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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 Curators - Vienna Design Week 2020

We're looking for a UK based curator for a research residency during Vienna Design Week 2020. The curator will be invited to explore ways in which design festivals can act as agents for positive change in an ever-changing world. 

  • Grant: £3000
  • Deadline: Sun 14 June
  • Open to: UK creatives

Transforming Narratives - Open Call for Digital Collaboration Grants

Transforming Narratives is a ground breaking three-year project to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary Pakistani and Bangladeshi arts. Now the project has launched Digital Collaboration Grants to enable connection and collaboration between creative and cultural practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh and potentially offer creative responses to the question raised for society by COVID-19.

  • Grant: Up to £4,000
  • Deadline: Fri 19 June
  • Open to: Practitioners working in Birmingham, Pakistan or Bangladesh

Cultural Protection Fund

This round of grants of the Cultural Protection Fund is open for projects relating to preparedness measures to protect cultural heritage against the effects of natural disasters and climate change in East Africa. 

  • Grant: Up to £125,000
  • Deadline: Sun 21 June
  • Open to: This round is open to applicants proposing to work with one or more locally-based partners in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda.

Modul: Open Futures Online Workshop

We're proud to be a partner for Modual University of the Arts London's collaborative online workshop. This year the workshop is open to anyone interested in studying design or starting a career in design. 

  • Opportunity: To develop creative initiatives
  • Deadline: Wed 1 July
  • Open to: Students, graduates, creatives from around the world 

SEAD Applications Open

SEAD creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia. Applications for Year 3 are now open.

  • Opportunity: To exchange, share and reflect
  • Deadline: Wed 15 July
  • Open to: Creatives from the UK, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines 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 traveled 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