UK-Iran Contemporary Short Story Translation Project

In the UK, Iranian contemporary writing and culture has a quiet presence with few published works and events to engage with, yet there is great appetite to learn and exchange more and Farsi is known to be the 7th most widely spoken language in London. 



Call to Scottish poets and performing artists

Latvia along with other Baltic countries will be participating in London Book Fair 2018 as a Market Focus country and also celebrating its 100 years of independence.

Visiting Arts and the International Writers and Translators House of Latvia in the UK are planning a cultural exchange to promote a greater awareness of endangered languages and the rich contemporary literature and culture in Scotland and Latvia.



Kick Start: Cardiff Open Programme

As part of a series of events produced for Creative Tracks, aimed at connecting creative entrepreneurs worldwide, Visiting Arts will host Kick Start: Cardiff - a special exchange and networking event in Wales from 16-19 October 2017 - linking with SWN Festival, celebrations for Creative Cardiff's Second Birthday, and the launch of the European Network EASTN 2.



Tales From The Field: Promoting access to culture

Promoting access to culture - the digital shift and audience development
Presented in partnership with Rich Mix
Venue 1, Rich Mix
Friday 29 September 2017
6.30-9pm (doors open from 6pm)






From '95 to now - Visiting Arts in Edinburgh

Visiting Arts has a long and vibrant history at the Edinburgh Festivals with valued and longstanding partners including Creative Scoltand, the Edinburgh International Festival, and the British Council. We reflect back on great memories from our first concerted presence in '95 to the moving 2016 event with voices from the Culture Works Connections programme. 




•       First concerted presence in Edinburgh with Terry Sandell and Camilla Canellas



Call for applications - Kick Start: Cardiff!

Professional exchange programme in Cardiff bringing together international and Welsh creative changemakers.


Take part in Visiting Arts' Kick-Start: Cardiff professional exchange programme for creative changemakers looking to propel their careers.




Please fill out the relevant the application form below:

Deadline for applications has now passed

Application is free of charge. Online applications only.



Announcing registration for Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast 2017

Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast 2017
In partnership with Creative Scotland
Thursday, 24 August, 2017
The Hub, Edinburgh
09:00 - 11:00 AM



Arts and Law Conference - The Festival Edition: Taking Risks & Playing It Safe

Arts & Law Conference - The Festival Edition: Taking Risks & Playing It Safe
In Partnership with Anderson Strathern
Wednesday, 23 August, 2017



Culture Works Connections Report released

Culture Works Connections provided training and opportunities to the cultural sector in business skills, cultural leadership and networks & mobility across Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. The programme, funded by ACP Cultures+, supported over 400 artists and cultural professionals over a 3 year period from 2014 to 2016.



Tales From The Field: Building partners and networks to support international artistic exchange

Building partners and networks to support international artistic exchange
Presented in partnership with The Africa Centre
Communications partner: Hatch Africa
At Arch 29, Union Yard, Union Street, London SE1 0LR
Wednesday 15 March 2017
6.30-9pm (doors open from 6pm)
£12 with complimentary drinks



Brexit discussion at Europe House

On the morning of December 13th, 2016, Visiting Arts hosted a discussion to explore the international agenda for culture in the UK post-Brexit in Open Space format at Europe House, the European Parliament Office in the UK. Participants included members of arts organisations based in London, Kent, and Sheffield, representatives of several European embassies and cultural institutes, university lecturers, as well as members of the Creative Industries Federation, British Council and Arts Council England.



Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast 2016

Another successful International Producers Breakfast event saw 200 delegates from across the UK as well as United Arab Emirates, Canada, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Cuba, Japan, Austraila, India, USA, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Taiwan.



Highlights from Visiting Arts week in Edinburgh 2016

Ambassadors from the World Cultures Connect (WCC) workshops in Trinidad & Tobago, Ethiopia, Malawi, Fiji and at the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam, joined us in Edinburgh last month for a series of events forming the culmination of the Culture Works Connections programme where they were able to make new international connections, participate in exchange opportunities, promote the cultural offerings of their local arts communities a



Communications & Events Placement at Visiting Arts, Summer 2016

We are now inviting applications for our Communications & Events Placement from 15 June – 15 September 2016. A placement at Visiting Arts offers a unique experience to those starting out in the cultural sector. Our varied programme provides an excellent opportunity for keen individuals to gain new skills and work with a high level of independence under the supervision and guidance of the Visiting Arts team.

