreal-based artist-run centre for new media, launches a new call for projects for its series Sortir de l’écran / Spoken Screen. This program presents (hyper)media works that incorporate a performative aspect and which explore the links between the screen and the off-screen space. The selected artists and projects will benefit from technical support for a period of 4 to 8 weeks within a residency program. Deadline: 15 October.

Call for playwrights at hotINK at the Lark – New York

hotINK at the Lark will present work by six playwrights from outside the United States in readings at the Lark Play Development Center, New York, in April 2013. Each play will be presented once, following a two-day workshop/rehearsal with a distinguished director and actors from the New York theater community. In addition, special events are planned for visiting playwrights and translators. Travel to NYC for hotINK at the Lark, as well as accommodations for selected playwrights will be provided by the Lark Play Development Center. Deadline for submission: 15 October.

Future Nostalgia – call for artistic proposals

The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and the Migros Culture Percentage are looking for projects that question, propose or provoke FUTURE NOSTALGIA, in the form of experimental and stimulating interventions, performances, installations or actions. Selected proposals will be further developed during a residency in Fribourg, in collaboration with specialists from different fields. Deadline for sending proposals: 15 October.

MARCO/FRAC Lorraine Award for young curators 2012

This award gives participants the opprtunity to submit a topic of research and reflection which is of personal interest, and the possibility to bring it to fruition in the exhibition venues at MARCO (first-floor gallery) and at FRAC Lorraine. All curators born in 1972 and later are eligible to enter the competition. Entries must be previously unpublished and must provide for the participation of two or more artists. The curator of the winning project will receive an honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses. Deadline for application: 19 October.

MONSTRA 2013 – Call for Entries for Feature Films, Student Films and Super-Short Films

The 12th Edition of MONSTRA – Lisbon Animated Film Festival will take place from 7th to 17th March 2013. MONSTRA is a festival where experimentation/research, crossing over new artistic approaches, forms and proposals takes place. A call for films is open until 30 October. The Festival will insure accommodation costs for 3 days and accreditation to one Director for each film selected for the Competition.

The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University for writers, performing and visual artists

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and other artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2013–2014 academic year. Hodder Fellows may b
e writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance". Deadline: 1 November.

Akbank Sanat international curator competition

Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition is intended to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art. The winning curator is given opportunities to release the proposal as an exhibition that will run from February to April 2013 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul. Travelling expenses of the curator/s and artists, among others, will be covered. Curators under the age of 40 are eligible to apply to the competition. There is no condition of residency or citizenship. Deadline: 5 November.

Get training

Call for Submission: VISIO European Workshop on Artists' Cinema

VISIO consists of a series of seminars and meetings dedicated to expanding the vision and themes of artists who use cinema in their artistic practice. VISIO intends to favour the development of a European network of young artists and professionals who work with moving images, promoting encounters and international mobility. A workshop will be held in Florence (Italy) in November 2012 and applications are open until 1 October.

La Fabrique européenne des traducteurs

La Fabrique européenne des traducteurs organises translation workshops for translators between Dutch, French, Arabic, Greek and Turkish. The workshops take place in the form of 9 weeks residencies in different countries and there are different deadlines between October 2012 and April 2014.

3 years employment-based training in professional mosaic at Spier Arts Academy – Cape Town

The Spier Arts Academy offers employment-based training in professional mosaic. Apply now for 2013. Based in Cape Town’s Innovation District – the Fringe – this three year, full-time apprenticeship focuses on mosaic art and includes tuition in drawing, art history and business skills. The Academy welcomes school leavers who are eager to start their creative careers, as well as more experienced candidates with a creative background wanting to broaden their artistic skillset. Application deadline: 1 October.

The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in cultural journalism

The New Journalism Foundation -FNPI-, created by García Márquez himself in the city of Cartagena de Indias, and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia have joined forces to create an international program of training and creation in which reporters from different parts of the world will have the opportunity to expand their range in cultural journalism and to explore and recount, in Spanish and in English, the stories of Colombian Caribbean culture, which mix the richness of the traditional and the popular with the latest in literature, music and visual arts. Travel costs among others are covered. Deadline for applications: 2 October.

Reporting change. Investigating and documenting transition in the Middle East and North Africa. Workshop for photojournalists

The project Reporting Change will run between 2012 and 2014, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch aim to report on and support democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. The workshops are open for photojournalists from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia. The workshops are a free training opportunity. World Press Photo will cover all expenses (including travels) for the participants. Deadline: 15 October.

The Strategic Arts Management Master Class – Rovereto (Italy), 12-14 October

The Strategic Arts Management Master Class (from November, 9th to 11th in Rovereto, Italy) offers a new approach to the management of arts and cultural projects and organisations through the assessment of subjects such as entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, and sustainability, as well as by means of critical thinking on the topics in relation to the wider social, political and economic contexts. The combination of background and experience diversity and passion ensures that discussions provide new angles and perspectives for all participants. Deadline for registration: 2 November.

