Are you looking for advice, looking for more information about visa, or current information about Covid-19 related travel restrictions? Our Mobility Info Point can advise you when you have plans to go abroad or when you are working with foreign artists, performers and intermediaries. Contact Laurens Meijer, the advisor at Mobility Info Point, through this page.

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Videos on this topic

Have a look here at why we and other On the Move members believe cultural mobility is important (2015)

Watch here the discussions and debates of the ArtCop21, which took place in Paris in December 2015 when world policymakers met to discuss sustainable development goals (COP21).


Researches about cultural mobility

Researches about cultural mobility

The TransArtists desk initiates, collects, follows, and distributes research into the artist-in-residence phenomenon and beyond. This page lists various researches and publications linked to artistic and cultural mobility in general. We included two special focuses, on visa and on sustainability.

If you are looking for advice or up-to-date information about cultural mobility during Covid-19, visit our Mobility Info Point page.

Focus on cultural mobility

International mobility and cultural exchange for artists to and from the USA, DutchCulture | TransArtists, 2015

A short handout with many useful links about international exchange with the USA, especially when it comes to practical issues (visa, tax, work permit, funding, etc). This handout was produced for the Alliance of Artists' Communities annual conference 2015, for the panel on international mobility with TransCultural Exchange and TransArtists. Download the handout in pdf.

Mobility and Touring in Central Africa, Arts Move Africa, 2015

"Mobility and Touring in Central Africa" provides an overview of the general patterns in mobility in the region; an overview of the main actors involved in the region's cultural sector; and an analysis of the importance and frequency of artistic mobility from that geographical area towards the rest of the African continent.

The Challenges of Mobility Research, Debates and Practices, Editor(s): Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, Serene Huleileh, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015

What kind of knowledge, ideas and visions, do mobility practices generate? How does mobility, and its restrictions, produce and contrast the transformation and alteration of geographies, borders, territories, cities and conflict areas? How do mobility practices contribute to creating new narratives, cultural representations and counter-representations? How could cultural mobility contribute to a responsible and sustainable transformation of society? What are the impacts of mobility? What can be learned through the analysis of the relationship between mobility, art, education, intercultural dialogue, human rights and volunteerism? Those are the questions taken as starting point for this publication, that you can order at Cambridge Schloars Publishing.

Art & Mobility, InterArtive special issue #55, 2013

As Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio puts it in the introduction, "The primary purpose of this special issue on “Art and Mobility” is to reflect on the multiple aspects of cultural and artistic mobility and to open the way towards a transdisciplinary field of study that increasingly claims its place in the analysis and research of the social and cultural dynamics of the contemporary world.". It is an important collection of different voices on the topic of arts and mobility, including a few specific articles about residencies.

Move On! Cultural Mobility for beginners, On the Move, 2012

Emerging artist ? Don't know yet where to start or what it means to be mobile ? Have a look at the Guide "Move on! Cultural mobility for beginners" produced by On the Move with the collaboration of Trans Artists. There you will find tips, links and advices to start with your mobility experiences. Free download in English, French, German and Italian on the OTM website.

On the Move: Exploring Cultural Mobility, Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2012

Young cultural managers are active at different places in various projects all across Europe. The publication of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers tries to trace which effects mobility has in the sector of cultural management – on a personal level as well as in further areas. By Antje Kohlrusch und Ciprian Marinescu.
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Mobility and touring in East Africa, Arts Move Africa, 2011/2012

The objective of the research was to identify the main actors involved in the performing arts and visual arts fields in East Africa and to analyse the importance and frequency of artistic mobility from that geographical area towards the rest of the African continent. There are two guides, one on performing arts and one on visual arts

Networks: the evolving aspects of culture in the 21st century, Ed. Biserka Cvjetičanin, CultureLink Network, 2011

Researchers from all continents, gathered at the Third World Culturelink Conference on the occasion (Zagreb, 2009), focus on the topic of cultural networks and the evolving aspects of culture in the 21st century. They investigate the role and relevance that cultural networks have in cultural development and intercultural dialogue and exchange, leading to a better understanding of different cultures. The results (and more) of this meeting are published in this book, edited by Biserka Cvjeticanin. You can download it for free on CultureLink Network website.

Report on Crowdfunding Schemes in Europe and their Legal Implications, EENC, 2011

The resulting analytical report presents a synthesis on the practices of crowdfunding schemes in the cultural and creative sector in Europe, an analysis of issues which potentially affect EU competences and/or regulatory frameworks and a set of recommendations in the field of EU and national regulation. In addition to public authorities, the report can be relevant to anyone active in the cultural field and with an interest in new forms of funding and participation. Download the report on EENC website.

Challenges for mobility – recommendations from the visual arts sector, IGBK, 2009

The German association of visual arts (IGBK) organised in 2008 a meeting focused on existing obstacles that visual artists face when mobile and the question how to make things easier. Discussions were related to the four topics ‘customs and taxation’, ‘visa regulations’, ‘information: access and coordination’ and ‘supporting schemes’. The main outcomes of the meeting are outlined in the following document.

