Internationalization of Spanish Culture through Artist and Artistic Production Mobility and the Encouragement of Creation

Where
Spain
When
2016
Who
AC/E (Acción Cultural Española/Spain's Public Agency for Cultural Action), under the State Secretariat for Culture
Key objectives of the measure:

It is developed by AC/E.

AC/E (Acción Cutural Española / Spain's Public Agency for Cultural Action) brings an open and global approach to the organisation of projects, ensuring they can circulate fluently from the local to the regional and international sphere through this network of national and international collaborating institutions. Support for Spanish artists within and beyond our borders From heritage to emerging art, from cinema to photography, from science to history and from architecture to town planning, AC/E’s projects explore the most diverse aspects of Spain’s contribution to universal culture while also updating it with the most recent contributions from our creators. AC/E consolidates and supports the international presence of our emerging artists at international events, while fostering and strengthening networking between international creators and programmers. International programme of projects involving designers, scientists and creators AC/E takes overseas scientific and technological projects of cutting-edge sectors of our cultural and creative industry – industries of growing importance in Spain’s and Europe’s economy and whose internationalisation AC/E supports

It promotes the mobility of works, productions, artists, creators, agents and cultural professionals through a program of aid to mobility.

This support to the Spanish cultural sector is provided in the traditional environments and in the new production and distribution modalities of the creative industries. Priority is given to those proposals of the creative sector which are less consolidated and more in need of external projection, and are characterized as best reflecting the contemporaneousness, creativity and plurality of today’s Spanish culture.

Scope of the measure:
International
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

The PICE (Program for Internacionalization of Spanish Culture), in its modality for Mobility, is aimed at providing incentives to benchmark foreign cultural organisations and institutions – both public and private – to encourage them to feature Spanish artists and culture professionals and creators in overseas programmes in order to enhance the international visibility, mobility and recognition of these artists, professionals and creators, especially emerging.

With its grants the Programme facilitates the internationalisation of Spain’s creative and culture sector by fostering its transnational circulation through the presence of its creators and professionals in overseas activities generated and promoted by these foreign organisations and institutions by means of their programmes of events, festivals, exhibitions, tours, etc. 

The purpose of the PICE, in its modality for Visitors, is to facilitate the presence in Spain of prestigious influencers, agents, professionals and programmers in the fields of art and culture, so that they can enjoy a first-hand experience of the Spanish cultural and creative sector in its different areas and establish direct and personal relations. Visits will preferably take place within the framework of sectorial and specific events held in Spain, in order to build up links with creators, artists and professionals from the cultural and creative sector in Spain with an eye to reaching agreements for programmes and collaborations abroad. By means of these grants for foreign visitors to Spain, the programme encourages the internationalisation of the Spanish creative sector and is complemented ex post by the other programme modality, mobility grants, which is an incentive for Spanish artists, professionals and creators to travel abroad to develop the above-mentioned agreements.

 

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The general purpose is to have a flexible and effective instrument for projecting an image of Spain as a talented country that is innovative and dynamic in its artistic production and proud of its legacy. Culture, language and historic and contemporary heritage are essential components of Spain’s image.

AC/E brings an open and global approach to the organisation of projects, ensuring they can circulate fluently from the local to the regional and international sphere through this network of national and international collaborating institutions. Support for Spanish artists within and beyond Spanish borders, from heritage to emerging art, from cinema to photography, from science to history and from architecture to town planning, AC/E’s projects explore the most diverse aspects of Spain’s contribution to universal culture while also updating it with the most recent contributions from Spanish creators. AC/E consolidates and supports the international presence of our emerging artists at international events, while fostering and strengthening networking between international creators and programmers. International programme of projects involving designers, scientists and creators AC/E takes overseas scientific an scientific and technological projects of cutting-edge sectors of our cultural and creative industry – industries of growing importance in Spain’s and Europe’s economy and whose internationalisation AC/E supports.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

 2015 Figures.

- Grants for visitors, 297 226€

- Mobility grants: 667 924€

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The program is evaluated yearly, and the evaluation results are made public. The study is carried out by the Research and Social Studies Unit of the University of Comillas. It is based in surveys to applicants, participants and institutions. It has a section of "recommendations", which is the basis of changes in the program that are implemented every year.

As of 2015, the main figures are: 965 150€ allocated, from which 667 924 to Movility grants and 297 226€ to Visitors.

Mobilities were made to 51 different countries, in 503 institutions.

In visitors program, they were 160 profesionals in 155 Spanish institutions.

 

 

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production