European Resources

Visit our European Funding page for information on EU funding opportunities for museums and galleries.


Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO)

NEMO is an independent network of museum organisations representing the museum community of the European Member States.  NEMO ensures museums are an integral part of European life by promoting their work and value to policy makers and by providing museums with information, networking, and opportunities for co-operation.


Creative Europe Desk UK

Creative Europe Desk UK offers free advice and support to UK-based applicants of the Creative Europe funding programme.

Potential and successful applicants can find a variety of resources related to Creative Europe on their website:


Creative Europe LinkedIn Group

The Group aims to bring together potential partners from all Europe, sharing ideas, projects and efforts.


Creative Partners

This website, developed by independent advice provider Euclid, provides a platform for creative and cultural organisations to present themselves to those who are seeking partners, and to be a platform where people can search for partners for their projects.  Add your organisation or project idea – you can include images, a video and attachments. It is free to add a listing to Creative Partners.


European Museum Forum (EMF)

The EMF is a non-profit organisation involved in far-ranging activities throughout the cultural field and is committed to raising the standard of museums throughout Europe and to publicising excellence.  It organises the annual European Museum of the Year Award and provides international workshops to bring together like-minded museum professionals in a European setting.


Culture in EU External Relations

The purpose of Culture in EU External Relations is to facilitate and support ongoing research, exchange of knowledge and public debate about the role of culture in the EU’s external relations.  The final report Engaging the World: Towards Global Cultural Citizenship is available on their website along with a series of country guides examining the cultural situation, potential, and challenges in the respective countries.


South East Museum Development: Hampshire Solent European Funding Project

As part of their Cultural Partnerships work, SEMD aims to improve Hampshire Solent museums’ capability and capacity to work internationally.  To support this aim, SEMD is working with EU funding specialists Inspire-EU, with support from the Working Internationally Regional Project,  on a project that will identify partners who wish to collaborate on a 2-3 year project that focuses on developing the capacity and capability to work internationally, and support them to submit high quality applications for European funding.

UK organisations have a high rate of success in EU funding applications but we put in fewer applications than other EU countries. This project will support Hampshire Solent museums to develop the skills and confidence to develop great projects, establish effective partnerships and identify suitable funding sources. Participant museums will  receive intensive support to develop and submit high quality applications.

Key components include:

  • Three workshops
  • Mentoring
  • Support with partner research
  • Resources

Materials from Workshop One are now available online.

You can also download the EU Funding Jargon Buster and EU Funding Top Tips documents produced as part of the project.

To receive updates on this project, sign up for the Hampshire Solent newsletter.


Lending for Europe: Collections Mobility

This website was established in order to facilitate mobility of objects between museums of all European Member States.  In addition to substantial online information, there are two handbooks to download: Encouraging Collections Mobility – A Way Forward for Museums in Europe and a toolkit on practical ways to reduce the cost of borrowing cultural objects among European Member States.


UK Registrars Group: EU Indemnity Checklist

Currently over twenty European countries hold State Indemnity; there are also schemes in operation in other countries outside Europe, including USA and Australia.  The way schemes operate and the type of cover differs from State to State. Sam Cox, Registrar at Tate St Ives, in consultation with Naomi Lewis of the National Gallery and the Directors at Blackwall Green has prepared a checklist of questions to ask about other states’ indemnities along with examples for France and Spain. We intend to build on this with further ‘by country’ checklists.

Please note that this has been prepared as advice by UKRG members for UKRG members. It is correct to the best of our knowledge but if you require more detailed information about the suitability of EU countries’ indemnity cover for particular loans, please check with the lender and consult the appropriate issuing body.


Mobility of Artists and Culture Professionals

Mobility, whether for work, study, research, co-production, or participation in a residency or exchange programme, is becoming an integral part of the regular practice and career of artists and culture professionals. The role of the European Commission is to support and complement the actions of the Member States in order to reduce barriers to mobility, provide the right environment for it, and ensure that information and advice on mobility-related issues is easy to obtain, accurate, and comprehensive.

Download the Policy Handbook on Artists’s Residencies HERE


European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

The European Cultural Foundation bridges people and democratic institutions by connecting local cultural change-makers and communities across wider Europe.


Government Indemnity Schemes in European Member States

Written in 2010, this document gives a comprehensive overview of State Indemnity Schemes in Europe and the national systems of public guarantees in 31 European countries.


European Cultural Institutes

A number of European, and neighbouring, countries have cultural institutes in the UK.  If the country you are interested in working with is not listed below, contact the country’s Embassy or High Commission in the UK.


Austrian Cultural Forum

Bulgarian Cultural Institute

Czech Centre

Danish Cultural Institute

Finnish Institute

Flanders House

Goethe Institute

Hellenic Foundation for Culture

Helvetic Centre

Hungarian Cultural Centre

Institut Français

Instituto Cervantes

Italian Cultural Institute

Polish Cultural Institute

Pushkin House

Romanian Cultural Institute

Swedish Insititute

Turkish Cultural Centre

Ukrainian Institute

Wallonia-Brussels International