In Transit - a study on international law and the mobility of artists, art works, cultural goods and services, by R. Polacek and J.Staines, 2009

The aim of the IN TRANSIT study is to provide an overview of the main international legal instruments which impact on the mobility of artists, art works, cultural goods and services. Case studies of bilateral and multilateral legal agreements give practical insight into how legal instruments are used by countries across the world to enhance crossborder mobility.
View the report on On the Move.

Mobility Matters - programmes and schemes to support the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, ERICarts, 2008

The ERICarts Institute carried out a six month study for the European Commission between April and October 2008 on mobility incentives in the culture/creative sector. This was not intended to be an audit of all mobility related schemes in Europe, but rather a survey and analysis of the range and scope as well as motives and results of such programmes.

Shifting Map, RAIN, 2004

Shifting Map is a presentation of artists' platforms from Africa, Asia and Latin America, all part of the RAIN Artists' Initiatives Network. What significance can an artist have in the socio-political context in which he or she works? What is the position of artists' platforms in relation to established structures? How can intercultural exchange acquire depth? These and other questions are the focus of this book, in its lively exchange of experiences and ideas as well as its visual contributions. In this, Shifting Map joins the broad international discussions on social engagement in the arts, intercultural exchange, cultural identity and the dominant visual culture. With contributions by philosopher Reinaldo Laddaga and curator Charles Esche. (Backcover) You can buy it online via various platforms (paper cover).

Focus on visa problematics

Freemuse advocacy and campaign guide, 2015

Artists around the world face threats, attacks and imprisonment. Some are forced to flee into exile. The Freemuse Advocacy and Campaign guide, available in Arabic, French andPashto as well as English language suggests a number of practical actions organisations and individuals can take locally and internationally to support musicians and artists at risk. The guide offers advice on how you can efficiently document arts freedom violations, how to share the information and how to advocate for change. It provides information aboutinternational conventions relevant to issues of freedom of musical and artistic expression and defines the role of partner organisations in relation to the role of Freemuse when action is needed.

Artists mobility and visa: a step forward, On the Move, 2012

This report is a concise document presenting problems, explanations and concrete actions to undertake in order to help improve the conditions for mobile artists traveling across the Schengen borders. The report is meant in particular as a reference for cultural organisations and institutions based in the EU and inviting non-EU nationals for short periods, and for EU Member States and their representatives (at Embassies, Consulates), who are responsible for the way the visa procedures are handled and for the final decision taken on applications. Artists and cultural professionals can find in this report selected and concise information related to the Schengen visa process.

Artist Visa Applications: a quick guide for success, Freemuse, 2010

When you deal with visa issuing offices and embassies it may sometimes be useful to refer to various points set out in international conventions and recommendations. Here are a few references that you can mention when you argue for smooth visa handling, collected by Freemuse in 2010. Download the guide for free in pdf.

Focus on (environmental) sustainability

Fresh Perspectives: Art for the Planet's Sake, IETM with COAL, 2015

"Climate change engulfs us. Scientists inform us that our civilisation is nearing collapse, unless we implement a radical change towards a low-carbon and low-resource economy. Tapping into a different instinct and rationale than political rhetoric, corporate sales-patter and scientific data, art prepares us for this change - not in calculations but in humanity. IETM's new Fresh Perspectives, produced in collaboration withCOAL, explores how."

Creative responses to Sustainability, Korea and Singapore reports, Ed. Yasmine Ostendorf , ASEF Culture360, 2015

Creative Responses to Sustainability is part of a series of guides looking at creative responses to sustainability in different countries in Asia. The guide map cultural initiatives across different Asian countries (Korea and Singapore available now, other coming soon) engaging with social and environmental issues. Commissioned by ASEF culture360 and authored by Yasmine Ostendorf.
Guide on Korea - Guide on Singapore

Green Art Lab Alliance Funding guide, GALA with On the Move, 2015

The idea for this funding guide emerged during the two-year development of the GALA project (May 2013 – May 2015) and synthesises some of the approaches and funding models used by GALA partners to commission environmentally-themed work and practically explore new ways of working. It aims to signpost artists to relevant funding bodies and encourage innovative ways to support cross-sector projects embedding environmental sustainability.

D'Art Report: Arts and environmental sustainability, IFACCA with Julie's Bicycle, 2014

D’Art Report 34b is the result of surveys and interviews carried out by Julie’s Bicycle and IFACCA between November 2013 and May 2014 and supplemented with desk-based research. It follows the D’Art Report 34, released jointly in 2009 by IFACCA and Arts Council England that presented examples of good practice in the arts and sustainability. D’Art 34b provides a snapshot of national policymakers’ level of engagement with environmental sustainability with an emphasis on policies, not on artistic content or wider arts practice.

The Green mobility guide - a guide to environmentally sustainable mobility for performing arts, Julie's Bicycle and On the Move, 2011

Commissioned by On The Move to creative industries environmental experts Julie’s Bicycle, the Green Mobility Guide offers practical recommendations for professionals across the performing arts, case studies and resources, including the Julie’s Bicycle “IG tool” for tracking carbon emissions while on tour. The guide is available in English, French, German, Italian and Chinese.