A new fund to support arts organisations to collaborate internationally

This fund enables organisations from the UK and selected countries overseas to collaborate digitally on international projects.

Why a digital collaboration fund? 

We have always supported international artistic collaboration through our work. In response to increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, and rising concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, we are now looking for new ways to foster these international connections. 

The Digital Collaboration Fund aims to address this challenge. Through a series of grants, we are supporting organisations to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange.

Read about the projects we are supporting through this fund below:

Research and Development Grants

Title: SoLab (Music)
Partners: Bounce Culture (N. Ireland)/Maasai Mibili (Kenya)/The Black Box Multi Media Arts Venue (N. Ireland)
Project: An experimental digital, virtual space that extends and completes offsite activities organised from Nairobi and Belfast, addressing how we respond to a situation, a place or even a pandemic.

Title: Mogya Na Nsuo (Blood & Water) (Music)
Partners: KARST (England)/Bokoor African Popular Music Archive Foundation (BAPMAF) (Ghana) 
Project: Research for Mogya Na Nsuo (Blood and Water) to inform development of a collaborative virtual platform, which aims to preserve and interpret the legacy of Highlife, reinventing it for a new generation of musicians and audiences in Ghana and internationally. 

Title: Creating a Digital [CCSen365] (Architecture, Design and Fashion)
Partners: University of Reading (England)/Collectivox (Venezeula)  
Project: Research and develop ways to deliver [CCSen365] urban heritage storytelling walks in the digital space. 

Title: International Playable Theatre Lab (Theatre)
Partners: Upstart Theatre (England)/Mi Film (North Macedonia)/Teatro al Cubo (Mexico)  
Project: A digital residency for artist from the UK, North Macedonia and Mexico on the intersection of digital technology and interactive theatre making, exploring a variety of approaches for making theatre playable in the digital space. 

Title: Outburst AME: Translating Queerness (Theatre)
Partners: Outburst Arts (N. Ireland)/CasaBrandon Festival de Arte Queer (Argentina)/RISCO Festival (Brazil)
Project: A series of digital events reflecting on the potential and challenges of cross-cultural experiences in queer arts between the UK and the Americas. 

Title: Masahat (Film)
Partners: Beirut DC (Lebanon)/Doc Society (England) 
Project: Masahat (Arabic for 'spaces') - a virtual platform that will connect independent, community-led physical spaces with independent film practitioners to reach citizens across the region. 

Title: CASA COMUM (Visual Art)
Partners: SDNA Ltd (England)/RR PRODUÇÕES ARTÍSTICAS (Brazil)
Project: A multimedia collaboration with 10 indigenous Amazonian artists around Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest’ as an allegory of European colonisation and a study of Shakespeare’s awareness of the natural world. 

Title: OK-PK-UK (Visual Art)
Partners: MadLab (Manchester Digital Laboratory) (England)/Numaish Karachi (Pakistan)
Project: A season-long action research programme to develop new digital arts talent in Pakistan, culminating in an online creative showcase and two-day mini-festival. 

Title: Eye See Ai (Theatre)
Partners: Hijinx (Wales)/To He Joint Stock Company (Vietnam)/Mat Tran Ensemble (Vietnam)
Project: Neurodivergent artists from Vietnam and the UK will create augmented reality interventions in found spaces responding to the question ‘what is it to be visible?’

New Collaboration Grants

Title: Imagination, Pleasure & Activism: igniting conversations in the African literary space (Literature)
Partners: Royal African Society (England)/Writers Project of Ghana (Ghana)/Kabafest (Nigeria)/AfroQueer (Kenya)
Project: An experience of revolutionary joy in the context of African and diaspora literature, through digital storytelling webinars, podcasts and online workshops, across partner festival programmes

Title: Scotland Mexico Inclusive Music Digital Exchange (Music)
Partners: Paragon Music (Scotland)/Armonia E Inclusion (Mexico)
Project: A digital international platform for disabled musicians to perform their own music in a supported and inclusive context with high production values. 

Title: Candoco International Digital Artist Development (Theatre) 
Partners: Candoco Dance Company (England)/Unbeaten Path (Ukraine)/Arada Association (Turkey)
Project: A pilot programme to remotely upskill emerging disabled and non-disabled artists making performance work.

Title: Cardiff Animation Festival and Cape Town International Animation Festival (Film)
Partners: Cardiff Animation Festival (Wales)/Cape Town International Animation Festival (South Africa)
Project: A collaborative festival celebrating a cultural exchange between South Africa and Wales, highlighting heritage through the artform of animation.

