Arts Opportunities

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

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The British Council, in partnership with the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Helsinki Design Week (HDW) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, is seeking applications from practitioners to participate in a residency programme in Helsinki which will culminate with the HDW (7 - 17 September 2017).
 
Grant: fully funded residency
Deadline: 26 March 2017
Open to: UK design practitioners
 
 
Selected as part of the UK/Korea 2017 Creative Futures season, and in partnership with Wales Arts International and the British Council; National Theatre Wales and Performance Group TUIDA (South Korea) will come together to offer a brand new and unique artist residency in South Korea. Based on the experience and methods of both companies, the Artists’ Playground will focus on supporting the creation of innovative ideas, artistic experiments and cross-cultural collaborations.
 
Grant: fully funded residency, shared working spaces, some technical equipment and support/mentoring from National Theatre Wales and TUIDA staff throughout
Deadline: 31 March 2017
Open to: artists based in Wales, South Korea, India and Japan working across a variety of artistic forms.The working language for the residency will be English and Korean. Applicants must be aged 18+, and not in full time education
 
 
Big Dance, Channel 4 and the British Council are delighted to announce new programme Big Dance Shorts India as part of our UK/India season 2017.  Four 3 minute dance-film ideas will be commissioned for Channel 4's Random Acts, with the selected films to be shown online and the possibility of being broadcast on Channel 4.
 
Grant: 4 commissions with a maximum budget of £4,000
Deadline: 3 May 2017
Open to: UK and Indian filmmakers, performers, composer or choreographers and films submitted must be inspired by dance and have at its heart an element of collaboration between the UK and India
 
 
Future Leaders Connect is where exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from around the world join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders. You will develop your policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Together you will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading global institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations.
 
Grant: fully funded residency
Deadline: 14 May 2017
Open to: People aged 18-35 from the participating countries (Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the UK) who have the passion to change the world and can articulate how they would do this. Applicants must speak English and be willing to travel to the UK.
 
 
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
 
 
We are looking for existing UK arts and cultural projects and events that will be taking place in the UAE throughout 2017 to be part of the affiliate programme for UK/UAE 2017. UK/UAE 2017 will reach around half a million people across the UAE. As a partner there are unique mutual benefits to be gained through cooperation on branding and marketing and communications: association with a series of world-class arts and educational events and integration into our innovative year-long communications campaign.  
 
Opportunity: participation in UK/UAE 2017 connects you with prestigious partners and some of the most exciting arts organisations and practitioners in the UK and the UAE.
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 the UAE 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: rolling
Open to: individual artists and/or creative practitioners from the UK