BAC to forge links among Europe’s independent artists

Battersea Arts Centre is developing a programme to create a network of independent artistic practitioners across Europe.

The south London venue has issued a call-out for both larger organisations and smaller companies or solo artists to work with it to develop its Common Creative Cause programme.

David Jubb, joint artistic director of BAC, said the programme’s aim is to create new relationships and support between artists, which will also result in new commissions across Europe. Partner organisations, which will be selected to work alongside BAC in leading the programme, will collaborate with a small number of artists, producers and curators.

He explained that there is often a tendency for individuals working alone or in collectives and small groups to become isolated from more established organisations.

“This is a joining-the-dots programme,” he said. “Independent practitioners and larger arts organisations have a huge amount to contribute to one another. We, as large organisations, can learn a massive amount from the inspiration and lightness of touch that individuals often have and the non-bureaucratic way they work. But they can also learn from us about skill resources, learning, creating networks and contacts.”

Jubb added: “This programme will build on previous ones we have run. From those, independent artists have expressed an interest in collaborating more with European artists because some of the challenges that UK artists face are the same for European artists.”

The programme is expected to run for two years, from 2013 to 2014. BAC will make an application to the European Union’s Culture Programme (2007-13), which funds artistic projects, cultural bodies and policy analysis across Europe.

Potential partner organisations and independent practitioners have until September 7 to register their interest, by emailing jessip@bac.org.uk.

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