Exploratory mapping of intermediary organisations supporting performing arts circulation in Europe

The SPACE network, acronym for Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe, commissioned an exploratory research on the profiles and role of intermediary organisations in improving artist mobility and performing artworks circulation in Europe. The research was conducted and written by Cristina Farinha in 2011.

SPACE was initially supported by the EU as a pilot project for the period 2008-2011. As a platform that links national/regional organisations that promote performing arts mobility, it decided yo invest on the improvement of the sector's intermediaries capacity building in view of fruitful and sustainable mobility. The present exploratory mapping is meant to initiate a reflection on the sector's organisational models and dynamics.

This report discusses the intermediary position and features a set of profiles of organisations active in this domain, having the SPACE members as a case study, with a focus on the initiatives and tools put in place for mobility promotion. It contributes this way to draw the sector's institutional panorama within the EU and shed light on its logics: the number and diversity of intermediaries in operation in each country/region reflects the autonomy and regulation of the sector that in its turn, mirrors political, economical and geographical contexts.

The study finalises with recommendations for organisations and policy makers to integrate mobility as a structural feature to their practices. From local to international, across different institutional levels, the sector´s organisations may play an important mediation role in view of building up a (performing) arts community across borders.


Download the research: Exploratory Mapping of Intermediary Organisations


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