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

Open call for d/Deaf and disabled practitioners

We're offering bursaries for d/Deaf or disabled artists and producers to attend IETM Munich this November — a mahor European performing arts networking event.

  • Deadline: 24 August 2018
  • Open to: this opportunity is open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and producers who are based in the UK. Previous bursary recipients are eligible to re-apply

Opportunity for emerging artists

We are offering four places for artists based in the UK and Germany on an emerging artists’ programme to develop their practice and extend their networks by visiting and responding to the London 1938: Defending ‘Degenerate’ German Art exhibition at the Liebermann Villa, Wannsee, Berlin. 

  • Opportunity: to spend a day at the Liebermann Villa exhibition in Berlin, meet curator Dr. Lucy Wasensteiner and fellow artists, discuss the exhibition and their own practice and be given time and space in the museum to begin a response of your own.
  • Grant: travel, accommodation (8th and 9th October) and subsistence costs covered, as well as recieving £500 to cover all costs associated with any response they choose to make
  • Deadline: 31 August 2018
  • Open to: graduates with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in 2016 or 2017, or who will graduate in 2018, or who are currently taking a post-graduate course in art, or have equivalent experience. Those who are based in Germany or the UK and are interested in the cultural relationship between Germany and the UK

Festivals _in Motion travel grant

Festivals_in Motion encourages connections between festivals in East Africa and the UK, across art forms. We are looking for UK based festival directors, festival programmers, agents and/or bookers who are interested in developing mutual opportunities to showcase and or collaborate in East Africa and to consider how East African acts could showcase and or collaborate in the UK.

  • Grant: five grants available of £2500 each
  • Deadline: 10 September 2018
  • Open to: UK based festival directors, festival programmers, agents and/or bookers

Open call for artists / photographer proposals

We are inviting artists and photographers to submit proposals for new work to be included in a forthcoming exhibition project.

  • Opportunity: your work to be included in The Place I Call Home, a touring exhibition curated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery Wales, that uses photography and lens-based media to explore the notion of home as it relates to contemporary experiences of the Arabic diaspora living in the UK and British people living in the Gulf
  • Grant: each commissioned artist/photographer will receive a £5,000 artist fee (to include all production costs, taxes and expenses), payable in two instalments 
  • Deadline: 17 September 2018
  • Open to: artists and photographers from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain

Quebec-UK Connections 2019-2020

The British Council, the Québec Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Québec Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie are calling for application for financial support to carry out a cultural cooperation project between Quebec and the UK in 2019 and 2020.

  • Grant: each organisation can apply for £5,100 for each year
  • Deadline: 30 September 2018
  • Open to: UK artists, curators, artistic directors, festival programmers and writers 

Open call: Crafting Futures grant scheme 

In collaboration with the Crafts Council, we are looking for UK-based practitioners to undertake overseas residencies, projects or other activities in response to a set of research themes related to the Crafting Futures programme.

  • Grant: grants of up to £5,000, with a maximum of 8 grant recipients depending on the grant amounts. Priority given to applications in ODA countries. Maximum of 2 grants for non-ODA based work
  • Deadline: 8 October 2018
  • Open to: UK artists, curators, artistic directors, festival programmers and writers 

Open call to be part of Edinburgh Showcase 2019

Are you a UK-based artist or company with an outstanding production that could tour internationally? Apply to be part of our showcase for international promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe.

  • Opportunity: we will provide an invited audience of international programmers, producers and agents; networking and industry events; training and mentoring for artists and companies and ongoing support for international touring
  • Deadline: 12 midday on Monday 15 October 2018
  • Open to: professional artists or companies based in the UK who are working in contemporary theatre, dance or live art with with an outstanding small and middle-scale production that could tour internationally

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



DICE fund - Collaboration Grant

Calling all creative and social enterprises – we will be offering grants for UK organisations to develop partnerships in one of five countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.

  • Grant: up to £50,000
  • Opening: 1 September 2018
  • Deadline: 17 November 2018
  • Open to: applications are welcome from organisations located in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan or South Africa interested in developing a 12-month project with UK organisations

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