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Visiting Arts moves to Somerset House

As of April 2016, Visiting Arts takes up office space at Somerset House Exchange in London - joining over 100 organisations operating within the creative industries, as part of a unique community environment that supports growth and collaboration. 

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WCC Creative Skills workshops come to the Pacific

The Culture Works Connections, programme is hosting workshops from 5- 7 April 2016 at the Fiji Museum in Suva, connecting artists across the Pacific to international networks.



Yvette Vaughan Jones Reports From The Audience Development Through Digital Means OMC Working Group Meeting

The fourth meeting of the Audience Development through digital means group met last week in Brussels.  This group is part of the “Open Method of Coordination” programme that brings together experts from across Europe to discuss key issues for the cultural sector. Visiting Arts Chief Executive reports.


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International Networking & Discussion Series



Visiting Arts is recruiting

Visiting Arts is looking for a part-time Communications Assistant experienced with digital practice. The position will support our international networking site World Cultures Connect, as well as a new global network we are developing with European partners. A background in the arts and culture sector is desired and a passion for art and culture is essential. The ideal candidate will need to be a good communicator, self-motivated and highly organised, and comfortable working without direct supervision.



Tom Porter reflects on the WCC Creative Skills programme in Africa

Tom Porter, Lead Trainer for the WCC Creative Skills programme in Africa, shares his reflections on the intensive workshop sessions, which took place through November 2015, as the creative evaluate their work and start to plot their next steps…

“My experience of training for WCC enabled me to reconnect with creative entrepreneurs working at the forefront of the creative scenes in Malawi and Ethiopia. As is always the case in these situations, I learnt more than I taught, and I listened more than I spoke.



Malawi welcomes WCC Creative Skills

 The selected participants for the WCC Creative Skills training programme in Lilongwe, in partnership with the Africa Centre, took part in a comprehensive and insightful workshop series from 17-19th November 2015 at MHub with Mary Helen Young of Visiting Arts and Lead Trainer Tom Porter of Lake of Stars, as well as the assistance of lead contact for Malawi, Michael Phoya.



WCC Creative Skills launches in Ethiopia

WCC Creative Skills training programme for artists and creative practitioners has launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in partnership with the Africa Centre. The successful participants were initiated into the programme with an intensive workshop session from 11-13 November 2015 with Mary Helen Young of Visiting Arts and Lead Trainer Tom Porter of Lake of Stars, as well as the assistance of lead contact for Ethiopia, Abel Asrat

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WCC Creative Skills Begins in Trinidad & Tobago

The inaugural WCC Creative Skills training programme for artists and creative practitioners supported by the ACP Cultures+ ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors launched in Port of Spain in partnership with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Trinid



Professional Development Programme for Malta

In September 2015, Visiting Arts delivered the inaugural session of the Culture Works Connections professional development programme for international working, to senior administrators and leading creative practitioners from the performing arts sector in Valletta, Malta. 



Speakers Announced for Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast 2015!

The Visiting Arts Producers Breakfast 2015 taking place this August in Edinburgh is presented in partnership with Creative Scotland and provides the opportunity for 200 UK and international producers, programmers and creators with a passion for international and intercultural performance to come together, make new connections and sow seeds of collaboration, exchange and partnership for the coming year.






VA welcomes Kate McBain

Visiting Arts has appointed a Training Consultant to develop our training offer for the project Culture Works Connections, working in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands to build stronger, more sustainable creative businesses that are able to access world markets and develop collaborations. 

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Skills gaps, meeting international partners, and funding of creative businesses in Africa and Trinidad & Tobago

Late last year, Visiting Arts along with the Africa Center and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism for Trinidad and Tobago conducted a survey of the regions where we are working for our project Culture Works Connections. Below we have a shared a summary of key results from respondents across sub-saharan Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

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VA now a partner of AHRC funded "cultural intermediation" project

Building on our previous Square Mile project, Visiting Arts is now a partner with the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester and Salford on a three-year project looking at ‘cultural intermediation’. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of its Connected Communities program



VA is the lead partner with the ACP Cultures+ Programme

Culture Works Connections (CWC), our new project that links creative businesses in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions, is the only project with a UK partner receiving funds from the EU ACP Cultures+ programme. CWC aims to build stronger more sustainable creative businesses that are able to access a world markets and develop collaborations.



