Announcing the recipients of the International Collaboration Grants

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the International Collaboration Grants, supporting UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digital, face-to-face and hybrid artistic projects.

This inaugural £5 million programme of grants aims to support UK artists to develop creative artwork with international peers, encouraging innovative ways of working and collaborating. 94 projects from 41 countries have been successful, receiving grants between £5,000 and £75,000.

Applications were open to cultural collaborations with a focus on arts and culture, or higher education and research projects with an arts and culture element. Successful projects came from a diverse range of organisations, addressing significant global themes including equality, climate change and new digital technologies.

Successful projects receiving the larger grants of between £20,000 and £75,000 include: Barrowland Ballet (Scotland) and Atta Festival (Turkey) producing a dance-theatre production for young people with complex needs; Dhaka DocLab (Bangladesh) and Wales One World Film Festival (Wales) creating a filmmaking project around the impact of climate change and the women making a difference; Arts Canteen Limited (England) and The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship (Iraq) partnering for a 12-month programme of creative workshops and training with Iraqi and UK female artists; and the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (Mexico) and Sound and Music (England) supporting women, non-binary and LBGTQI+ artists working in electronic music.

Smaller grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 were awarded to organisations including: Creatives Garage (Kenya), b-side (England) and the London College of Communication (England) producing new digital work with LGBTQI+ artists, especially those with limited freedom of speech and rights; People Tree Studio (India) and Scots Language Centre (Scotland) exploring the theme of multilingualism and global English in a new comic anthology; and Kapok Theatre (China) and The Performance Ensemble (England) creating connections between older people in China and the UK for a live and digital performance piece.

Information on future funding rounds of the grants programme will be shared in the spring/summer of 2022.

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