Finished projects

Her we list finished international cooperation projects.



Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2022

Youth and social circus are a measure of intervention based on the combination of circus arts, sports and social pedagogy. It targets the young but also various at-risk groups in order to support the empowerment and emancipation of individuals and assist with participants’ personal and social development by nurturing their self-esteem and trust in others, as well as by helping them to acquire social skills, express their creativity and realize their potential and become active citizens. In this approach, the primary goal is not to learn the circus arts, but rather to create social change because it helps individuals assume their place in a society. Various studies indicate that the socio- pedagogical and welfare impacts of social circus are undeniable. Due to these positive impacts, the surveys show that there is a growing need of formally educated youth and social circus professionals having not only knowledge in circus arts but also possessing a deep knowledge of pedagogy to work with the young and with people with fewer opportunities in the society.

This project bases on research and cooperation between four European universities, five social circus schools and European youth and social circus network Caravan. As the youth and social circus will also be part of official research-based teacher education programmes in higher education institutions, the quality and the esteem of youth and social circus training is expected to rise significantly. This way the project improves and extends the offer of European high-quality learning opportunities. 

Main coordinator: Tampereen Korkeakoulusaatio, Finland
Partner institutions: Sorin Sirkus, Finland, Caravan Reseau Europeen d Ecoles de Cirque a Finalite Pedagogogique, Belgium, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde Association, France, Galway Community Circus, Ireland, Circus Cirkör, Sweden, Cirqueon, Czech Republic, National Univeristy of Ireland Galway, Ireland, University Paris-Sud, France and Stockholm University of the Arts.

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Curating in Context

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2021

The aim of the Curating in Context project is to develop curatorial training with a strong focus on social impact through the involvement of local, regional and international actors, targeting individuals as well as cultural and civic organisations. The project aims to create educational resources and methods for use within the university and for the further education of cultural workers and citizens through strategies resulting from practices of performing arts and curators. Through methods of cross-pollination of know-how and best practices from the performing arts and civil society, the project also aims to collate the impact of the cultural and civil sectors on society. 

New formats of creating, presenting, disseminating and valorizing artistic works are needed to match current local and global entanglements. Curating in Context will create knowledge and opportunities for future curators to critically reflect and address different socio-political and economic contexts and develop curatorial methods to rethink the practices of performing arts in relation to the civil sector. 

Curating in Context aims to provide key competences and skills through which to:

• navigate between institutions, art organisations, civil society and the free-lance sector,

• enable and support sustainable self-employability,

• innovate fund-raising capabilities,

• manage artist led initiatives,

• create educational material that highlights reflection and engagement with art through context related perspectives such as production conditions, programming, organisation, governance, artistic practice and culture, the economy, the socio-political and cultural environment, and other institutional structures.

Main coordinator: Stockholm University of the Arts
Partner institutions: Tanzfabrik (NGO) Berlin, Lokomotiva (NGO), Skopje, North Macedonia and University of Zagreb, Croatia


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2021

This Project finds its overall framework in the European Opera Academy (EOA), a cross-border collaborative initiative launched by Conservatorium Maastricht in 2016 which includes 14 Academies of Music (HEI) in Europe.

EOALAB is the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project that aims to trigger innovation in the field of opera based on the innovative concept of shared education.

This project will act as a think tank of the European Opera Academy to jointly elaborate, test and further develop innovative approaches in opera education and training to be disseminated to and exploited by other EOA members as well as other High Education Institutions and associated institutions.

Based on the innovative concept of shared education, the vision of this project is to trigger innovation in the opera field in Europe and beyond. EOALAB aims to reinforce the link between education, training and labor market through innovative student-centered teaching and learning approaches, by strengthening cross-border collaboration and exchange of best practices to make opera training laboratories for artistic experimentation and employability both for students and young professionals.

Main coordinator: Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherlands
Partner institutions: AEC (Association Europeene des Conservatoires), Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen, Belgium, Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito, Parma, Italy Instituto Politecnico do Porto – ESMAE, Portugal, Jazepa Vitola Latvijas Muzikas akademija, Riga, Latvia, Lietuvos Muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius, Lithuania and Stockholm University for the Arts, Stockholm.

Beyond Art Disciplines (BAD)

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2018-2020

The main objective of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Beyond Art Disciplines (BAD) is to explore and establish creative collaborative learning approaches within the frame of transdisciplinary and transnational cooperation with the active participation of students, teachers, staff members and other practitioners from the professional field of the arts, forming an international community of practice. In such a learning system, professionals from different disciplines come together based on a belief in the possibilities of unexpected knowledge, meaning or effects resulting from such encounters.

Main coordinator: Stockholm University of the Arts
Partner institutions: Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands

Meeting place music theatre landscape

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2015-2017

The Meeting place music theater landscape: Phase 2 was a strategic partnership and aimed to expand the opportunities for both stage artists and landscape architects to develop their methods within conceptions of the current European social landscape, exploring both domestic and inter-country tensions that the landscape contains, both literally and figuratively.
The project aimed to bring together artists, researchers, designers, students, special environments, across the EU institutions with exploration of community, theory and creative practice.

Stockholms konstnärliga högskola was the main coordinator.

Building Bridges

An international program for film, media and performing arts.
Building Bridges (15 credits) provided opportunities for students and teachers to broaden their fields of work and meet new aspects of their artistic work in an international context. During one year, 25 students and 10 teachers from five educational institutions meet for three work periods in three different cities. In between, the work was based on distance work in groups formed by a student from each institution.

The partner schools are:
• School of Visual Arts, New York
• Experimental Theatre Wing, TISCH, New York University
• Stockholm konstnärliga högskola
• Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
• Aalto University of Arts, Helsingfors


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership

This two-year strategic partnership aimed to modernize curricula and teaching and learning methods in higher music education through the further development of the European Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP). The strategic partnership was focusing on developing new content and sustainable structures for NAIP education in curricula, mobility and recognition. It developed competence in the field of new target groups and innovative methods, especially in the pedagogical knowledge and skills of NAIP teachers, as well as to strengthen the position of NAIP philosophy in regular education programs. It developed and disseminated ideology creative collaborative learning methods that address the aforementioned problems, with the aim of increasing collaborative composition, improvisation, practice-based research and building personal skills in traditional education.

The Iceland Academy of the Arts was the main coordinator.


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2015-2018

NextMove was a three-year development project under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership program and aimed to explore and develop new technologies to meet the changing needs of today's society in the teaching of dance, music and other art forms.

The Department of Dance Pedagogy at SKH was the main coordinator and together with Stichting ArtEZ in the Netherlands and the Jyske Music Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark, create a joint course to be performed regularly. The focus was on developing methods and introducing entrepreneurship to reach a new and wider audience.