Arts Opportunities

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


The British Council in the Carribean are offering residency exchange opportunities for visual artists, art critics and curators. The UK and Carribean residencies will be taking place across 2017 for applicants who which to create  new transatlantic links, build on existing connections or who want to explore the further development of their practise in a different environment. 
Grant: fully funded residency
Deadline: 2 December 2016
Open to: visual artists, art critics and curators living in the UK, Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago.
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
The International Literature Showcase are offering five grants, each worth £2,500, for digital-native proposals which explore how literature can be written, translated, presented, mediated or expanded online.
Grant: £2,500 each
Deadline: 25 November 2016
Open to: all
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 
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
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

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: Round 15 will be open for applications 22 March 2017
Open to: individual artists and/or creative practitioners from the UK