Current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations. 

Call for Expressions of Interest: new Art new Audiences Botswana (#nAnAbw)

We are looking for expressions of interest from a creative practitioner with curatorial and mentoring experience from the UK to work in collaboration with the resident curator at Thapong Visual Arts Centre in Botswana to develop and showcase three multi-disciplinary projects at the centre in June 2019.

  • Grant: £4,900 to cover travel-related costs and honorarium
  • Deadline: 19 February 2019
  • Open to: creative practitioners with curatorial and mentoring experience from the UK interested in working in Botswana

Russia Grants Scheme

We’re delighted to offer a new grants scheme to individual UK artists and professionals who have an existing interest in or contact with Russia and who have a strong project idea.

  • Grant: grants of up to £5,000
  • Deadline: 21 February 2019
  • Open to: individual UK artists and professionals (e.g. composers, conductors, performers, librettists, sound artists, event producers) who have an existing interest in or contact with Russia

Sub Saharan Africa Arts research grants

We are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations, curators or programmers to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa, to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field. 

  • Grant: £2500
  • Deadline: 8 March 2019
  • Open to: UK based arts organisations, curators or programmers working in visual arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, architecture, design, fashion and film

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 – China and the UK

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 

Short Film Travel Grant Fund

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

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


Venice Fellowships 2019

The Venice Fellowships is a unique opportunity for students, graduates and researchers to spend a month in Venice during one of the world’s most significant art biennales.

  • Opportunity:  travel, accommodation and living costs in Venice for one month. Fellows will share their time between invigilating the British Pavilion exhibition and conducting independent research, which is guided by the focus of the biennale and the exhibition. 
  • Opening:  at the end of 2018
  • Open to: UK students at partner institutions