Recent international funding opportunities

Applications of the following funding programmes will all be due in May. Visit the links below for eligibilities and other information of each programme.



Excellent Feedback for VA’s role as UK Cultural Contact Point

Visiting Arts received positive reviews from the European Commission Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture for our role as the official UK Cultural Contact Point from 2010 to 2013, advising UK organisations on the EU Culture programme and Creative Europe.



VA partners in Stories of Change project

£1.5M community research project to reignite energy debate

Visiting Arts is partnering on a new three-year research project led by The Open University which will challenge the terms of public debates about energy issues. “Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future” has received nearly £1.5million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to examine areas of conflict and make space for more diverse voices.  The project will explore energy choices through an innovative mix of social science and humanities research, digital storytelling, short films, and other creative work; and will be generating a publicly-accessible collection of stories.



Culture Works Connections

Culture Works Connections is a project linking the creative businesses in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific funded by the ACP Cultures+ ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors, financed by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of States. It runs for three years from 2014- 2017. There are four parts to the programme which, at its heart, aims to build stronger more sustainable creative businesses that are able to access world markets and develop collaborations.



World Cultures Connect

World Cultures Connect is a new generation global cultural information site. It connects artists and cultural organizations across the globe. It allows them to promote their work, make new connections with other artists, identify opportunities for work and discover new partners, new markets and new audiences. It also gives the public a comprehensive insight into the cultural offer of countries and how to engage with arts and culture worldwide.



Creative Europe briefing note December 2013

Our final publication for the UK Cultural Contact Point (hosted by VA from 2010-2013) was this comprehensive briefing note on the new priorities for Creative Europe, and changes from the previous Culture programme. We highlighted:

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2013 International Producers Breakfast in Edinburgh

The annual International Producers Breakfast at the Edinburgh International Festival is approaching and we've shared our first newsletter, introducing the panel speakers, our networking ambassadors and the launch of the enhanced networking platform World Cultures Connect. We will also feature a #ConnectionBoard at this year's breakfast, helping participants to "promote, discover and connect" - their work, new work and artists and future collaborators. The first few entries are featured in this newsletter, as is a welcome from our CEO, Yvette Vaughan Jones.

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Article from VA on Guardian Cultural Professionals Network

Article from Yvette Vaughan-Jones and the UK Cultural Contact Point: Why don't more UK arts, culture and heritage organisations apply to the EU Culture programme? And are things looking up for Creative Europe? Comments welcome on the blog:



Young Euro-Med Entrepreneurs in Interculturality

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is organizing a 5-day training event in collaboration with the Fondazione CRT and the Italian Government, which will bring 20 young people from the Euro-Med region between the ages of 18 and 35 to enhance the skills needed to become a young social entrepreneur for intercultural and interfaith dialogue.



Open Call - International Artistic Residency in Beppu 2013

The Beppu Project is calling for international artists in the music, performing art and visual art fields to take over the theme: A COURSE THROUGHOUT BEPPU CITY. The idea of this residency is to create a poetic and artistic course throughout the city and its environment that will emerge from the imagination of artists who will discover the place with a fresh new look. 

More information on the Beppu Project website.

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Visiting Arts Intensives - Gateshead 14 December

We've had great response from our Visiting Arts Intensives in Bristol, Leeds and London, and we are now bringing it to the North East! New date announced for Gateshead, 14 December at The Sage Gateshead. Gain confidence in your knowledge of international opportunities through in-depth and hands-on treatment of EU funding and wider international working in culture.

14 December, Gateshead

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Snapshots of Edinburgh Producers' Breakfast

Th Edinburgh Producers' Breakfast featured networking sessions plus a discussion with Constantin Chiriac, General Manager for Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Romania, Jane Connarty, Associate Director, NVA's Speed of Light, and Kerry Michael, Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East. Some comments from the discussion are captured on our Twitter feed (hashtag #VAProducers). We look forward to returning next year!

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Visiting Arts Intensives - London 5 September

New Visiting Arts Intensive announced for London, 5 September at The Place. Gain confidence in your knowledge of international opportunities through in-depth and hands-on treatment of EU funding and wider international working in culture.

5 September 2012, London



Visiting Arts Intensives - Bristol 9 July + Leeds 10 July

Registration for Visiting Arts Intensives now open for Bristol (9 July) and Leeds (10 July). Gain confidence in your knowledge of international opportunities for the arts & culture – Visiting Arts Intensives offer in-depth and hands-on treatment of EU funding and wider international working in culture.