Discover a residency

Residency opportunities (various disciplines): Centre international d'art et du paysage, Vassiviere island, Limousin region, France

The Centre international d’art et du paysage is launching a new programme of artists' residencies in the Castle on Vassivière Island (Limousin Region – France). The artist residency programme is open to artists, writers and researchers of any nationality. There is no age limit, but applicants must have completed their training. Residencies are available for writers and artists from different disciplines (not visual arts). The Art Centre covers, among others, the cost of one return trip between the resident's home and Vassivière Island. Deadline for applications: 4 October.

UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Programme offers bursaries for 2013 in the following fields: Creative Writing, Music and Visual Arts. Deadlines for applications range from 15 October to 30 November according to the residency place chosen. Make your choice!

Call for artists in residency at La petite escalière (France)

La Petite Escalère is now accepting applications for its Spring 2013 residency program between April 30 and June 30, 2013, for international visual artists. Photographers and video artists are encouraged to apply. The residency includes a residency stipend of 650 EUR per week and transportation to and from LPE. Deadline for applications: 15 October.

International photographer in residence programme – Archisle, Jersey (UK)

Archisle: The Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme is currently inviting applications for the position of Photographer
in Residence launching in 2013. This is an exciting post commencing in April/May running for six months through to September/October 2013. The residency covers among others a bursary, some living expenses and travel costs. Find all the details and apply by 15 October.

ArtsLink – Residency opportunities in the USA

Structured residencies for arts professionals in dance, music, theater and literature from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. ArtsLink places Fellows at established US non-profit arts organizations and covers associated living, working, travel, and health insurance costs. Applicants do not need to have contacts with organizations in the US to apply for this program, but proficiency in English is required. Deadline: 15 October.

DNA Residency at Bora Bora (Aarhus, Denmark) – dance and visual theatre

Bora Bora – dance and visual theatre in Aarhus (Denmark) calls for artists to fill a residency in connection to its project DNA continuum 2011-2013. The call is open for applicants from Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania or Czech Republic. A group of up to 5 professional performance, dance or theatre artists will be given the chance to use one of Bora Bora stages to do any project or investigation of their own choice. Deadline: 26 October.

2013 Visiting Residency at Legal Art – Miami, Florida (U.S.A.)

The Visiting Residency program at LegalArt offers national and international cultural producers – artists, curators, art writers, scholars, museum professionals, etc. – up to three month residencies in Miami, Florida. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach to research and production, the program is strategically designed to facilitate collaboration and cross-pollination of diverse ideas and perspectives among residents. A travel stipend is provided to the residents. Deadline for applications: November, 1st.

Residency opportunity for Mexican and European media artists – 2013

Media artists from across Europe and Mexico are invited to apply online for a 2 months residency at the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange with Mexico (EMARE MEX 2013). The Deadline is 15 November.

Meet others

Imagining the audience. Viewing positions in curatorial and artistic practice. Stockholm (Sweden), 1-2 October

An international seminar about the role of the audience in artistic and curatorial practice. Based on specific examples, internationally recognized artists and curators present how they imagines the individual viewer’s mental, physical and emotional experience of the arts event. The event takes place in Stockholm (Sweden) on October 1-2.

Conference on audience development, organised by the European Commission, 16-17 October, Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission is holding a conference on 16-17 October in Brussels which will provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organisations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies.

SatelliteBIDE Outokumpu, Finland, October 16-21, 2012

This year, Barcelona International Dance Exchange will create a satellite event in Outokumpu, Finland. We look forward to gather an international group of 30-40 professional artists, with different backgrounds and experiences, but with the common interest in developing, researching and exchanging ideas in contemporary dance. We will offer a structure of daily changing laboratories to support a non-hierarchical atmosphere of meeting and sharing, doing try-outs and showing the work to each other. Interested? Find out more…

All that is banned is desired – A World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression

Over the two days of ‘All That is Banned is Desired’ – A World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression (Oslo, Norway, 25-26 October), artists, journalists, activists, scholars, curators and others will respond to censorship of the arts around the world. We will discuss and investigate why, where, and how artistic expressions is condemned, banned and persecuted. In particular, we will focus on the three principal agents of censorship — religion, state and market.

The role of Culture faced with the rise of nationalism in Europe – Citizens' Resistance!, Banlieues d'Europe Network meeting, 21-23 November, Turin, Italy

Banlieues d’Europe network will tackle this major challenge of examining the place and the role of culture as a form of citizen’s action and participation faced with the issues of social cohesion that question geographic frontiers as well as frontiers of the imagination. Possibility to run a booth during the meeting if you work in the same field – apply before October 15 for a booth!

