With the support of the Creative Europe funds of the European Unionthe European Media Art Network (EMARE) will expand its network from four to 11 countries, and transform into the European Media Art Platform (EMAP) by the end of this year. With this, the oldest media art residency program, the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE), which will celebrate its 23rd anniversary in 2018, will be continued and become the biggest international residency platform for emerging media artists.

The members will include some of the leading media art institutions from across Europe:

• Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle (Saale), Germany (lead organisation)
• Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
• Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
• Bandits Mages, Bourges, France
• Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool, United Kingdom
• IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands
• Kontejner, Zagreb, Croatia
• LaBoral Centro de Arte y Creación Indstrial, Guijón, Spain
• M-Cult, Helsinki, Finland
• RIXC, Riga, Latvia
• WRO Center for Media Art Foundation, Wroclaw, Poland

EMAP offers residencies tor new media artists in the fields of digital media, computer-based art, filmmaking, media based performance, sound, and video across its 11 members countries. Alongside this, participating artists are supervised and mentored by art market and film industry experts, as well as becoming part of an extended touring programme through the different members’ festivals.

The first EMAP/ EMARE call for artist submissions will be published by mid October 2017. The founding of EMAP will be pre-announced at the Ars Electronica’s Creative Europe Brunch in Linz on Saturday 10th of September , and officially launched in February at transmediale 2018 in Berlin.

The platform annually awards production grants to outstanding European media artists and supports research, production, presentation and distribution of media art in Europe and beyond.

Short history:
1995 the European Media Artists in Resicence Exchange (EMARE) was initiated by werkleitz, Hull Time Based Arts and Intermedia Department Budapest.
The ongoing residency exchange had various partners and members during the years. In 2007 the European Media Art Network (EMAN) was founded as institutional backbone for the EMARE program.
In 2007 and 2008 EMAN received support from the European Union’s ‘Culture 2007-2013’ program to organize a series of residencies for European artists as part of the residency programs of the four EMAN members. In 2012 and 2013 the EU supported an exchange of European and Mexican artists for residencies at the four European EMAN members and media art labs in Mexico. For 2014 and 2015 EMAN received similar EU funding to organize a residency exchange for artists from Europe, Canada and Australia.

The three EU fundings for these activities resulted in the move exhibitions and werkleitz festival series in Halle:
2018 EMAN expands to 11 European countries and transforms with the help of the Creative Europe funds into EMAP!