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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 for creative commissions

We're inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.

  • Grant: up to £50,000
  • Deadline: 13 December 2020
  • Open to: individuals or organisations involved in arts, creativity and culture, community and civil society, science and research, education, English language teaching and youth work who are based in the UK and can partner with eligible countries and states overseas

New Narratives Youth Advisory Board

New Narratives is a programme which aims to foster deeper and more meaningful people-to-people engagements between young people across the countries of Africa and the UK, through a suite of digital storytelling and collaboration programmes, in sectors of mutual interest. The programme aims to help contribute to changing reciprocal perceptions between both places in order to stimulate new understanding which will unlock new connections and collaborations for mutual benefit.

  • Fee: all members of the advisory board will be remunerated, at a daily rate of £150 per day, up to 20 days a year and expenses will be paid as pre-agreed
  • Deadline: 14 December 2020
  • Open to: young people (aged 18-35) who are influential in their communities as artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, influencers or technologists

DICE Digital R&D Fund

This fund will offer 20 grants to support the development and delivery of 20 co-designed ‘digital experiences’ that contribute to the DICE programme’s mission and ethos. The fund will also support the creation of a community of practice across the 20 partnerships to share learning from their digital experiences.

  • Grant: £7,000 – £15,000
  • Deadline: 15 December 2020
  • Open to: applicants must be based in a DICE country (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK) and must submit their application together with a partner organisation in another DICE country

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: Taiwan

British Council in Taiwan has launched the 'Connections through Culture' Grants starting in July 2019. It is an arts 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