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Mobility Funding Guides on International Cultural Exchange in Asia

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Online Valentina Riccardi Culture Department culture360.asef.org Culture



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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) commissioned a compilation of 21 guides on Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia, which was first launched at the ResArtis General Meeting in Tokyo in late October 2012. The guides are part of an on-going initiative to make up-to-date mobility-related information easily and publicly available in one comprehensive online location. The second edition of the guides (available to download in the Documents section of this page) was launched in July 2013.

Through these guides, artists and cultural practitioners will now be able to readily access information on different types of mobility (such as artists’ residencies or production grants) available for different artistic disciplines. In addition, recommendations directed at public and private funders call for measures to close existing gaps by funding less-frequently supported artistic disciplines as well as reciprocal ‘two-way’ mobility schemes that promote cultural diversity.

The guides are organised in three sections: 

  1. 19 country guides that map opportunities in Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
  2. A regional guide for Asian nationals looking for opportunities within Asia and internationally
  3. An international guide that covers opportunities for cultural professionals (of all nationalities) to come to Asia as well as for schemes for Asian nationals to undertake international exchange.

The initiative was supported by the Arts Network Asia, Korea Arts Management Service, Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communications, and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market.

Download Mobility Funding Guides (2nd edition, June 2013)

Project Updates

  • The second edition of the funding guide, Mapping for Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia comes nine months after the launch of the first edition and offers  a number of relevant updates. The guides are part of ASEF’s on-going initiative to create a one-stop online location for up-to-date mobility-related information that is easily and publicly available.

    The current edition comprises of 19 country guides that map opportunities in Asian member countries under the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM); a regional guide for Asian nationals looking for opportunities within Asia and internationally; and an international guide that covers opportunities for cultural professionals (of all nationalities) to come to Asia, as well as schemes for Asian nationals to undertake international exchange.

    The country guide for Bangladesh, one of the newest members of ASEM, is a new addition to this edition.

    Cultural mobility remains a crucial issue for artists in Europe and Asia. In the Asian context, the need for a clear picture of the present status of mobility funding has been keenly felt for some time now. Through these new guides, artists and cultural practitioners will now be able to readily access information on different types of mobility, such as artists’ residencies or production grants, available for different artistic disciplines. Listed opportunities include public and private funding sources at local, national, regional and international levels.

    The initiative is supported by the Arts Network Asia, Korea Arts Management Service, Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communications and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will soon launch the 2nd edition of the e-publication, ‘Mobility Funding Guide: Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia’. The guide is a part of an on-going initiative that provides up-to-date mobility-related information to artists on culture360.org

    Through the guide, artists and cultural practitioners are able to readily access information on different types of mobility funding (such as artists’ residencies or production grants) within different artistic disciplines.

    The guides are organised in three sections:

    1. 18 country guides that map opportunities in Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM);
    1. A regional guide for Asian nationals looking for opportunities within Asia and internationally;
    1. An international guide that covers opportunities for cultural professionals (of all nationalities) to come to Asia as well as for schemes for Asian nationals to undertake international exchange.

    This initiative was commissioned by ASEF and supported by the Arts Network Asia, Korea Arts Management Service, Japan Centre, Pacific Basin Arts Communications, and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launched a compilation of 20 guides on ‘Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia’ at the ResArtis General Meeting on 28 October 2012, in Tokyo, Japan. The guides are part of an on-going initiative that provides one-stop up-to-date mobility-related information for artists at www.culture360.org

    Through these new guides, artists and cultural practitioners are now able to access information on different types of mobility funding within different artistic disciplines. The guides also include recommendations to address existing gaps, for example, the funding of less-frequently supported artistic disciplines  as well as reciprocal ‘two-way’ mobility schemes that promote cultural diversity.

    The guides are organised in three sections: 

    1. 18 country guides that map opportunities in Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
    1. A regional guide for Asian nationals looking for opportunities within Asia and internationally
    1. An international guide that covers opportunities for cultural professionals (of all nationalities) to come to Asia as well as for schemes for Asian nationals to undertake international exchange

    The initiative was supported by the Arts Network AsiaKorea Arts Management Service, Japan Centre, Pacific Basin Arts Communications, and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market.

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  • The Asia-Europe Foundation’s Cultural Exchange team will participate to the Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies / Res Artis General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, from 26 to 28 October 2012.


    For the first time in 14 years, the Res Artis event will focus on Asia where new opportunities and ideas are taking shape, and where collaborations between museums, biennales, universities, and municipalities are increasing. It will also take a closer look at the supporting role of culture towards the recovery of the disaster-stricken Tohoku region in Northeast Japan.

    Acting Deputy Director of Cultural Exchange, Anupama Sekhar, will take part in the Cultural Policy on Creative Platform session, and Project Manager, Valentina Riccardi will make a presentation on the recently published culture360.org guides on funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in Asia. The guides cover 18 countries in Asia and are the result of a research conducted with the support of the Korea Arts Management Service-KAMS, Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication-PARC, Tokyo Performing Arts Market-TPAM and Arts Network Asia-ANA.