Arts Opportunities

A list of our current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.


We are seeking a research partner to test and explore how the British Council can support the UK City of Culture Programme and what added value the British Council can bring to the winning cities and the programme.
Grant: up to £12,500
Deadline: 24 February 2017
Open to: organisations and individuals in the UK
We are offering a residency at La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, Argentina for a UK-based artist or curator. The program is structured to create a space of creative exchange for a group of international and local artists, curators, and researchers. The agenda of activities includes visits to art studios, galleries, other projects and institutions, public presentations and will result in a final exhibition.
Grant: fully funded residency
Deadline: 24 February 2017
Open to: UK-based artists and curators
The International Literature Showcase are offering grants, each worth £2,500, for digital-native proposals which explore how literature can be written, translated, presented, mediated or expanded online.
Grant: £2,500
Deadline: 8 March 2017 
Open to: everyone
The British Council Phillipines invite artists to respond to urban structures along the Pasig River in Metro Manila, Philippines. The public art works will be on pumping stations along the river, which are visible to ferry commuters and riverbank inhabitants.
Grant: £800 artist fee (USD 1,000) and up to £1,200 for travel expenses
Deadline: 10 March 2017
Open to: artists / art collectives based in the Philippines or UK-based artists with a connection to the Philippines. Artists should be able to demonstrate some experience doing similar or relevant work in public art interventions, street art, collaborations, big-scale art, or mural making.
The British Council and Club to Club festival are providing a unique opportunity to perform at this year's Club to Club festival in Turin, Italy. A Great Symphony is a contemporary electronic artwork able to interpret the rhythm of the city and capture its mood in augmented reality through music and technology. The composer of the best remix will be awarded the unique opportunity to perform at the festival.
Opportunity: the winner will be invited to play at the Club to Club festival in Turin in 2017
Deadline: 12 March 2017
Open to: electronic musicians
We are looking for existing UK arts and cultural projects and events that will be taking place in Korea throughout 2017-18 to be part of the affiliate programme for UK/Korea 2017-18. The season will be the biggest ever celebration of relationships in arts, creative industries and culture in Korea. 
Opportunity: participation in UK/Korea 2017-18 connects you with prestigious partners and some of the most exciting arts organisations and practitioners in the UK and Korea as well as the chance to reach up to 1.5 million people across Korea and engage millions of people digitally
Deadline: four months before the opening of your event and final deadline is 31 July 2017
Open to: organisations, companies, artists and creatives with existing UK arts and cultural projects and events taking place in Korea from March 2017 – March 2018
Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.
Grant: £2,500
Deadline: rolling
Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China

Cultural Protection Fund

In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council have launched the Cultural Protection Fund. Our objective for the new £30 million fund is to help to create opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas.

Grant: £500 - £100,000+
Deadline: small grants will be decided on upon a quarterly basis
Open to: the Fund is designed with applications from UK organisations in mind, but any organisation is eligible to apply 
In partnership with the BFI, British Council Film operates a Travel Grant Fund that supports filmmakers to travel to key international festivals with short films. There is a list of 60+ eligible festivals at the weblink.
Grant: £100 - £1000
Deadline: rolling
Open to: UK-based filmmakers with short films accepted into one of our listed key festivals
Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development. Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games. 
Grant: various
Deadline: rolling
Open to: the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe.


Artists' International Development Fund

In partnership with the Arts Council England, We are investing in talented individuals to develop skills, expand horizons and introduce an international perspective to their work.
Grant: between £1000 and £5000
Opening: Round 15 will be open for applications 22 March 2017
Open to: individual artists and/or creative practitioners from the UK