The TelepART Mobility Support Platform has made over a hundred international performance visits possible for 155 artists. The programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme.
In the spring of 2016, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux launched the TelepART Mobility Support Platform, a new efficient grant scheme to promote international exchange for emerging and mid-career performing artists. The purpose of the grant was to increase the mobility between Finland and the Benelux countries in the form of guest performances, performances at festivals and performance tours.
In April 2017, by the initiative of The Finnish Institute in London, the TelepART programme extended to cover performance visits from Finland to the United Kingdom and Ireland and vice versa. In October 2017 we produced a report about the results of the programme’s first year and a half to examine its impact.
Over 100 performance visits by 155 artists
The TelepART mobility programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme, which helps artists grasp crucial opportunities to network and showcase their work. By September 2017 the total of awarded funds was 25 500 euros, which made possible 106 international performance visits. In total, the TelepART grant has been awarded to 49 projects and has benefited 155 artists. Event organisers have paid over 124 000 euros in performance fees to the participating artists.
In the past 18 months 37 projects and 85 performances have been made possible with funding from the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. By August 2017 The Finnish Institute in London has awarded grants for 12 projects and 21 performances.
The mobility grant has had a significant impact: Feedback about the programme was gathered from the artists and event organisers who received support. 85 % of the artists believed that the TelepART funded performance will lead to new opportunities within a year. Nearly all performers (91 %) and event organisers (83 %) who responded to the feedback questionnaires felt that their TelepART grant was a key factor in making the project possible.
Quick and efficient grant scheme meets the needs of performing artists
A flexible mobility support scheme is a crucial tool for artists, for whom work opportunities across Europe and the world are increasingly important. Based on the survey and the analysis of the first year and a half of activities, one can say that there is both a need and a demand for the TelepART funding model. The online call for applications is permanently open and the turn-around time for grant decisions takes no longer than two weeks. Thus, via the programme artists can react rapidly and flexibly to emerging opportunities.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and The Finnish Institute in London have carried out the TelepART programme in collaboration with Music Finland, Dance Info Finland, Theatre Info Finland, and CircusInfo Finland. TelepART Mobility Support Platform has been made possible by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
The 2017 TelepART report (in Finnish)
2 May 2018: In 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux together with Zodiak – center for contemporary dance, SPRING Festival Utrecht and Baltic Circle Festival, commissions a new work by choreographer Sonya Lindfors and writer-activist Maryan Abdulkarim. The work is a combination of workshops, lectures and performances, where choreographers and activists come together, imagining radical utopian common futures. Lindfors and Abdulkarim work closely together with local activists in Utrecht, Brussels and Helsinki.
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.
Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.
Curator Anni Fahler and artist Timo Wright are launching ARS – Artist Residency Swap, a new artist exchange pilot programme in the Benelux. The idea behind the programme is a platform where artists can swap both their work space and home with another artist from a different country. The goal is to create a space where artists all over the world can connect through their profile in order to not only share their work and living space, but also experiences and insights.