Experts' meeting on "Mobility in the visual arts sector in Europe". IGBK was partner and co-organiser of the European project "Urban Interventions: Artistic perspectives for the urban space".

The project, funded by the EU's culture programme, was coordinated by the City Linz and brought together project partners from 5 different European countries that aim at contributing to the mobility of visual artists within the European Union as well as in one candidate state (Turkey). Besides IGBK and the City Linz, project partners were the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, the Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center Istanbul and the Foundation Tallinn 2011.

The project contributed to the ongoing discussions on how to further mobility of artists in Europe. Hosted by Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz on December 10 and 11, 2009, IGBK organised an experts' meeting on the topic "Mobility in the visual arts sector in Europe". Culture Action Europe was partner of the event.

Discussions with representatives of European artists' associations, residencies, cultural networks and information organisations as well as researchers focused on existing mobility obstacles and the question how to make things easier for individual artists and groups. Priority was given to the topics "customs and taxation", "visa regulations", "information. coordination and access" and "supporting schemes".


To find out about outcomes of the meeting and recommendations on how to deal with mobility problems at EU level and within the member states read the summary.

See also the cultural mobility information network on the move.

PRACTICS makes culture move

3-year project coordinated by the Finnish Theatre Information Centre/Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (Italy) with the aim to facilitate the provision of information about EU cross-border mobility in the cultural sector. The project established so-called PRACTICS Infopoints which are conceived as 'EU Cultural Mobility Contact Points'. Their task is to offer relevant and user-friendly information to foreign cultural workers who want to work in the countries in which the PRACTICS Infopoints are based as well as to national cultural workers who want to work in another EU-country.

4 organisations (in Wales, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain) piloted the PRACTICS Infopoints during the course of the project (2009 - 2011): wales arts international (Wales), sica. dutch centre for international cultural activities (Netherlands), kunstenloket (Belgium) and Interarts (Spain).

PRACTICS came to an end by the end of November 2011, read the final report here (PDF, 1,2 MB).