Arts Opportunities

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


The British Council and Creative Scotland Partnership are organising a visit of curators/producers/directors from Scotland to attend the opening week of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in the city of Kochi, in Kerala, Southern India. This is a professional development opportunity and those selected will be able to see a wide range of work from over 30 countries, to experience a biennale based in India and to network with curators and artists.
Grant: return international flights from Edinburgh, accommodation costs and domestic transport in India. (Delegates will be expected to cover daily subsistence, incidental travel expenses, optional entertainment and visa costs)
Deadline: 27 September 2016
Open to: curators/directors/producers based in Scotland including freelance/independent practitioners
The British Council and The Polish Book Institute are supporting four UK commissioning editors to travel to Poland for a scoping and study trip in October 2016.
Grant: travel to Poland and per diems for the duration of the trip
Deadline: 26 September 2016
Open to: UK publishers with an interest in literature in translation
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: 17 October 2016
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: 3 October 2016 & 2 January 2017
Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China
The Arts and Social Practice Fellowship is a reciprocal exchange program with our US partners, Logan Center Exhibtiions at the University of Chicago, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE), offering fellowship grants to socially-engaged artists in the US and UK. Fellows are offered residencies of 2-3 weeks with host organizations in the US and the UK. Each residency is self-determined by the artist whose practice involves public interaction and addresses contemporary social issues through the lens of arts and culture.
Grant: 5000 USD to US participating artists and 5000 GBP to UK participating artists
Deadline: 23 September 2016
Open to: socially-engaged artists in the US and UK
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

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