Launch of online applications for Tiers 2 and 5 of the points based system

Information related to Visas and Sponsorship on our website is out of date – last updated in 2012. Regrettably, Visiting Arts does not have a staff member working in this area currently and we are not available for advice related to visas. A service to enable customers applying under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points Based System and any dependants, who are already in the UK, to apply and pay on-line for further leave to remain has now been launched.

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200 Voices - Artists

Ania Bas


Arno Baude




Duguld Ferguson


Fergus Jordan


Jael Orea Arenas


Hera Buyuktasciyan


Karen McLean


Morgana Ferrara


Paul Valadez


Ruchika Wason Singh


Sigal Yaar


Simohamed Fettaka

Stefano Morelli

Santiago Morilla


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Biometric Residence Permit Changes

Information related to Visas and Sponsorship on our website is out of date – last updated in 2012. Regrettably, Visiting Arts does not have a staff member working in this area currently and we are not available for advice related to visas. Upcoming changes to replace postal biometric appointments and Biometric Residence Permit help lines with online services

As part of the UK Border Agency's strategy to move services online, they are replacing the telephone biometric appointment booking service for postal applicants and the telephone BRP management and verification services with online services.

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Welsh Arts Critics' Blogs from Hay Festival Kerala

Two participants of our current Welsh Arts Critics Development Programme 2011, Susie Wild and Dylan Moore, give their views from the recent Kerala edition of the Hay Festival

Susie is a freelance journalist, PR, poet, writer and editor, and a regular contributor to Buzz magazine.

Dylan is the founding editor CFUK; founding co-editor The Raconteur and alumnus of the National Theatre of Wales / Academi ‘New Critic’ scheme.

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Curatorial exchange programme 2011: Alisa Savitskaya

Visiting Arts was delighted to support the placement of Alisa Savitskaya a senior research curator from the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), in Russia. The program, initiated by British Council, Russia aims to support young curators from the EUNIC countries.



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1mile² Cardiff 2011

Visiting Arts and Wales Millennium Centre hosted public events last month to celebrate the achievements of 1mile² Cardiff. Performances, activities and workshops took place on 28 & 30 October with newly commissioned dance works from India Dance Wales, Jukebox, National Dance Company Wales Associates, Nubrico, Shapez with Ballet Nimba, and Chloe Loftus with Planet Gymnastics Parkour Group.




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1mile² Cardiff celebrations

Sunday 30 October 2011 | Wales Millennium Centre | 12:00 - 18:30

Join us for a day of free performances, workshops and exhibitions


This free public event will feature new dance works by award winning India Dance Wales and Jukebox Juniors – stars of TV’s Got To Dance - as well as local organisations Rubicon, Ballet Nimba, street dance trio Shapez and Chloe Loftus in collaboration with Planet Gymnastics Parkour Group. There will be a chance to try out a range of arts activities, including dance, textile and poetry workshops. The day will feature an exhibition of images of Cardiff by photographer Mahesh Shantaram (Bangalore).


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Edinburgh Producers Breakfast 2011

Anna Lukaszewicz reports back from our recent Producers Breakfast in Edinburgh

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Contemporary Myths - Video

Video of the recent Contemporary Myths programme which took place in Farnham, Liverpool and Dartington



Arts Council England set to assess visa applications from foreign artists entering the UK

Information related to Visas and Sponsorship on our website is out of date – last updated in 2012. Regrettably, Visiting Arts does not have a staff member working in this area currently and we are not available for advice related to visas. A new scheme will see the Arts Council assessing applications from artists applying for a visa to enter this country on the basis of their exceptional talent.



1mile2 Cardiff

1mile² Cardiff is taking place until October this year in collaboration with photographer Mahesh Shantaram. 

Mahesh Shantaram is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. His work draws on the story-telling potential of landscape photography as a method of social documentary with many of his images focusing on public and social spaces.


1mile² Cardiff takes place in Butetown, Grangetown and Splott and invites local people to participate online and in activities, events and performances. As part of the initiative, professional and community dance companies will create new work, inspired by the people of the square mile and in response to local and global cultural and environmental issues.


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Russian Federation Museum & Gallery Curators’ UK Study Visit

In May Visiting Arts, in partnership with British Council and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Moscow, delivered a 10-day study visit for a group of museum curators from across the Russian Federation.

