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Call for Applications: Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative

Published on 06 Apr 2017

When thinking about mobility, people have come to “imagine that mobility is border crossing, as though borders came first, and mobility, second. The truth is more the other way around.”

In the area of arts & culture, we refer to cultural mobility as "the temporary cross-border movement of artists and other cultural professionals. Certain forms of mobility relate to the individual (e.g. networking, residencies etc.); others are intrinsically connected to the mobility of works or performances in another country. (…) Mobility is not only understood as occasional movements across national borders that may be useful to gain professional experience required for career advancement, as well as advance artistic endeavour, but more as an integral part of the regular work life of artists and other cultural professionals.”

In recognising how integral mobility is for artists and cultural professionals, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launches Mobility First! Through this new initiative, ASEF supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for cross-border activities that include participation in events, networking, research and collaborative meetings. Mobility support is provided to selected individuals for travel from Asia to Europe, Europe to Asia & within Asia.
Mobility First! Is being launched to commemorate ASEF’s 20th anniversary in 2017 and builds on ASEF’s support to mobility over the last 20 years, including in particular through:

Through Mobility First!, ASEF seeks to reaffirm the importance of face–to-face encounters not only in knowledge and experience sharing, but also in setting up long-term alliances and partnerships based on trust, reciprocity and fair exchange.

Who can apply?

Individuals & organisations actively involved in the field of arts & culture who are eligible as per following guidelines:


What types of activities are supported?

Through this initiative, ASEF supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for the following 7 types of activities:

    1. Participation in workshops, conferences, festivals, biennales, networking sessions
    2. Participation in artists’/writers’ residencies
    3. Participation in culture-related training
    4. ‘Go and see’ or short-term exploration visits
    5. Participation in practice-led research
    6. Participation in partner meeting/s for exchanges and collaboration (to set up new cross-border collaborations)
    7. Participation in transnational networks (to sustain and/or widen existing networks)

Travel regions & grant amounts

Application & reporting processes

    1. Individuals should complete the online application form at:
    2. Organisations should complete the online application form at:
    3. All applicants must ensure that the activity/event will commence at least 10 weeks after the application is submitted.
    4. Successful applicants will be notified by ASEF within 4 weeks.
    5. For individuals receiving support, the first 50% of the funding amount will be transferred after ASEF has received the signed Terms of Reference. The remaining 50% will be transferred post-travel and after ASEF receives the required post-event report.
    6. In the case of organisations, ASEF will sign a Partnership Agreement with the selected organisation. The terms of funding will be agreed upon with the partner organisation & will be specified in the Partnership Agreement.
    7. All individuals receiving mobility support are expected to complete an online post-event report no later than 4 weeks after travel has ended. The format of the online report can be found here:


For more information, please click here.

Ms Fatima AVILA
Project Executive, Culture Department
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)