Title: Pera Museum Virtual Event Space (Visual Art) 
Partners: Pera Museum (Turkey)/Hypercortex (England)
Project: A virtual gamified international group exhibition examining the concept of kitsch in contemporary art, that augments audience offline engagement and participation within the virtual gallery space.

Title: Concert From Bangladesh (Music)
Partners: UBIK Productions (England)/Samdani Art Foundation (Bangladesh)
Project: Expanding on the legacy of Ravi Shankar and George Harrison’s ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ in 1971, this mixed reality project will celebrate the role of music in building contemporary Bangladesh and empowering civic movements for greater social equality.

Title: Rotten TV (Visual Art)
Partners: Jupiter Co LTD (Scotland)/Cemeti Institute of Art and Society (Indonesia)/Casa do Povo (Brazil)
Project: A digital residency and broadcasting studio for artists and thinkers from Brazil, Indonesia and the UK. 

Title: The Revolution's Promise (Theatre)
Partners: Relative Motion (England)/The Freedom Theatre Jenin Refugee Camp (Occupied Palestinian Territories)/Creative Destruction (England)
Project: An Arabic/English made-for Virtual Reality theatre production/experience capturing the personal stories and creative legacies of leading artists from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

Title: From Karachi to Keighley; Developing Female Talent and Leadership in the International Literature Festival Sector (Literature) 
Partners: Culture Squared CIC (England)/Adab Festival (Pakistan)
Project: A digital development programme for emerging female voices from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds in Pakistan and the UK.

Title: ASC x Design Indaba / X Lam (Architecture, Design and Fashion)
Partners: FRMWRK Limited t/a Architecture Social Club (England)/Design Indaba (South Africa)/X Lam (South Africa)
Project: The project will allow people in different locations to work on a single architectural design that can output data for robot manufacturing. 

Restart Grants

Title: Digital SUPERPOWER! (Visual Art)
Partners: Umbrellium (England)/Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival (South Africa)/Youth for Innovation (Zimbabwe)
Project: A project aimed at empowering young women from London, Johannesburg and Bulawayo to make sense of safety and security issues in their environment using an app-based body-gesture mapping tool to create art.

Title: Bangladesh 50: Commemorating Independence from 1971 to 2021 (Visual Art) 
Partners: Birmingham Museums Trust (England)/Bengal Foundation (Bangladesh)
Project: Adapting pre-existing concepts for a physical exhibition into an online digital exhibition, considering how liberation movements and art have been bound together in the forging of new cultural identities.

Title: Rice and Food tripping (Theatre) 
Partners: Omnibus Theatre (England)/Arara Entertainment Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)
Project: Rice! explores the delicate existence of life between two cultures through storytelling and food, while Food Tripping will be part performance, part cooking class that engages and encourages cultural exchange between Malaysian and UK audiences.

Partners: ZU-UK (England)/Lá Da Favelinha (Brazil)/Nueve Voltios (Colombia)
Project: A participatory artwork about sound, politics and personal identity.

Title: Kamukuwaká VR: enabling digital futures for indigenous knowledge from the Xingu (Gaming and Mixed Reality) 
Partners: People's Palace Projects (England)/AIT - Tulukai Indigenous Association (Brazil)
Project: A collaboratively developed Virtual Reality interface for the cave of Kamukuwaká, enabling the Indigenous Wauja community access to sacred knowledge. 

Title: Lost Migrations (Film)
Partners: Project Dastaan (England)/PuffBall Studios (Pakistan) 
Project: An animated series telling stories of the Partition through the voices of the colonised and those traditionally under-represented in South Asian storytelling.

Title: Dust & Metal: Cine-concert production (Film)
Partners: Live Cinema UK (England)/TPD (Trung tâm hỗ trợ Phát triển tài năng Điện ảnh) (Vietnam)
Project: An archive cine-concert combining archived film, newly shot footage and contemporary new electronic score, telling the real stories of Vietnam past and present through the prism of the motorbike.

Title: ASHTAR International Youth Theatre Festival - "ARTIVISM" (Theatre)
Partners: ASHTAR For Theatre Productions and Training (Occupied Palestinian Territories)/Mandala Theatre Company (England)
Project: A collaborative digital performance festival with young people to examine issues around mental health, the global pandemic and racial justice (including Black Lives Matter).

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