Current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.

Open call for BAME artists & producers

The British Council is awarding bursaries for black, Asian & minority ethnic artists to attend IETM Porto - a major performing arts networking event in Portugal.

  • Grant: £500 bursaries which cover travel to Porto, accommodation, show tickets and expenses
  • Deadline: 22 January 2017
  • Open to: BAME artists based in the UK who are not acting on behalf of an NPO or regularly funded organisation. They must be available to attend IETM on 26 - 29 April (leaving enough time to travel).

Tender for curator/organisation for Gulf Photography project

We are currently tendering for a curator/organisation to help us shape and deliver a photographic exhibition in the UK and Gulf until March 2020. Please note that when clicking on the link above you will need to register to apply for the tender.

  • Grant: up to £30k
  • Deadline: 25 January 2018
  • Open to: We are looking for an experienced curator with expertise in photography and some knowledge of the Gulf to lead on all curatorial aspects of the exhibition and conception of the project plan.

New International Voices

West African artists living and working in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal or Sierra Leone can now apply to join the New International Voices residency programme in London from 11-24 June at Battersea Arts Centre, part of LIFT 2018. 

  • Opportunity: a two week residency at Battersea Arts Centre including international travel, two weeks accomodation and a stipend of £1,500
  • Deadline: 26 January 2018
  • Open to: West African artists currently living and working in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal or Sierra Leone

Baseline research - request for proposal

We are accepting proposals to complete a study regarding the connections between consumption of UK culture and perception of Britain in Germany, enabling cultural institutions to plan and articulate their work more accurately.

  • Grant: up to £7000
  • Deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Open to: UK or Germany based researchers/evaluators with a proven track record of similar work

Small Screen Big Film competition

Our first ever Small Screen, Big Film festival is now open for submissions. Young people from around the Gulf, or Gulf nationals in the UK can grab their smartphones or tablets and submit a 3 minute film by 31 January 2018.

  • Opportunity: four budding directors will win one-on-one mentorship with UK industry talent and an online festival in March will showcase the films to a global audience
  • Deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Open to: 14-25 year olds who live in the Gulf region, or Gulf nationals in the UK

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

Writers around the world are invited to submit scripts for the International Playwriting Competition 2018. The global competition is hosted by BBC World Service and British Council in partnership with The Open University. New and established writers who do not live in the UK are welcome to apply. Applicants should submit a radio script of 53 minutes long on any subject. 

  • Prize: the two winners will win a trip to London and have their play broadcast on BBC World Service. A third winner will travel to London to be mentored by the BBC.
  • Deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Open to: entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2018 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man

UK-Gulf Exhibition Programme

As part of a Gulf-wide cultural relations initiative the British Council is offering UK institutions the opportunity to bring exhibitions to the Gulf that will engage 14-30 year old Gulf nationals. This opportunity will be in partnership with an institution in the region to deliver a large scale exhibition in the Gulf opening between mid-2018-end 2020.

  • Grant: £5,000 for an initial scoping exercise. If successful apply for a grant of up to £100,000 (deadline 21 June).
  • Deadline: 11 February 2018
  • Open to: UK based non-profit museums, galleries or art organisations

China Now

China Now is a digital hub offering insights, exclusive content and opportunities for UK based creatives and organisations interested in working in China.

  • Opportunity: insights, content and opportunities
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Open to: UK creatives and organisations

Connections through Culture – China and the UK

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 

Short Film Travel Grant Fund

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

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