Werkleitz Media Art Centre Saxony-Anhalt, Hull Time-Based Arts and the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian Academy jointly initiated the first European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE) in 1995. Since then, EMARE has developed under the auspices of different partner organizations and funding bodies, and to date has commissioned more than 150 new media art works throughout Europe.
In 2007, with the support of the European Union's 'Culture 2007-2013' programme, four key European media art institutions – IMPAKT (Holland), InterSpace (Bulgaria), VIVID (Great Britain) and Werkleitz (Germany) – went on to create the European Media Art Network (EMAN). Within the framework of the 'European Media Artists in Residence Exchange' programme (EMARE) this new network annually awards production grants to outstanding European media artists. In 2017 the European Media Art Platform EMAP was founded from EMAN and now offers grants in eleven member institutions all over Europe. EMAP furthermore serves research into and the production, presentation and distribution of media art in Europe.