Creative Europe, the EU’s funding programme to support the creative and cultural sectors, recently announced the 2020 Cooperation Project results; the highly competitive funding supports collaborative cultural initiatives in European countries.

Award’s totalling €954,864 will support two respective Cooperation Projects involving Welsh partners, strengthening Wales – European relations despite Brexit uncertainty

The funding allows Swansea College of Art at UWTSD and Literature Across Frontiers at UWTSD to partner with organisations and institutions across Europe.

UWTSD is in the company of 22 UK-wide organisations benefitting from funding.  To date, the 2014-20 Creative Europe Culture sub-programme has awarded €9,898,348 to projects with Welsh partners, to undertake a range of Cooperation Projects, from performing arts to dance to literature and music.


Swansea College of Art at UWTSD – Craft Hub

Swansea College of Art partners with eight organisations to explore and celebrate the richness of Craft, including glass, ceramics, jewellery, stone-masonry, metalwork, textiles, furniture and digital making disciplines. 

The project will document and safeguard Craft knowledge, process, skills and maker motivation, drawing on this heritage to push the boundaries of Craft, and exploring new and experimental ways of making.

Maker exchange residencies, training & education workshops, exhibitions, craft awards, conferences, a Festival of Craft, Material Library and multi-media open access Digital Repository will afford makers and audiences across Wales the opportunity to engage with the international platform, and benefit from the collective expertise and skills.   

Dr Shelley Doolan, Senior Research Fellow at UWTSD leads on the project in Wales said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners, researchers and communities throughout Europe, exploring and celebrating the richness of Craft – its heritage as well as contemporary innovation."

“The diversity of Craft practice, attitudes and motivations of practitioners ensures that Craft remains alive and relevant in contemporary society. It affords scope for self-expression, a statement of creativity in a society dominated by mass production. Craft objects find a resonance with us in their reflection of our human scale and capabilities, our ability to manipulate and transform materials in ways that we comprehend if not always fully master ourselves.”

Partners - Carlow County Council (Ireland); Glasmalerei Peters (Germany); Tsaltampasi Apostolina and CO (Greece); Materahub (Italy); Designskolen Kolding (Denmark); Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) (Norway); Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal); Craft Scotland (Scotland)


Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) at UWTSD – LEILA

LAF embarks on a 3 year project with five partners to promote, translate and circulate contemporary Arabic literature, aiming at increasing awareness and translation into European languages.  The partnership will bring together a network of experts from the Euro-Arab literary field, provide capacity-building opportunities for translators, and publish a catalogue of recommended titles - New Books in Arabic.

LAF has extensive experience of working internationally, including leading on and collaborating in other Creative Europe supported projects.   This project sees continuation of work started more than a decade ago building connections between the Arab world and literary Europe.  This experience will ensure the LEILA project reaches and engages an important network of professionals across the Euro-Arab literary field.

Alexandra Büchler director at LAF said “We are thrilled to be part of the LEILA consortium and look forward to continuing our European cooperation through this and other projects. We are also very happy to see University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where we are based, leading on European cultural cooperation in Wales with two successful projects.”

“This initiative is long overdue and we will be able to put our extensive expertise and experience in connecting literary Europe with the MENA region to good use. The project will enhance the discoverability of contemporary literature written in Arabic across Europe, and create a network of professionals interested in promoting Arabic writing, forging new connections and synergies.”

Partners: iReMMO - Institut de Recherche et d'Études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient (France); ATLAS – CITL Association pour la promotion de la traduction littéraire (France); Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts (Belgium); Éditions Elyzad (Tunisia); LitProm (Germany)

The 2020 cohort of Cooperation Projects is the final round of Creative Europe funding that UK organisations were fully eligible to participate in, as part of the 2014-2020 programme.  The UK is not seeking to participate in the EU’s Creative Europe programme from 2021.

As of next year UK organisations will still be able to join these cross border Cooperation Projects, but as Third Country ‘associate partners’, alongside countries such as Canada and Japan. 

Welsh Government is a partner of Creative Europe Desk UK - the UK’s contact point for information, advice and support for applying to the EU’s Creative Europe programme.  You can contact Katie James, the Culture Manager for Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales, at for advice and information.


Image - 'UWTSD - photo by Amanda Roberts’  and  ‘Literature Across Frontiers – ArabLit’