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Latest News from the Cultural Contact Point

Results for cooperation projects application published

The results for the 2010 call for cooperation projects have been published. The selected projects led by UK organisations are:

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Contemporary Myths III

The third edition of Visiting Arts’ Contemporary Myths programme took place this month in Farnham, Liverpool and Dartington.



Visiting Arts - State of Play

Since the Arts Council England’s decision to cut Visiting Arts from its portfolio, we have had a very great number of letters of support. In particular, from artists and arts organisations who have told us how much the work we do has benefitted them, their practice and their audiences. It is clear that the role of international artists in articulating the contemporary condition is more important now than ever and the Visiting Arts way of identifying those artists, linking them with UK artists, finding a platform for their work and creating conditions for the public to benefit from their experiences and perspectives is valued, valuable and current.

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LINKS Research trip to Ljubljana

LINKS Research trip to Ljubljana – 20th – 24th June

In partnership between Contemporary Art Society and The British Council, Slovenia

Visiting Arts, in partnership with The Contemporary Art Society, and The British council, Slovenia, invited10 UK based gallery and museum curators to attend the research and development programme in Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia.

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Welsh Arts Critics Development Programme 2011 Successful Participants Announcement

Visiting Arts, is working in partnership with Wales Arts International, to deliver a development programme for Welsh Arts Critics. Designed to develop coverage and critical discussion of Welsh arts, the intensive workshop and subsequent bespoke programme, will provide an opportunity to critique work together and explore the role of the art critic. The course will be led by Linda Christmas, a former arts journalist and experienced teacher of journalism.



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1mile² Cardiff 2011

1mile² Cardiff launches with the arrival of photographer Mahesh Shantaram.

1mile² Cardiff is a new arts, environment and community programme that inspires people to explore their neighbourhoods. Taking place in Butetown, Grangetown and Splott until October, the project invites local people to participate in activities and events. Professional and community dancers will create new work, inspired by the square mile and in response to local and global cultural and environmental issues.


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Korea-UK Connection 2011: Performing Arts Festivals Research Exchange Visit participants

Visiting Arts is working in partnership with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to encourage and support collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries. Recruitment has now taken place for the 2011 exchange, and we are very pleased to announce that the following organisations will be taking part:



Roddy Buchanan/ Sharjah residency

By Kelly Carmichael

Robert Rauschenberg could not have put it more succinctly – "the artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history”. This idea of artist as witness is not a new one. Historically and across all art forms the role of artists to observe, announce, document and translate is central to our knowledge of the past. From Japanese floating world prints to hieroglyphics in Egyptian tombs, James Joyce’s Dubliners to Picasso’s Guernica, artists have contributed strongly to recording the existence of and providing evidence for our understanding of historical events and social circumstance. The artist, however, is more than a passive witness of events – whether monumental or everyday. They are an active participant in the unfolding of their own particular time in history.

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Artist to Artist 2011 - The Participants

Visiting Arts and The Delfina Foundation are pleased to announce the participants of Artist to Artist International 2011. Building upon 6 previous years of intensely personal exchanges between UK and international artists, the 2011 Artist to Artist programme sees Onya McCausland host Khaled Hafez (Egypt) and Gayle Chong Kwan host Ines Jerray (Tunisia).

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Afghanistan Cultural Profile Re-Launch

The Afghanistan Cultural Profile is a comprehensive English-language guide to arts and cultural organisations in Afghanistan.



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1mile² Guelph launches as Canada's first square mile

On Wednesday 30 March, 1mile² Guelph was officially launched at Guelph Youth Music Centre. The event featured a lecture by artist Mary Mattingly as part of the Big Ideas on Art and Culture series and a multimedia performance by Bob Wiseman.

This innovative eight-month project will involve local and international artists exploring how we live, work and act together. Working collaboratively with local ecologists, architects, activists, community leaders, students and residents, the project will run until November 2011. The artists will engage Guelph's many communities through installations, conversations, workshops and public interventions about the city, its urban development, cultural legacy and sustainable future.


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Visiting Arts and Arts Council England National Portfolio

Visiting Arts is very disappointed at the ACE decision not to include us in its core portfolio.

We believe there is a need for an organisation championing international artists’ work in the UK now more than ever.

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1mile2 Guelph

1mile² Guelph 2011 brings together international, Canadian and Guelph artists with community participants, activists, leaders, architects, facilitators, designers and creative researchers. Using collaborative processes, the artists will explore the limits of the built and natural environments of a square mile of downtown Guelph around St. George's Square.

