About the programme (host)
About the programme (host)
i-Portunus Houses is part of the i-Portunus pilot scheme, co-funded by the European Commission, dedicated to testing diverse mobility models for artists, creators and cultural professionals. The i-Portunus Houses pilot puts focus on hosts, underlining their value in providing efficient residencies and working environments for creative individuals. The scheme is open for the 41 Creative Europe countries and offers a specific support for local hosts to team up with up to 5 artists and/or cultural professionals. After the piloting phase, a permanent mobility scheme will be included in the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
i-Portunus strongly believes in the professional value of making real-life contacts across European borders and collaborating with peers face-to-face. Hybrid forms of cultural mobility and collaboration via digital platforms may provide another form of transnational exchanges for artists and cultural professionals. Especially also for those who work and live in more remote places of Creative Europe countries. Cultural organisations and the creative professionals working in them urgently need to innovate and prepare for hosting their peers and co-producing also in the digital space. This is particularly important as long as the pandemic lasts, but also in view of a less travel-intense, more equally accessible and greener future of cultural mobility.
Under this new pilot scheme we will launch two similar calls, to enlarge the opportunities for physical mobility:
Round 1: Friday 21 May - Wednesday 30 June
Round 2: Monday 23 August - Sunday 3 October
Throughout both submission periods, a series of online peer-moderated i-Portunus Market Square events will be offered. The i-Portunus Market Square events are info- and matching sessions for hosts, artists and cultural professionals to identify, form and prepare new teams for successfully co-designing and submitting a joint collaboration proposal. These events are not mandatory.
The i-Portunus Houses pilot scheme will support mobilities focused on creating, connecting, learning and/or exploring. The scheme is open for all cultural sectors (except audio-visual sectors), approaches and working modalities. Applicants can propose both physical or a mix of physical and virtual mobilities (blended mobilities). Within this scheme a budget of 500.000, EUR is foreseen, of which a maximum of 30% will be spent on blended mobility (physical and virtual). Financial support is calculated based on the number of days spent during a physical mobility or type of virtual participation (create, connect, learn or explore).
A committee of cultural mobility experts from all over Europe will review all incoming proposals. Selected i-Portunus hosts then can proceed with realising their (blended) mobility collaboration projects and individual travel plans between the end of August 2021 (1st round) / beginning of December 2021 (2nd round) at the earliest until the end of May 2022 at the latest.
The i-Portunus Houses pilot scheme is implemented, on behalf of the European Commission, by a consortium of organisations that have been pioneers of European cultural mobility programmes themselves. Coordinated by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), the i-Portunus Houses consortium involves MitOst (Berlin) as main mobility implementation hub and the Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb) as lead evaluation and analysis hub.
Creative Europe countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Kingdom °
The UK participates in i-Portunus as long as it participates in the Creative Europe Programme.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
° Overseas countries and territories to which the provisions of part four of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union apply are Greenland, New Caledonia and Dependencies, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint-Barthélemy, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten), Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena and Dependencies, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.