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

Request for Proposal for Researchers: Creative Enterprise and Inclusive Growth in the Philippines

  • Grant: up to £28,000
  • Deadline: 20 October 2019
  • Open to: research will be undertaken by commissioning a Philippine-UK research team collaboration, all proposals must include a collaboration between a researcher/s from the Philippines and UK

Transforming Narratives Open Call

Transforming Narratives is a ground-breaking three-year project to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary Pakistani and Bangladeshi arts, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • Grant: various
  • Deadline: 31 October 2019
  • Open to: creative practitioners, artists and cultural organisations in Birmingham, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

Open Call: Creative Catalyst 2019

We are seeking academics, artists, creative and cultural professionals, and policy makers to participate in the Creative Catalyst networking conference in Kayseri, Turkey on 5-6 December 2019.

  • Grant: travel and accommodation expenses will be covered
  • Deadline: 27 October 2019
  • Open to: anyone interested creative and cultural professionals across the UK, Europe, and Western Balkans

The Worth Partnership Project

The Worth Partnership Project encourages the development of innovative products in the design industries, through transnational collaborations between designers, traditional and digital artisans, manufacturers and technology partners.

  • Deadline: 31 October 2019
  • Opportunity: winning initiatives are awarded a prize of € 10,000, an invitation to the main European design fairs and a mentoring plan

BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020

We're inviting writers from outside the UK to submit radio drama scripts for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition. 

  • Grant/Opportunity: £2,500 prize, a trip to London and have their radio play recorded and broadcast by the BBC World Service
  • Deadline: 31 January 2020
  • Open to: we encourage both new and established writers to enter the competition however entrants must be 18 or over and live outside of the UK

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 

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

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

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

Connections Through Culture: UK-Southeast Asia 

Connections Through Culture is an arts mobility grant scheme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia. Starting 26 August 2019, we will be extending it to Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines and mobility will be open in this cluster every three months.

  • Grant: up to £2,500, £3,500, and £5,000 every quarter (grants are not for academic support and can be used to support other grants)
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: UK and Southeast Asian artists, arts professionals (curators, art managers, art specialists) and representatives of arts collectives/groups of all ages with preference to SEA applicants who have not yet traveled to UK and vice versa

Connections through Culture: Taiwan

British Council in Taiwan has launched the 'Connections through Culture' Grants for 2019. This programme aims to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, also to support long-lasting relationships between Taiwan and the UK. 

  • Grant: £2,500 (or equivalent monetary value in Taiwan Dollars) per project
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: individual artists or non-profit arts organisations who are in the process of developing an arts project with a counterpart arts organisation which may result in an exhibition, performance or public event