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Call to organisations – How will you maintain your international working? How will we hear the international artists voices?

With recent events in the Middle East and beyond, there is a greater imperative for these international voices to be heard and, in particular for the voices of the artists to have a platform.

But, the current funding cuts from public and other bodies are starting to affect organisations up and down the United Kingdom. Where will you make your cuts internally? Is it the research and training budgets? The international links and residencies that will suffer? In addition, the mechanisms in place to finance bringing international work into the country are diminishing rapidly. Our research shows that the main funding for incoming work for international artists is now from the Arts Councils and with heavy demands on this reduced funding, will this strand of work suffer disproportionately?



Artist Voices - Voices from the Middle East

Two young artists give contrasting views of how the current political events are affecting their practice



Artists in Conversation - Gohar Dashti

Artist talk: Gohar Dashti in conversation with Adam Knights (Arts Projects Manager, Visiting Arts)
Thursday 24 February 2011, 19:00 - 20:00
The Delfina Foundation
29 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY
Free. Rsvp required.

Photographer Gohar Dashti has been in residence at Impressions Gallery, Bradford and will be artist-in-residence at The Delfina Foundation in February, taking part in 1mile², a Visiting Arts initiative that connects artists, ecologists and communities through creative engagement. At this event, Gohar will present past and present work and will reflect on her time in the UK exploring the influence of recent experiences on her practice.

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Eckhard Thiemann – Reflections On The UK Korea Producers Visit

By Kelly Carmichael

Visiting Arts runs a successful programme of ambitious research visits abroad which seek to provide UK curators and producers with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of international art practice in a specific overseas context. Having recently signed an agreement with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to promote and support collaborative exchange between the Korean and UK cultural scenes, a Producers’ Visit to the South Korean capital was undertaken in Autumn 2010. Working in partnership with KAMS, Visiting Arts sought to enable participants to develop professional networks between Korea and the UK and encourage collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries.



Leading artists from around the world head up first commissions for the London 2012 Festival

Cate Blanchett, Toni Morrison, Olafur Eliasson, David Hockney, Mike Leigh, Jude Law and Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris & Jamie Hewlett head the line-up of artists featured in the first group of commissions and special projects for the London 2012 Festival, recently announced. The finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration. Opening on Midsummer’s Day 21 June 2012 and running until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012, the Festival will provide an outstanding summer of arts and creativity in the UK.

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Contemporary Myths 2011

Plans are going ahead for a new chapter of Contemporary Myths to take place next spring in Turkey.

Contemporary Myths is an intercultural and international collaboration project bringing together theatre makers from different countries to share practice, explore ideas and gain a deeper understanding of artistic contexts. The theme of myth is one which transcends cultural boundaries, providing a broad frame of reference to explore the use of myth or adaptation of myth in contemporary performance.



Visa update - Biometric Residence Permit Rollout

From 14th December highly skilled workers, temporary workers and their dependants successfully applying to extend their stay under Tiers 1 and 5 of the Points Based System will receive a Biometric Residence Permit.



1mile² Bradford update

During November, Impressions Gallery hosted a series of photography walks for local participants who explored and documented the diverse cultures and environments of Great Horton and Little Horton.

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Literature LAB - Writers Exchange 2010

Visiting Arts, West Dean College (West Sussex) worked together in inviting two poets who write in Arabic, to take part in a one week residency in the Sussex Downs for the first week of November 2010.

Nujoom al-Ghanem is an Emirati writer who combines popular writing with challenging contemporary verse. Fadhil al-Azzawi originally from Iraq, now based in Berlin, has developed an extraordinary international reputation for his perceptive and entertaining verse and performance.Nujoom and Fadhil participated in Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, London from Saturday 30 Oct to Sunday 7 Nov, where they discussed their practice as poets and they time at West Dean.

Below Greg Mosse writer, translator and creative writing teacher recalls his experience with the poets and their residency

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Would you like to promote your Culture programme supported event?

Would you like to promote your Culture programme supported event?

In order to promote ongoing European funded projects, the EU Cultural Contact Point would like to feature events and news related to these projects in its monthly newsletter.



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1mile² Smethwick

Sunday 7 November 12:00 – 14:00

Paul Stephenson from the Wildlife Trust and local artist Melanie Tomlinson will be leading a nature walk as part of 1mile² Smethwick. Join the walk and explore the plants, insects, animals found in the area during autumn and help us plan a route for a new permanent art & nature trail for Smethwick.

