About the Project 

Trans-National Creative Exchange is an international platform supporting the most exciting emerging creative talent from Europe and China. It fosters both professionals and students in the development and internationalization of their careers, allowing them to work in partnership to experiment, create and present new work for all, whilst gaining valuable experience and establishing professional relationships for their future careers. Bringing together a rich spread of artistic, audio visual, entrepreneurial and technological expertise. TNCE fosters creative students, graduates and professionals opportunities through:

  • residencies, mentoring, workshops, competitions, exchanges ( interdisciplinary )
  • knowledge sharing ( conferences, international events, digital connectivity)
  • showcasing (exhibitions, festivals, virtual exhibitions)

The cutting edge technological and creative expertise within the partnership is pivotal to maximizing results, and there is a strong emphasis on the development of digital products to solve solutions in relation to the sharing of results and to reaching new and wider audiences.

The 2 year project lead by Southampton Solent University brings together international partners including Solent Showcase Gallery, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. CIT, Wandesford Quay Gallery, The Hague University of Applied Science, Recontre Audiovisuelles and China Academy of Art/Shanghai Institute of Design.


Aims and Objectives


  • To provide recent graduates with support and resources to help them establish and internationalize their careers
  • To maximize graduate employability in the creative sector
  • To support creative practice and make new work
  • To encourage interdisciplinary working
  • To develop digital solutions for promotion and audience development in the creative sector
  • To interact with local communities and audiences



  • To develop a support model for graduates which involves residencies, mentoring, competitions and professional practice and knowledge sharing
  • To broaden graduate networks and audience base to maximize employability
  • To offer graduates studio space, support networks, mentoring and technical support
  • To bring together creative and IT fields to develop digital solutions
  • To bring together graduates, practitioners and organizations from different disciplinary backgrounds


Activity 1:


TNCE will promote a streamlined interdisciplinary programme of activities which offers students and graduates relevant pathways which support them in developing experience and skills necessary for international working. These activities (“happenings”) include  residencies, workshops, exchanges and competitions which will directly support a groups of students and graduates on an intensive level, Support will include tutoring and mentoring from professionals, facilitating connections to professional networks, providing access to state of the art digital equipment  facilities and technical support. This interdisciplinary approach is intended to allow graduates to develop networks and collaborations outside of their set disciplines opening up new and exciting opportunities for them and the sector. This approach will not only benefit the participants directly: the knowledge gained and support models developed through these activities will also have an impact on beneficiaries on a broader level by communicating to different audiences through different channels on a local, regional and international level.










Activity 2: Product Development

Digital Products and prototypes will be developed offering TNCE and the creative sector new solutions to marketing and audience development. Innovative use of digital technologies binds the project together, the interdisciplinary nature of the partner skills and knowledge base is a critical success factor in creating real products. A similar approach to activity 1 will be taken, where groups of students, academic and technical staff come together across different disciplines to create a digital applications (“APPs”) In many cases the work completed will form part of student’s assessments across different disciplines including computer programming, design, illustration, computer generated imagery, computer games and animation. It is also intended to digitally tour the exhibition of the graduate work produced as part of the Solent Summer Residency to two of the partner countries. This will build on prototypes already developed by the Southampton Solent University through the Interreg IVA Two Sea VIVID project for the heritage sector. “The Virtual Exhibition Project” www.vividsolent.com.










Activity 3: Knowledge Sharing

A series of conferences and international events are planned throughout the project, to maximise the knowledge sharing element of TNCE. These events will allow creative players from Europe and China to share and gain valuable knowledge which will strengthen their ability to operate successfully on an international platform. Students, Graduates and early career artists are a target audience offering them professional practice opportunities. These events will also raise the profile of TNCE project and other similar European projects.









Activity 4: Showcasing

Touring the new work from the summer residency will develop new international audiences and allow the graduates work to be seen on an international platform. This will also raise the profile of the project on a local, regional and international level. In particular, an opportunity for up and coming artists from across Europe to exhibit their work in China will give them valuable experiences and opportunities at an early point of their career thus maximising the potential for further international working within  the creative sector. It is also intended to digitally tour the exhibition to two of the partner countries. This will be made possible through the virtual exhibition product developed in activity 2. The touring exhibition has been scheduled where possible to link up with larger events which attract a significant number of visitors, including the International Week in The Hague.

An important activity will be involving young people, hard to reach groups and the community. The workshops will be inspired by the group exhibition and graduates involved in the residencies will be trained to deliver workshops to different groups to coincide with the touring exhibition in their home countries. The workshops will be delivered through and with the support of the galleries and exhibition spaces involved in TNCE.