3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
Many UK cultural organisations and practitioners engage in international work, such as sector specific networking, artists residencies, cooperation between major museums or opera houses and their counterparts in other countries, or projects involving small scale theatre or dance companies. The World Collections Programme, for example, is a three year initiative funded by the DCMS that enables seven national museums, the British Library and Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew) to foster sustainable partnerships and the sharing of expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Most of the domestic Arts Councils engage with international networks. They also support international co-operation projects through their main funding streams and regular funding for organisations, or through dedicated programmes.