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Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2018

A travel grant for artists and cultural professionals

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
Throughout 2018 Fatima AVILA Culture Department ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative Culture



Venue:
Several ASEM countries

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The 2018 Mobility First! Call for Applications is now open. 

Please visit the Documents section of this webpage for:

  • The Call for Applications - contains application process, guidelines, deadlines and other important details
  • Frequently Asked Questions - contains answers to the most frequent queries we receive
  • Cultural Mobility in Asia & Europe - Trends from Mobility First! 2017 and a quick look back at how cultural mobility has become an area of mutual interest among international organisations in the past 5 years 
  • Application Forms 

          Individuals: https://asefculture.formstack.com/forms/mobilityfirst2018 

          Organisations: https://asefculture.formstack.com/forms/mobilityfirst2018orgs 

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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.

UNESCO reiterates that limited availability and access to funding remains a huge challenge for cultural mobility, and ASEF continues its efforts to narrow this gap through its Mobility First! grant. In its latest Reshaping Cultural Policies report (2nd edition), the only global document on trends in cultural development launched by the new UNESCO Director-General Ms Audrey Azoulay on 14 December 2017, limited funding for cultural mobility has yet again been recognised as a key challenge to international cultural co-operation. However, a positive trend is been observed in mobility opportunities provided through transnational cultural collaborations, with a renewed interest in South-South mobility.

In this context, ASEF's Mobility First! travel fund has been acknowledged, in its 1st year, as a "success story" by a multilateral intergovernmental organisation to bridge existing gaps in support for artists' mobility. ASEF's Mobility First! is funded by 51 Asian and European countries, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat in the framework of the Asia Europe meeting (ASEM).

In its pilot year, Mobility First! has enabled the participation of a total of 73 artists and cultural practitioners in the ASEM region for a wide range of cultural activities, including from networking and capacity building (training, study visits, partnership meetings) to artwork creation (artists' and writers' residencies) to public presentations (festivals, biennales, conferences). An equal number of males and females were supported as well as a balanced selection of fields including film, visual arts, contemporary dance, and theatre. In addition, trainings for museum professionals and different kinds of arts managers, including heritage professionals, were also supported. In terms of mobility routes, Asia-to-Europe and intra-Asia routes were prioritised.

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Now on its 2nd year, Mobility First! supports the same wide variety of activity types (workshop/training, conference/forum, festival/biennale, residencies, partnership meetings, research trips, short-term exploration/networking) with particular focus on these areas:

  • Skills transfer / knowledge exchange
  • Innovation in arts & culture
  • Local development
  • Art and social issues: the role of art & artists in society

Through these activities and focus areas, Mobility First! contributes to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly:

SDG #10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

  • by facilitating the mobility of artists and cultural professionals (target 10.7)
  • by implementing the principle of differential treatment for developing countries, thereby contributing to achieving a balanced flow of cultural works (target 10.a)

SDG #4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning for all

  • by increasing the number of both youth and adults who participate in activities to acquire skills needed for employment in the cultural and creative industries (target 4.4)
  • by supporting the foundation (e.g. partner meetings/networking) for long-lasting collaboration and learning

SDG #5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women

  • by integrating gender equality as part of the selection criteria for the Mobility First! grant (target 5.c)
  • by increasing the participation of women at leadership programmes in the cultural sector and thereby contributing to equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life (target 5.5)

 

Project Updates

  • On 31 July 2018, the 2nd cycle results of Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative will be announced.

    2018 marks the 2nd year of Mobility First!, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)'s travel grant for artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe. The main goal of Mobility First! is to support the foundation of long-term alliances in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries that benefit not only the individual artists themselves, but ultimately the greater public too.

    Artists, cultural professionals, and arts organisations in ASEM partner countries are eligible to apply to Mobility First! for international travel support that enables participation in a wide range of activities types including workshops/trainings, conferences/forums, festivals/biennales, arts residencies, partnership meetings, research trips, and short-term exploration/networking. Particular focus is given to activities that foster skills transfer, knowledge exchange, innovation in arts & culture, local development, and the role of art and artists in society.

