Atlantic Ties – Culture & Economic Development


Priority Axis 4 of the new Interreg VB Atlantic Area programme refers to “cultural assets and heritage” and will be inviting project proposals from partnerships across the Atlantic Area. This area covers

  • France: Aquitaine, Basse-Normandie, Bretagne, Haute-Normandie, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes
  • Ireland (all)
  • Portugal (all)
  • Spain: Andalucía, Canarias, Cantabria, Comunidad Foral de Navarra, Galicia, País Vasco, Principado de Asturias
  • United Kingdom: Cheshire, Cornwall & Isles Of Scilly, Cumbria, Devon, Dorset & Somerset, East Wales, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Bristol Bath area, Greater Manchester, Highlands and Islands, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northern Ireland, South Western Scotland, West Wales & the Valleys

This Priority Axis 4 of the Atlantic Area programme is one of the few opportunities for the arts, culture, heritage and creative industries within the Interreg programme, and Euclid is running a major one day conference at Tate Liverpool on 10 March 2016 that will:

  • Explain the Interreg VB Atlantic Area programme and the focus on “cultural assets and heritage”
  • Outline practical issues around the application process including forthcoming deadlines
  • Provide a platform for around 20 organisations to briefly present their organisation and their project ideas
  • Offer a structured networking opportunity for all participants to meet others present to explore potential projects.
  • Include a brief summary of other EU funding programmes relevant to the arts, culture and heritage

The conference will be promoted across all the eligible regions and it is expected that there will be at least 50 delegates, with the goal that at least half will be from outside the UK. Speakers will include:

  • Geoffrey Brown, Director of Euclid, UK
  • Daniel Clement, Director, Atlantic Area Technical Secretariat, Porto, Portugal
  • Filippo Compagni, UK Contact Point for the Atlantic Area programme
  • Carl James, coordinator of the CISNET (Creative Industries Support Network) and CINEW (Creative Industries Network European Window) projects, 2010-15 (funded by the Atlantic Area programme)
  • At least one other speaker from the Conference of Atlantic Arc cities and/or a previously successful Atlantic Area project

The conference will be at Tate Liverpool, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary art galleries – note that their Matisse exhibition runs until 2 May. The conference will be on Thursday 10 March and will run from 10am to 4.30pm.

Conference places will be £150 / approx. €200 – with a reduce price of £100 / approx. €135 for Connexus members – Connexus membership is £25 / approx. €34 per annum and you can join Connexus at To book your place, please select the appropriate option from the menu at the left.

Please note that there are cheap flights via Ryanair or Easyjet to Liverpool & Manchester airports (Manchester is about an hour by train from Liverpool) from a number of airports in France (Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges, Nantes), Ireland (Cork, Derry, Dublin, Knock, Shannon), Portugal (Faro, Lisbon, Porto) and Spain (Asturias, Bilbao, Canary Islands, Malaga, Santiago de Compostela, Seville).

Information in flights and accommodation can be found here.

If you planning to attend this event, you are urged to register your organisation on the new Creative Partners website which provides a platform for creative organisations to search for partners – and to add listings of their own organisations.  This has recently been launched and now has over 85 listings from over 15 countries (including from France, Ireland, Spain and the UK). It is free to add your organisation to this website.