About Creative Europe Desk UK

Creative Europe Desk UK is led by the British Council and the British Film Institute, in partnership with Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Welsh Government and Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and with support from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the European Commission.

Creative Europe Desk UK’s main role is to help promote awareness and understanding of the EU’s Creative Europe programme, to provide advice and support to applicants and to encourage organisations from the UK to become involved in successful applications. We do this by email, over the phone, through Twitter and Facebook as well as through events, either run by us or on cooperation with other organisations. Our team of specialists are based in all four UK nations, in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.

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This website focuses on Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme while a new joint website bringing together MEDIA and Culture is being developed.

Creative Europe Desk UK – Culture replaces the UK Cultural Contact Point (CCP) which was run by Visiting Arts 2010-2013.

Meet the Culture team of Creative Europe Desk UK – England:

Christoph Jankowski

Christoph Jankowski is Head of Creative Europe Desk UK – Culture, England, and Culture Advisor, UK, and is based at the British Council.

Christoph managed the UK Cultural Contact Point for the European Commission’s Culture programme for 4 years, from 2010 to 2013. He has considerable knowledge and experience of European arts and cultural projects and networks, the European Union, and European funding. He has worked with several EU-funded projects, including IN SITU, the European network for performing arts in public spaces and has worked extensively on cultural policy at national and European level.

He speaks several languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and some Danish) and is also a freelance writer/researcher. Among other topics he has written about cultural development in Marseille and the city’s successful bid for European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Claire Sharples is the Coordinator for Culture for the Creative Europe Desk UK – England and is based between the British Council and the Arts Council England offices in Manchester. After completing her study in Art History and Visual Culture, Claire remained in London, freelancing in arts, culture and media production for several years. She returned to Manchester in 2010 and was employed in both cultural facilitation and public sector communications.

During the last two years Claire has been travelling and working in Europe and Asia. She has spent time with the Creative Europe team in Slovakia, as well as teaching and supporting arts education projects in China and India. Claire returns to join the Creative Europe Desk UK -England, offering her experience of interdisciplinary collaboration and socially engaged creative practice.

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