Image © Arif Mahmood 2009




1mile2 Bradford 2010 launches

1mile² Bradford 2010 launches Thursday 28 October

Impressions Gallery, ecologist Charlie Gray, photographer Gohar Dashti together with local people will explore the plants, people and cultures that make up the Little and Great Horton neighbourhoods of Bradford. Free workshops and events taking place between now and mid-December will include guided walks, photography workshops and discussions and take place at Impressions Gallery and around the square mile.

Find out more at the Open Day in the Studio at Impressions Gallery on 28 October 2010 from 11.30am to 2.00pm or contact or call Sarah Deane on 01274 737843.

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Image courtesy of Gohar Dashti



What people say about us - Jodi Myers

"In my experience Visiting Arts plays a key role in promoting and supporting cultural understanding and collaboration in increasingly innovative ways. Its small team is skilled and knowledgeable and the organisation is “light on its feet”, enabling it to get things done with the minimum of fuss" Jodi Myers, independent arts consultant

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Cultural Attaché Visit to Liverpool, September 2010

Coinciding with the opening two days of the Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art, Visiting Arts organised a visit to Liverpool by a group of nine cultural attachés on 18 – 20 September.



International Mobility


VA's European Information Officer, Christoph Jankowski talks about International mobility matters for the development of culture, creativity and best practise at home and abroad. First published in ArtsProfessional 221, 5 July 2010.

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Korea-UK Connection 2010: Producers’ Research Visit

Visiting Arts is working in partnership with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to encourage and support collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries.

curators visits


Russian Federation Museum Curators’ UK Study Visit

In June Visiting Arts, in partnership with British Council and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Moscow, delivered a 10-day study visit for a group of museum curators from across the Russian Federation. The visit was a prize for the winners of the best submission to the Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s Changing Museums in a Changing World competition.

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Newsgathering: the inside story

On June 8, 15 cultural attachés joined Visiting Arts and the European Commission Representation in the UK at a visit to the ITN news studios.

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Perspectives on contemporary Iranian theatre practice

On 19 April 2010 Visiting Arts held a sharing session, hosted by Soho Theatre, about the experiences of UK directors and producers who travelled to Iran with Visiting Arts in January 2010. The event was attended by a group of over 30 UK producers, directors and cultural practitioners.

Image courtesy of Christa Holka. Left to right: Gavin Stride, Kevin Dyer, Sarah Chew, Sabrina Smith-Noble, Kate McGrath, Lisa Goldman, Jeremy Raison.

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VA producers' visit to Infecting the City Festival, Cape Town, 2010

Visiting Arts led a delegation of nine practitioners on an inspiring week-long visit to Cape Town in February, 2010.

The first three days of the trip were a whirlwind tour of performances around the centre of the city, taking us to churches, monuments, shopping malls, street corners, gardens and public squares. The second day ended with Bill Gee, Andrew Mitchelson, and Bradley Hemmings on the couch with Brett Bailey for a critical discussion about festival curation, commissioning new performance in light of Infecting the City’s New Collaborative Works model.

critical writing exchanges


Rachel Apsden's journey to the heart of Islam

One of VA's original young critics, Rachel Apsden, travels to a remote madrasa in Yemen to find out what draws young western women to a life of strict religious study.

cultural leadership


International Exchange Placement Programme Update

The International Exchange Placement pilot programme, with support from the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) was run throughout 2009. It provided UK organisations with a three-month international exchange, followed by a three-month hosting period, with a focus on intercultural understanding, international leadership competencies and the art of intercultural hosting.

Organisations who took part in the programme were:

  • Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design with P3 art & environment/Beppu Project (Japan);
  • Jack Drum Arts with Listen Up! (USA);
  • Liverpool Biennial with Shanghai University College of Fine Art (China).



Understanding art and culture in Iraq-Kurdistan

Andrew Mitchelson of the Live Art Development Agency reports back on his research trip - part funded by VA - to Iraq Kurdistan earlier this year and the contemporary art scene that is thriving there against all the odds.

cultural profiles


Slovakia cultural profile launch

The Slovakia Cultural Profile is a joint initiative between Visiting Arts, British Council and the Ministry of Culture in Slovakia that was launched in Bratislava in March, as part of Visiting Arts' growing collection of country Cultural Profiles.