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

Given the international nature of our work and the evolving situation with COVID-19, please note that some of the opportunities below may be subject to change.

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.

Open Call: Shane Akeroyd Associate Curator - 59th International Art Exhibition

The British Council is delighted to announce the opportunity for a mid-career curator to collaborate with British artist Sonia Boyce OBE RA on the development of her Commission for the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, opening in Venice in April 2022.

  • Fee: £12,500 that it will require an overall commitment of approximately 35 days starting in January 2021 and ending in November 2022 when the exhibition closes
  • Deadline: 28 September 2020
  • Open to: contemporary visual arts curatorial professionals who are either independent or are working in or affiliated with organisations in the arts and creative sectors. You must be able to demonstrate strong curatorial experience but should also be at a stage in your career where you still have more to learn 

Open Call: Curator for PlayUK

This open call is for a British or UK-based curator to create and co-produce the next edition of PlayUK. We are looking for proposals from individuals or collectives to showcase, exchange knowledge and share new practices in digital art and game-making to connect communities in the UK and Western Balkans.

  • Fee: £15,000
  • Deadline: 28 September 2020
  • Open to: British or UK-based curator

Inclusive Arts Grant 2020

Creative ageing project funds offered by the National Culture and Arts Foundation and the British Council in Taiwan that will improve the lives of the elderly. It will create new pathways for UK artists or arts organisations to contribute their knowledge and experience to this key area of arts work, encouraging more UK-Taiwan exchanges. 

  • Grant: TBC based on proposals
  • Deadline: 15 October 2020
  • Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and Taiwan

Connections Through Culture: China

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

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 travelled to the UK and vice versa

Connections Through Culture: Taiwan

British Council in Taiwan has launched the 'Connections through Culture' Grants starting in July 2019. It is an arts mobility grant scheme which 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
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and Taiwan