Recent news of the Joint Working Group on Culture
The Barents Joint Working Group on Culture works actively in the arena of culture. The group, as all the working groups, consists of members of all four Barents countries. JWGC aims to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the Barents region.
This year the group has established a Barents Scholarship for Cultural Cooperation, a scholarship awarded to professional artists and artistic associations within the cultural field in the Barents region. The scholarship is given based on Experience and ambitions - experience with cultural cooperation across borders in the Barents Region and ambitions for further development of projects as well as Artistic quality in previous work and Barents affiliation - The recipient must be a resident of and work within the Barents Region. Scholarships are awarded every second year, once per JWGC chairmanship period. All 14 counties in the Barents region can nominate one artist, and JWGC chooses one recipient from each country. The scholarship is 10 000 € and is to be used in accordance with the purpose of the scholarship. First recipients of the grant will be decided in summer 2017.
Previous projects of JWGC include for example Barents Cultural Initiative Incubator-project which supported the creation of cultural events and projects. As outcome of the project applications for different financial programmes were created.
JWGC encourages facilitating and promoting networking, creating different kinds of new cultural meeting places, focusing on the strong relationship between culture and cultural and creative industries as well as creating new international opportunities for strengthening the competitiveness of the cultural operators in the Barents Region.