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UK Cultural Contact Point

Visiting Arts was the official UK Cultural Contact Point for the European Commission’s Culture Programme and Creative Europe from 2010 to 2013. Going forward, the Creative Europe Desk UK is jointly hosted by British Council and the BFI. Please see for more information, or visit here for a list of all countries’ Creative Europe Desks for the programme.

Visiting Arts received positive reviews from the European Commission Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture for our role in advising UK organisations on the EU Culture programme and Creative Europe.

The quantity and impact of our activities during the transitional period went beyond expectations and covered the new Creative Europe programme in the crucial lead-up to early 2014 deadlines. Our efforts to increase the exposure of the programme and to assist almost 3,000 potential applicants in 2013 alone were commended.

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. Read the briefing note.

We highlighted:

  • the new objectives and priorities which all projects must address
  • key changes
  • the strands and deadlines (4 strands replace the previous 9 strands under the Culture programme)
  • eligible countries
  • new levels of participation for non-eligible countries
  • available funding amounts and updated match-funding rates
  • guidance on developing your project
  • the new award criteria against which all applications will be assessed
  • deadlines throughout the programme
  • other differences between the Culture programme and Creative Europe detailed

Article in The Guardian 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?