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Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2019

A travel grant for artists and cultural professionals

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
1 January to 15 December 2019 Fatima AVILA Culture Department Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative Culture

Several ASEM countries

What is #MobilityFirst?

Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative is the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)'s travel grant for artists and cultural professionals. Mobility First! supports a 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


Who can apply?

Mobility First! accepts two types of applications from:

1) Individuals - artists/cultural professionals looking to participate in any of the eligible activity types (outgoing mobility)

2) Organisations - arts organisations applying for up to 5 artists/cultural professionals they want to invite to an activity they are organising

Please refer to the Documents Section of this page for the Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

If you need any of the documents in an accessible format, please contact us:

Fatima AVILA (Ms)

Project Manager, Culture, ASEF


How to apply?

Application form for individuals: 

Application form for arts organisations: 

Note: please ensure that you read the Application Guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions on the Documents Section of this page before you apply


Grant amounts

The grant amounts for 2019 are as follows:

Grant amounts (up to these maximum caps)
Asia to Europe and vice-versa SGD 2,000
Australia/New Zealand to Europe and vice-versa SGD 2,300
Russia to Europe and vice-versa SGD 1,000
Intra-Asia SGD 1,000


Additional funding is available for people with disabilities and special needs


Travel regions

Mobility First! prioritises cultural mobility from Asia to Europe; from Europe to Asia; and, within Asia. All travel must be international. Eligible nationalities and destinations are Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries:

Asia Europe
Australia Austria Poland
Bangladesh Belgium Portugal
Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Romania
Cambodia Croatia Slovakia
China Cyprus Slovenia
India Czech Republic Spain
Indonesia Denmark Sweden
Japan Estonia Switzerland
Kazakhstan Finland United Kingdom
Korea France  
Lao PDR Germany  
Malaysia Greece  
Mongolia Hungary  
Myanmar Ireland  
New Zealand Italy  
Pakistan Latvia  
Philippines Lithuania  
Russian Federation[1] Luxembourg  
Singapore Malta  
Thailand Netherlands  
Viet Nam Norway  

[1] Note: Russian Federation is considered as an Asian country in the ASEM context. 






Open call

1 to 31 January


28 February

Travel period

15 March to 31 July



Open call

15 February to 15 March


15 April

Travel period

1 May to 15 September



Open call

1 to 30 April


31 May

Travel period

15 June to 31 October



Open call

15 May to 15 June


15 July

Travel period

1 August to 15 December


Note: The deadline for each round of application will be 11:59 PM GMT+8 (Singapore Time)


Equal Opportunities

Mobility First! is an equal opportunities programme. Applications from artists and cultural professionals of any ASEM nationality, ethnicity, caste, creed, gender or sexual orientation are welcome. ASEF does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability or marital status.
For the Mobility First! - Special Open Call for Artists in Conflict with Cambodian Living Arts, please visit: 
For the ASEF-Prince Claus Fund Mobility Call for Women and Minority Groups, please visit:

Timeline and grant amounts for 2019 released

Project Updates

  • 2019 marks the third year of Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initaitve. For this first open call, we have received a total of 251 applications, comprised of 154 individual applications and 32 organisation applications on behalf of 97 arts practitioners.

    From this pool, we have selected to support a total of 24 artists and cultural professionals whose applications more closely fulfil Mobility First!’s focus areas of knowledge exchange/skills transfer, local development, innovation (including the intersection of art with other sectors), and the role of art in society.

    These are the selected artists, cultural professionals and arts organisations:

    Selected applications from individuals





    Agung Gunawan


    Arts residency, workshop, and performance

    Yogyakarta, Indonesia to Schirgiswalde-Kirschau, Germany

    Ikbal Lubys


    Dao Xuan Chin International Arts Festival

    Yogyakarta, Indonesia to

    Gamtroi Valley, Hoa Binh, Viet Nam

    Adam Sutherland

    United Kingdom

    Practice-led research: Kutsuwai arts residency and exchange programme

    Manchester, UK to

    Kikugawa, Japan

    Francesca Ulivi


    Practice-led research: Kutsuwai arts residency and exchange programme

    Paris, France to

    Kikugawa, Japan

    Loo Zihan


    Queering Memory – ALMS Conference

    Singapore to

    Berlin, Germany

    Adrian Milang


    Practice-led research trip: Takna’ Belawan Project

    Kuching, Malaysia to

    Padua, Mendalam; Kapaus Hulu; Putu Ssibau, Indonesia

    Nicoletta Favari


    Nakanojo arts residency and biennale

    Milan, Italy to

    Nakanojo, Japan

    Gregory Giannis


    Made of Walking (V) Walking arts residency and conference

    Melbourne, Australia to

    Prespes, Greece

    Kent Chan


    Jan Van Eyck Academie arts residency


    to Maastricht, Netherlands

    Chloe Chotrani


    Luna Musikalawaig Festival

    Singapore to

    Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

    Yvan Karlsson


    Tape, Tape World Community Workshop Series

    Perth, Australia

    to Singapore

    Nontawat Numbenchapol


    Visions du Reel International Film Festival

    Bangkok, Thailand to

    Nyon, Switzerland

    Jay Koh


    Workshop and partnership meeting

    Seri Kembangan, Malaysia to

    Dalat, Viet Nam



    Selected applications from organisations





    Biennale Jogja Foundation

    Arisan Tenggara Workshop

    Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Henry Tan (Thailand); Alyana Cabral (Philippines); Accacio Pinto (Australia); Penwadee Manont (Thailand)

    Rai.D Collective

    Altered-in-Between Exhibition at the Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    Pius Sigit Kuncoro (Indonesia); Pathompon Tesprateep (Thailand)

    Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA)

    Redefinition from the Bottom: Archiving and Decolonising

    Yangon, Myanmar

    Lisistrata Lusandiana (Indonesia); Irfanuddin Ghozali (Indonesia); Hardiwan Prayoga (Indonesia); Krisnawan Wisnu Adi (Indonesia)


    Exhibition, talk and workshop

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Protick Sarker (Bangladesh)

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

    Overall Remarks from Selection Committee – Mobility First! 1st Open Call 

  • 2019 marks the third year of Mobility First! - ASEF's travel grant for artists and cultural professionals. The first open call for 2019 opens on 1 January 2019. All details are on

    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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