    Through its supported activity types and focus areas, Mobility First! contributes to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly, reducing inequality within and among countries (SDG #10); ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning for all (SDG #4); and achieving gender equality and empowering all women (SDG #5). Mobility First! contributes to the pursuit of these SDGs by facilitating the mobility of artists and cultural professionals and contributing to the achievement of a balanced flow of cultural works, by increasing the number of youth who participate in activities that enable acquiring skills for employment in the cultural and creative industries, by increasing the number of women who participate in leadership programmes in the cultural sector.

    Although a relatively young project, Mobility First! has already received global recognition for its relevance and impact. In UNESCO's 2018 Global Report titled Reshaping Cultural Policies (2nd edition), Mobility First! was acknowledged as a "success story" by a multilateral intergovernmental organisation to bridge existing gaps in support of artists' mobility.

    Mobility First! is the only project under the Culture Department's Support to Artists pillar (the other 2 pillars Dialogue Platforms and Information Platforms, with several initiatives under each) and responds to ASEF's mandate of promoting people-to-people connectivity between Asia and Europe by facilitating face-to-face encounters that will immediately benefit a few, but that will ultimately benefit the many.

     

  • Mobility First! Results for 1st Cycle

    Published on 31 May 2018

    We have received 298 applications for the 1st cycle of Mobility First!, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)'s travel grant for artists & cultural professionals.

    Out of 184 individual applications received, we have selected the following artists & cultural professionals:

    Name

    Nationality

    Activity

    Destination

    Iefiz Alaudin

    Malaysia

    Workshop: International Summer School of Physical Theatre

    Austria

    Nikolai Alutin

    Russian Federation

    Training: De Appel Curatorial Programme

    Netherlands

    Irwan Amin Ahmett

    Indonesia

    Residency: Pala Lab 2018

    Germany

    Chloe Benshael

    France

    Residency & workshop: Textile Languages

    Australia

    Pakchira Chartpanyawut

    Thailand

    Research trip: Art archiving in Asia

    Singapore

    Rashmi Dhanwani

    India

    Networking trip

    UK

    Manuel Domes

    Germany

    Conference & forum: Sinesaysay Docu Lab & Docs by the Sea Forum

    Philippines

    Gabor Horcher

    Hungary

    Research trip: Pat Jasan, Fight of a Family – feature documentary film

    Myanmar

    Dian Ika Gesuri

    Indonesia

    Workshop: IETM Campus Fuzine

    Croatia

    Kat Roma Greer

    Australia

    The Artic Circle Residency

    Norway

    Tita Salina

    Indonesia

    Residency: Pala Lab 2018

    Germany

    Jean Toh

    Singapore

    Workshop: Liquid Way to Action

    Poland

     

    Out of 114 applications received through 35 arts organisations, we have selected the following:

    Organisation / Event

    Country

    Artists/Cultural Professionals

    Dhaka DocLab

    Bangladesh

    Audrius Stonys (Lithuania); Graca Castanheira (Portugal); Camilla Nielsson (Denmark); Sylvia Bednarz (UK); Paul Pauwels (Denmark)

    An Ordinary City / PLAYTIME! Festival

    Viet Nam

    Daryl Mulvihil (Ireland); Simone Carena (Italy); Caroline Gervay (France); Seonghak Cho (Korea); Jihyun Park (Korea)

    Synthposium Festival

    Russian Federation

    Meng Qi (China); Shao Yanpeng (China); Haco (Japan)

    Plasticity Theatre Troupe / Training with Homemade Puppetry Thailand

    Thailand

    Lay Heong Tan (Malaysia); Zhi Kai Low (Malaysia); Yun Xin Lim (Malaysia); Aik Lee Ong (Malaysia)

     

    To know more about the selected artists, cultural professionals, & organisations, we have also published remarks from the Selection Committee here: 

    http://asef.org/images/docs/Mobility%20First-1st%20cycle%20results-May2018.pdf 

  • Mobility First! 2018 Selection Committee

    Published on 06 May 2018

    2018 marks the second year of Mobility First! - the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)'s travel grant for arts practitioners in Asia and Europe. In this year's edition, Mr Ferdinand RICHARD and Mr TAY Tong are joining ASEF in making the selection of artists, cultural professionals & arts organisations that will be supported by the fund.

