Mobility Spaces – On the Move Granted European Union Funding for Networks

Mobility Spaces

On the Move has been selected for the European Union funding (Creative Europe 2021-2027 - Network Strand) with the project Mobility Spaces (MxS) for the period 2022-2024. Below you can find a summary of objectives for the Mobility Spaces project, as well as upcoming activities and projects, and an outline of the spaces of exchange, thinking and interaction that we envisage creating with it.

The objectives at a glance

Through the Mobility Spaces project, On the Move aims to:

  • Contribute to the recovery and resilience of OTM members and the culture sector in the light of the COVID-19 crisis that has had such a deep impact on European and international mobility and on the lives of arts professionals.
  • Support mobility stakeholders to build responsiveness in relation to global interdependencies and challenges, whether individual or societal, and to reverse harmful trends reinforced by the pandemic.
  • Propose to the culture sector ways to adopt more environmentally friendly practices and explore new forms of digital mobility to continue bringing cultural experiences to European and international communities.
  • Continue to be a unique and ever more needed knowledge platform by enhancing access to mobility opportunities and funding schemes, monitoring information, analysing trends, and sharing research findings, influencing policymaking and strategic thinking.
  • Create diverse spaces for interaction on mobility-related issues at national, European and international levels, to accompany innovation and improve experiences.

The ‘spaces’ in a nutshell

In 2022-2024, On the Move will arrange, facilitate and/or co-organise multiple spaces of exchange:

  • Networking activities involving all members and thematic working groups, as well as welcoming external organisations and individuals wishing to contribute to and benefit from the knowledge exchange taking place online and on-site.
  • Capacity building activities targeting different stakeholder profiles within and beyond On the Move’s membership, particularly in less covered regions and countries. Addressing everyone from artists to governmental agencies, the goal is to develop strong intercultural competencies and a solid understanding of the various international contexts, as well as to adopt forward-looking practices in relation to environmental sustainability and principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
  • Research and data analysis activities in collaboration with key experts and international players, to collect and analyse data in order to study cross-border mobility flows and obstacles within Europe and between Europe and other continents.
  • Information activities to create and/or circulate mobility-related information to artists, culture professionals, and all stakeholders active in the creative value chain, making opportunities, funding sources, literature and innovative projects visible and accessible.
  • Advocacy activities together with other European cultural networks and international organisations to inform and influence policymakers at national, European and international levels, as well as to support the capacity of On the Move members to tackle social, societal, economic and political issues.

The activities in focus

MxS objectives translate into an ambitious multi-annual programme:

  • Spaces of encounters with a series of three Yearly Cultural Mobility Fora, 45 Working Group meetings, 6 Mobility Webinars, 3 Cultural Mobility Developers’ workshops supporting 30 new mobility multipliers, 1 Green Network Certification programme, and at least 72 Advocacy and Representation events – all expected to attract over 4900 participants.
  • Digital Spaces of Information with a multifunctional, accessible website featuring over 500 funded opportunities a year and an enriched online library, 3 Cultural Mobility Yearbooks, 3 new Mobility Funding Guides, 13 Briefings and Reports with experiences and learning from the MxS project – with the objective of reaching out to more than 40,000 end-users.

A bit more about these spaces:

Spaces of encounters

Digital Spaces of Information

Stay tuned for updates on MxS events, publications and resources!

Co-funded by the European Union