Allocation of funding for the mobility of artists and cultural operators
Recognising the growing need for cultural professionals to have access to mobility, the RCF is re-opening, as of 2022, what has always been at the heart of its activities for twenty years: the allocation of mobility grants.
In line with the RCF’s mission, the call is open to artists and cultural operators who wish to travel to the destination of their choice. The objectives of these grants are reviewed in the context of current crises and changes in the cultural landscape: thus, the 2022 call was dedicated to women artists involved in South-South mobility.
Support and learning related to mobility
The Fund supports artists and cultural professionals in their mobility projects, guiding them in their search for funding but also offering advice and contacts that could facilitate the development of their work and nurture peer-to-peer exchanges in order to prepare for and maximise their mobility experience. Drawing on theoretical contributions and peer practices, the RCF has also developed a training program for professionals on the new challenges of mobility and how artists and cultural operators are re-imagining their mobility today.
Actions in progress
- Support for young artists and cultural operators « Ready, Steady, Go » offering support in preparing for mobility. This program is tailored to the needs of each student, with the possibility of a hybrid modality (face-to-face and distance learning);
- Training development « Reimagining mobility » : This project aims to re-imagine the mobility of artists and cultural operators based in the Mediterranean region by promoting their inclusion in the cultural scene and international circuits through a 10-month participatory learning method, both virtual and physical, focused on the exchange of ideas and good practices.
Advocacy to support mobility
Mobility is an essential component of the trajectories of artists and cultural operators:
- It allows informal training by encouraging the exploration of new places, practices and aesthetics;
- It develops professional opportunities through partnerships and the discovery of new job opportunities
- It promotes better knowledge of the diversity of the Mediterranean and contributes to forging links in this region and beyond.
Over the 20 past years, the RCF has developed expertise in the issues and practices of mobility in the cultural sector throughout the Mediterranean region. This expertise informs advocacy work for mobility at local, national and European level, which should contribute to the development of public initiatives in favor of mobility and in line with the needs of the sector. The publication of a Manifesto for cultural mobility in the Mediterranean and worldwide stems from that objective.
Cooperation and networking
The RCF invests in the Euro-Mediterranean cultural scene and contributes to the reflection on cultural mobility in the framework of seminars, workshops, and international meetings in the region. Such an investment contributes to monitoring mobility and advocating in its favour.
The RCF positions itself as a partner in the development of cooperation projects with cultural and artistic organisations in the region that invest in cultural mobility and explore new ways to reinvent mobility for artists and cultural actors.