     

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    Ferdinand RICHARD
     is the founder/director of the AMI Association in Marseille (since 1985), a multi-sectoral cultural development platform with a consistent international cooperation programme. He is also co-founder of La Friche Belle-de-Mai (since 1992) and has been Deputy Director for the past 8 years under architect Jean Nouvel.

    Ferdinand is concurrently the President of the Roberto Cimetta Fund (since 2009), an international non-profit organisation that funds the mobility of artists & cultural professionals in Europe and neighbouring regions.

    Ferdinand is a member of governance of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the Hauts-de-France Region (since 2016). He is also the Founder-President of Global Grand Central, a global internet platform for artists and cultural projects, archives, and narratives (since 2017). In addition, Ferdinand is a board member of the Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles-France (since 2002), as well as President of The European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (re-named today Culture Action Europe). Further, he is a collaborator/expert for Agenda 21 for Culture (United Cities and Local Governments) since 2006. He is also a premier coordinator and expert of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity/UNESCO experts panel (2006-2015).

    Ferdinand was also a musician and producer (1971-2000). 

     

    TAY Tong was the Managing Director of TheatreWorks (Singapore) and its space, 72-13, a conservation building, for a total of 20 years. Tay has 30 years of professional experience. He joined the company in 1989 as its Production Manager and was appointed the Managing Director in 1999 after he completed his MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In the same year, he was also appointed as Director, Arts Network Asia (ANA). From June 2013 till November 2017, Tay was concurrently the Aide to the Festival Director of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).

    Tay was the Director of Arts Network Asia (ANA).  Through the 18-year-old ANA, Tay brokered greater intra-Asia dialogues and exchanges.  ANA provides project grants and mobility grants to artists and cultural workers to develop connectivity and a network of dialogues within Asia.  Between 2012 - 2016, this network has expanded to include Europe with the Creative Encounters Programme, a partnership between ANA and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). 

    Tay is an advocate for engagement with diverse cultures and supports the philosophy of ‘celebrating differences’ and cultural negotiation. And this forms the pillar to two key inter-cultural, multi-disciplinary and capacity building programmes in South East Asia. Tay produced the biennial Flying Circus Project or FCP, a process-based multi-disciplinary, long-term research and development programme in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and ritual, since its inception in 1996. From 2007 to 2013, other than in Singapore, the FCP has been sited in Vietnam, Cambodia and most recently in 2013, in Myanmar. This required Tay to work on the ground in-situ over a two-year period before the FCP descended on the country.

    Between 2002 and 2012, Tay also managed a capacity building programme, The Continuum Asia Project in Luang Prabang, Laos, working with elders and youth there to explore a sustainable developmental intervention through Asian heritage and traditional arts. Through this programme, Tay has assisted in the revival of the Laotian traditional form, Pharak Phalam which is the Laotian version of the Ramayana. At the same time, he has managed programmes to enrich the perception and arts exposure of youth in Luang Prabang; while imparting administrative and management skills to the Royal Ballet Theatre of Luang Prabang.

    For the past three years, Tay is an adjunct fellow at the Singapore Management University. He conducts a 15-week Arts Leadership programme each year, to encourage creative thinking and practice among arts management, business and law undergraduates at the University. His accolades include being the first and only arts manager to date, to be awarded the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Culture Award, in 1996, in recognition for his contribution to the arts in Singapore. Tay also sits on various advisory panels in Singapore and internationally. He, too, was on the 2017 nominating panel for the Bellagio Residency by the Rockefeller Foundation.

     

    Anupama SEKHAR's and Fatima AVILA's profiles can be read here.