Current opportunities in Europe

The British Council has been working in Europe, since 1937. Our arts programme across Europe aims to strengthen relationships during the UK’s exit from the EU and to enable vital long-term partnerships between arts organisations and professionals from all four parts of the UK, and the EU.

Séminaire en Avignon - Festival d'Avignon/Pro Helvetia

The Séminaire en Avignon offers emerging young practitioners in theatre and dance a platform for an immersive and practical exchange with their peers. The British Council is supporting one place at the Séminaire in July 2019 for a British or UK-based artist.

  • Deadline: 16 April 2019 
  • Opportunity: accompanied by a facilitator, participants on the programme attend performances, meet professional theatre practitioners from Europe and beyond, and take part in debates with artists, critics and specialists from the performing arts field
  • Open to: arts practitioners 35yrs and under, who have continuous professional experience at an institutional theatre or independent scene as a stage director, actor, performer, stage designer or choreographer

Helsinki Design Residency

  • Deadline: 24 April 2019
  • Opportunity: travel to Finland to explore the significance and changing purpose of materials and materiality at this critical moment, where ecological and technological transformations are changing the way we design
  • Open to: applicants must be UK based creative practitioners or researchers (design, architecture, fashion, design writing, curatorial and cross-disciplinary work) and should have a minimum of 2 years’/maximum of 10 years’ experience after graduation
  • Grant: two return flights to Helsinki plus accommodation and studio space, a grant of £2,200 to cover work and subsistence for a 7-week residency and a production budget of £600 for materials (e.g. printing costs, model-making, prototyping or other materials)

Sónar+D – take part in the European delegation

Sónar+D is an international congress that explores how creativity is changing our present – and imagining new futures – in collaboration with researchers, innovators and business leaders. Our open call opens invites applications from entrepreneurs from the creative sector in Europe to be part of the British Council / Sónar+D delegation. 

  • Deadline: 10 May 2019
  • Opportunity: the programme will offer a unique opportunity to deepen delegate’s network with more than 5900 accredited professionals every year and discover the latest trends in the global creative sector with more than 3300 participating companies
  • Open to: entrepreneurs from the creative sector in Europe


Diaphonique is a bilateral fund for classical contemporary music, supporting collaborative projects between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, tours, residencies and educative projects. 

  • Deadline: 15 May 2019
  • Opportunity: the opportunity aims to help upcoming artists and composers in their career development by fostering artistic exchanges and deepening the dialogue between musicians and composers from both side of the Channel
  • Open to: classical contemporary music, supporting collaborative projects between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, tours, residencies and educative projects

Fluxus Art Projects 2019

Fluxus Art Projects supports emerging visual artists and curators at a key moment in their international career, funding artist exhibitions and curatorial visits on both sides of the Channel. Through two open calls a year, Fluxus supports a selection of group or solo exhibitions and curatorial residencies. 

  • Deadline: end of May 2019
  • Opportunity: through Fluxus Art Projects, we are able to support around 12 exhibitions a year in France of work by UK artists, most of whom are showing their work in a French institution or arts space for the first time
  • Open to: Fluxus Art Projects gives priority to non-profit organisations and bilateral exchanges. Only French and British organisations falling within the following categories may submit a project; art centres, museums, cultural institutions, artist-run spaces, project space, art education organisations, research centres and studios

The Worth Partnership Project

The Worth Partnership Project encourages the development of innovative products in the design industries, through transnational collaborations between designers, traditional and digital artisans, manufacturers and technology partners.

  • Deadline: 31 October 2019
  • Opportunity: winning initiatives are awarded a prize of € 10,000, an invitation to the main European design fairs and a mentoring plan

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

Current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations in the rest of the world

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2019

The British Council is calling architects, designers and all creative practitioners who have an interest in exploring the work of Rogelio Salmona in Colombia to apply for the third and final round of the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship. 

  • Deadline: 23 April 2019
  • Opportunity: while in Colombia, the designer in residence will be offered accommodation and access to a network of key contacts, they will be able to visit Salmona’s built projects, study the archive of his work, and speak with people who have studied his life
  • Open to: UK based architects, designers or creative practitioners with some professional experience - this opportunity is open to practicing professionals, not just recent graduates
  • Grant: £2500

Ise City Residency

We have launched an open call seeking five UK-based artists working in any art form, to travel to Japan for an artistic research residency as part of the UK in Japan 2019-20 season of culture. The residency will take place over a period of two weeks in October 2019 in Ise City, the home of Ise Shrine, one of the most important and prestigious Shinto Shrines in Japan.

  • Deadline: 7 May 2019
  • Opportunity: artists will take part in a programme which includes: visits to hidden parts of Ise Shrine which are not generally open to the public, travel to other cultural heritage sites and meetings with Japanese Shinto priests, craft makers, local residents as well as Japanese contemporary artists
  • Open to: we are seeking five individual artists and/or creative practitioners based in the UK, who have substantial professional experience and are able to demonstrate a specific interest in engaging with Japanese culture and artists
  • Grant: the research residency offers; international transportation (premium economy flights between UK and Japan), local transportation in the UK and Japan, visas, travel insurance, 2 weeks accommodation in Ise City, subsistence for 2 week’s residency (meals) honorarium of £2000 for the duration of the residency and access costs and support with any access requirements

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 

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


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