African Creative Economy Conference 2012 -Registration Now Open!

The 2012 Creative Economy conference is a rare opportunity that will mark the coming together of powerful debate from across the continent, live and rich provocation from pioneering international practitioners and thinkers, and the unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions from over 40 African countries and beyond. Register online and get ready for the event taking place in Senegal on 14-16 November!

8th Euro-American Campus for Cultural Cooperation – Cuenca, Ecuador, November 2012

The Campus is a space for exchange, discussion and reflection on culture and cooperation between both continents. This edition, which will focus on 'Cultural Cooperation and the New Processes of Human Development', expects 275 participants from both America and Europe. It will take place in Cuenca, Ecuador, on 28-30 November. Register online now!

TH!NK – an art+architecture camp within the sub-Saharan landscape

TH!NK is designed as an art+architecture camp within the sub-Saharan landscape. This camp is intended to bring together participants from diverse cultures to explore the relationship between art and architecture to generate a modern s
tructure using sustainable materials from the local environment such as earth, straw, stone, wood, and recycled/reused materials. There is no deadline for applications. Find out all the details!

Collaborate with

Internship opportunity at Roberto Cimetta Fund (Paris, France)

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association that provides support for artistic and cultural mobility in the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean regions. It has provided 1300 travel grants to date and offers its expertise to local and regional governing bodies in the development of strategies for transnational mobility. RCF is in touch with the emerging art scene and has a general overview of artistic and cultural projects taking shape in the wider Mediterranean region. The Fund is offering an internship to work on one of its activities: Selection of grantees, meeting in Beirut in November 2012, study on the impact of mobility. The internship will run from October to December 2012.

MPRA in Poznan (Poland) looks for partners for an EU project

MPRA is looking for partner organisations to apply to EU Culture programme with a mobility project. MPRA is a residency host in Poznan, Poland, which aims to facilitate dialogue, exchange of experience and skills across not only geographical or ethnic boundaries but also these of various disciplines of art, culture and science. If your organisation believes that mobility is one of the most effective learning tools and is interested in facilitating international exchange of people who carry and share ideas and skills over boundaries… this call is for you!

Anna Lindh Foundation's Citizens Exchange Programme

The Anna Lindh Foundation is launching the Citizens Exchange Programme in the Euro-Med Region, with particular focus on the exchange among Arab civil society organisations, and between European and Arab civil society organisations. This twinning scheme seeks to support exchange of people for grassroots expertise, field work actions and awareness campaigns among Civil Society Organisations members in the Euro-Med region. The ALF is seeking to engage young people who are active in their communities and have a long term vision of change. Deadline: 3 October.

KULTURPYR – cultural cooperation platform of the Community of the Pyrenees

The Culture Committee of the Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) is currently undertaking the latest steps before the forthcoming launch, this autumn, of the cultural cooperation platform KULTURPYR. This new tool will house cultural projects and agents from the regions which make up the CTP. Public authorities, private agents, facilities, programmes and projects can now register to the platform.

ICD Voluntary Internship Program

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin (Germany) invites applications from individuals willing to experience a voluntary intership of 3-6 months. Applications are expected from individuals coming from the following fields: International Relations, Marketing & PR, Business & Economics, Statistics, Communication& Journalism, Administration, English and Event Management

Look for a job

European Job Day Brussels – October 2012

Are you looking for a job in Europe? Would you like to be in direct contact with European employers? Do you want access to free advice and information on living and working in another European country? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions then the European Job Day Brussels 2012 is for you! Book the date of 6 October on your diary and register online to attend (or follow offline).

IETM seeks a new secretary general

IETM, one of the largest cultural networks for the contemporary performing arts (, is seeking a new Secretary General, starting in spring 2013. The Secretary General is responsible for strategic development, legal and financial management, personnel management, membership development, event management and advocacy. This is a post based in Brussels, but involves extensive travel. Deadline for applications: 12 October.

Théâtre du Merlan (Marseille, France) recrute un(e) assistant(e) de direction/comptable (in French only)

Théâtre du Merlan (Marseille, France) recrute un(e) assistant(e) de direction/comptable. La date limite pour déposer les candidatures est le 15 octobre.

UNESCO's International Fund for the Promotion of Culture is recruiting its Executive Officer

The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) is looking for an Executive Officer to work in its Paris office. Deadline for applications: 28 October.


My second life in Tibet

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International dancers in residency in Barcelona share their "Thoughts"…

The international dancers involved in the exchanges promoted by B.I.D.E. – Barcelona International Dance Exchanges share their "Thoughts" on BIDE website. Read their inspiring posts…