Welsh arts organisations receive highly coveted recognition from European Commission
The European Commission defines ‘success stories’ as "finalised projects that have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach and can be a source of inspiration for others". Of the 33 projects awarded ‘success story’ status from across the EU (out of a pool of 738 funded projects between 2007 and 2013), three were UK led, and two of these three are associated with Chapter.
One of the projects is the Chapter / Coreo Cymru led ‘Dance Roads Open Progress’, which aimed to develop and expand the provision to the contemporary dance sector in Europe through promoter platforms, artist residencies and mentoring programmes. The project also created a tool to map cross-border dance networks in Europe and included partners from the Netherlands, Italy, France and Canada. Carole Blade, Coreo Cymru’s Creative Producer and the DROP Project Co-ordinator comments:
"For DROP to be recognised as a ‘Success Story’ amongst such a large and impressive field is a huge accolade for Chapter and the Dance Roads network partners. It was a delight managing the complex multi-layered dance programme and leading the network, which has since expanded to eight European countries. We are currently awaiting a funding decision from Creative Europe for our next project and this award bodes well for another successful result."
The second ‘success story’ project is national photography agency Ffotogallery led ‘European Prospects: Visual Explorations in an Undiscovered Continent’, which used photography and contemporary art to examine questions of identity and experience in an enlarged European Union. Ffotogallery operates from Chapter and its gallery in Penarth, as well as organising the city-wide biennial Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography. David Drake, Ffotogallery’s Director comments:
"Over 500 artists from around Europe participated in European Prospects exhibitions, workshops and events in Wales, Germany, France and Lithuania, reaching audiences of around 70,000 and some 30 Welsh artists presented work abroad. The strength of the international partnership developed is such that Ffotogallery continues to work extensively in Europe after the EU funded period ended."
As a consequence of this selection as ‘success stories’, the EU Commission will give both projects extra visibility and acknowledgement, for instance on their websites and social media, and when preparing documentation for conferences or other events with high-ranking attendance. Chapter’s Chief Executive Andy Eagle comments:
"It is extraordinary that not one but two of the 33 officially recognised EU " success stories" have originated from within the Chapter family. One that Chapter has directly managed for the last five years, Coreo Cymru and the second from one of its valued and accomplished resident companies, Ffotogallery. These recognitions prove how invaluable the human capital and work of the Chapter family is and how closely connected we all are through the physical buildings. Cardiff and Wales should be proud of these significant creative achievements."