History of ASEF Mobility First!
For 3 years from 2013-2015, we supported meetings of cultural mobility funders in Asia & Europe
In 2013, through its Creative Encounters programme, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) & its partners, Arts Network Asia (ANA) & Trans Europe Halles (TEH), supported the Platform for Asian & European Cultural Mobility Funders hosted by the City of Prague.
The meeting brought together more than 35 representatives of leading funding organisations in Asia & Europe & the brought to the fore the mutual interest of major cultural stakeholders in both continents
The meeting was the beginning of a multilateral ongoing dialogue about cultural mobility & resulted in recommendations for policy makers & funders based on the needs & gaps in the cultural sector
In the framework of this meeting, On-The-Move, Asialink and Res Artis organised the 2nd Meeting of Asian & European Cultural Mobility Funders hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts and co-organised by IETM
The meeting brought together more than 50 cultural mobility funders & stakeholders as well as residency professionals from Europe, Asia and Australia to brainstorm on the topic of access & reciprocity in relation to cultural mobility
The project partners include Australia Council for the Arts, Korea Arts Management Service, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Arts Network Asia, The Russian Theatre Union, and Theatre Entropia
The meeting gathered over 60 cultural mobility stakeholders & the goal was to create a common fund to support the mobility of artists and cultural professionals with a focus on South Europe, Asia and Australia
The various institutions were not able to materialise the main goal of multilateral co-operation, however, new forms of bilateral co-operations came about as a result of the meeting
In 2017, we decided to launch Mobility First!
2 years after the Athens meeting, in 2017, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) celebrates its 20th anniversary & builds on its continued support to cultural mobility by launching Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, a grant that supports international travel for artists & cultural professionals in the Asia-Europe & intra-Asia contexts.
Launched Mobility First! 2018 general open call for artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe
External cultural mobility experts Tay Tong (Singapore) and Ferdinand Richard (France) join the ASEF Mobility First! Selection Panel
First co-funding partnership; Adelaide Festival Centre and ASEF launch a joint call for Southeast Asian artists and cultural professionals to participate in the Borak Arts Series conference held for the first time outside Malaysia in Adelaide, Australia
End of Year 2; 889 applications received, 102 supported
Launched 2019 Mobility First! general open call for artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe
Second co-funding partnership; Cambodian Living Arts and ASEF launch a joint call for artists in conflict
Third co-funding partnership; The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands) and ASEF launch a joint call for women, youth, and minority groups
Fourth co-funding partnership; With the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ASEF launches a special open call for artists and cultural professionals who are nationals of Bangladesh, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan and Viet Nam
End of Year 3; 1,300 applications received; 137 artists supported