Arts Opportunities

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


As part of UK/Indonesia 2016-18, we have a number of one month residencies at various Indonesian arts organisations.
Grant: a grant for an international economy return flight (UK-Indonesia-UK) and insurance fee and an artist fee and materials grant of £1,800
Deadline: 2 December 2016
Open to: emerging aritsts and creative professionals based in the UK
India Wales is a joint initiative between ourselves and Wales Arts International, supporting artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Wales and India.
Grant: between £5,001 and up to £75,000
Deadline: 9 January 2017
Open to: artists, professionals and organisations from Wales 
We are inviting expressions of interest from theatre companies and artists wishing to be considered for our next Edinburgh Showcase – the biennial platform of contemporary UK theatre, dance and live art presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Grant: an invited audience of international programmers, producers and agents. Networking and trade events. Training and mentoring. Bespoke VIP box office service for delegates. On-going support for international touring
Deadline: Monday 14 November 2016
Open to: professional artists or companies based in the UK who are working in contemporary theatre, dance or live art
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: 2 January 2017
Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China
Dazibao (Montréal) and LUX (London) are collaborating on the development of a programme bringing together recent artists’ moving image works from Quebec and the UK. In the spirit of the exchange the notion of “dual subjectivity” will be developed. 
Deadline: 1 November 2016
Open to: artists residing in Quebec or the UK, works produced in the last two years and no longer than 20 minutes in length
We will support two British artists for the academic year 2017,  from February to December 2017, to take residency at FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá, Columbia
Grant: A studio with utilities included from February to December 2017, participation in the FLORA independent study programme and a monthly allowance for housing, transportation and per diems of $ 1.400.000 COP for ten months
Open to: British artists
Deadline: 10 November 2016

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: 28 October 2016 for large grants | 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
Deadline: 26 October 2016
Open to: individual artists and/or creative practitioners from the UK