UZ Arts Insitu Network wins major EU award
MEDIA RELEASE 18.05.16
UZ Arts and Insitu Network wins major EU Award
Glasgow’s UZ Arts – founders of the Europe-wide IN SITU network – to create new arts projects in public spaces with major four-year funding award
UZ Arts based in Glasgow co-founded the IN SITU network with partners in France and Austria who shared its passion for new forms of art and public space in 2003. It now has twenty-eight partner organisations from eighteen countries across Europe who together support the work of artists and build new audiences for outdoor arts projects that celebrate public spaces and build stronger communities.
Granted four-year funding of €1,940,000 (approx £1,520,000) by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme, IN SITU has a budget of 3,880,000 euros (£3,039,000) from November 2016 and will integrate two different but complementary projects: IN SITU ACT and IN SITU Platform. They will run side by side, creating opportunities to coordinate events in public spaces across Europe. They will promote emerging artists working outside conventional venues, build communities through public engagement with creative projects. IN SITU has been recognised by the European Commission as Europe’s leading network in this field.
UZ Arts is the only Scottish member of IN SITU and has led the development of the network as a member of the IN SITU Steering Group with particular responsibility for the UK and for International projects outside Europe.
UZ Arts Ltd. and its predecessor UZ Events has been leading the development of outdoor arts in Scotland since 1994 through festivals (Big in Falkirk, Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival and the Galoshans Festival), events such as the launch of the Year of the HomeComing and the International launch of the Kelpies and through commissioning artists and the development of residencies across Scotland, Europe and Sri Lanka.
“Since 2003, UZ’s contribution to the sector of art in public space and the visibility given to UK artists across Europe has been highly valuable. IN SITU ACT is about Art, Context & Territory. We look forward to an outstanding programme and a wonderful European playground for UZ Arts and UK artists to explore.”
Ariane Bieou, Coordinator IN SITU / IN SITU Project Manager
“IN SITU has been a very powerful network for Scottish artists, bringing opportunities for them to collaborate with artists across Europe and to present work to international audiences. It has also provided support for Scottish artists through international residencies in Europe and Sri Lanka. IN SITU has had a dramatic impact on Scottish audiences enabling UZ to bring increasing numbers of artists from across Europe to perform at festivals such as Big in Falkirk, Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival and, in 2015, the Galoshans Festival and to create new events across Scotland from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway.”
Neil Butler Artistic Director UZ Arts
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