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.

Connect for Creativity: Call for UK Partners

British Council is seeking a UK partner to curate, design and produce a public exhibition to showcase work created in a series of art and technology residencies taking place in Turkey, Greece and Serbia to a UK audience in February 2020.

  • Grant: €39,800
  • Deadline: 27 June 2019
  • Open to: organisations

Virtual Café Romania

Join us for the first in a series of "virtual cafés" – online conference sessions aimed at arts sector professionals and organisations across the UK, each focusing on a different country in the EU region, run by arts experts from the British Council.

The first café will be a conversation with our team in Romania. The session is a great opportunity to hear from you about your current engagement and interests related to the Romanian creative sector, and to facilitate any future partnership ambitions.

Hear from Country Director, Nigel Bellingham, and Head of Arts in Romania, Cristiana Tautu, who will provide a brief overview and update on recent developments in the Romanian arts sector. The conversation will be chaired by Silke Pillinger, Director Arts for the British Council’s EU region.

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

SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme for artists and curators 2019

Ask any artist what they need most to bring their creations to life and, regardless of discipline, the answer will be the same: time and support. For four years now, the British Council in Ukraine have been teaming up with the most progressive artistic ventures in Ukraine and the United Kingdom to provide exactly that – time and support – to promising artists and curators from both countries: 45 days residencies in the UK and in Ukraine with a final group exhibition.

  • Grant: £1625 GBP + covered logistics, accommodation, etc.
  • Deadline: 27 June 2019
  • Open to: UK based artists; Ukraine based artists and curators

UK-Russia Grants Scheme

The Russia grants scheme is for individual musicians and professionals who have an existing interest in or contact with Russia and who have a strong project idea. 

  • Grant: up to £3k per project
  • Deadline: 1 July 2019
  • Open to: UK music professionals


SEAΔ is a program co-created by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council which creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia through their individual and collective leadership.

  • Opportunity: the program has 4 main gatherings spread over a one-year period where Fellows have the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded people from around the region
  • Deadline: 14 July 2019
  • Open to: SEAΔ is designed for all kinds of cultural practitioners (from artists to administrators, managers and policymakers) however applicants must be a citizen of either Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan or the United Kingdom

International Biennales and Festivals 2019

The British Council's Architecture Design Fashion team has set up a grant scheme to support participation by UK-based designers and architects at international biennales and festivals. This year, we invite organisers of international biennales and festivals to submit proposals for grants to support the participation of UK-based designers.

  • Grant: the value of each grant should be between £5,000 and £10,000 and not exceed 60% of the entire project funding
  • Deadline: 31 July 2019
  • Open to: international architecture and design biennales and festivals outside the UK wishing to showcase work by UK-based architects or designers

Special Call for Proposals British Council’s 60th anniversary in Canada - Grant support for a research trip to Québec 2020

For the occasion of the British Council’s 60th anniversary in Canada, British Council and the Gouvernement du Québec wish to support travel costs for research trips in the cultural sector.

  • Grant: CAD$ 2,500 (£1470 approx)
  • Deadline: 20 September 2019
  • Open to: UK (or Québec) artists, directors, authors, and other cultural workers

New Art New Audiences

New Art New Audiences (nAnA) aims to be a catalyst for the creation of new art that reaches new audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. The call is interested in projects that showcase new art to 18 to 35-year-old audiences who haven’t seen your art before.

  • Deadline: 1 July 2019
  • Grant: nAnA will fund 10 new major projects with grants up to £30,000, we also welcome experimental project proposals in the range of £5,000 to £10,000 projects in 2019
  • Open to: projects between the UK and two Sub-Saharan Africa regions (East, West, Southern)

Open Call for pavilion proposals Saudi Design Week

Responding to the 2019 Saudi Design Week theme Designing Happiness, British Council and Saudi Design Week are inviting architects and designers to design a temporary pavilion representative of a contemporary reinterpretation of the House of Hairs, a traditional Bedouin tent. The pavilion will be installed in the outdoor courtyard in the Saudi Design Week Exhibition space in Riyadh and on view during Saudi Design Week from 5 to 9 November 2019, with the potential to travel to other regional and international design weeks. 

  • Deadline: 15 July 2019
  • Grant: £9000 plus construction material cost covered by the partner
  • Open to: UK-based architects or designers with professional experience in creating and delivering design projects focused on public spatial installations and interventions

Open Call for public programme proposals Saudi Design Week

As part of the British Council collaboration with Saudi Design Week 2019 we are inviting creative organisations, curators and creative practitioners to submit proposals for the public events programme in response to the official Saudi Design Week theme; Designing Happiness. The proposed public programme can take the form of a talk, workshop or performance, and must include a minimum of 3 public events that will happen during Saudi Design Week in Riyadh from  5 to 9 November 2019.

  • Deadline: 15 July 2019
  • Grant: £9000
  • Open to: UK-based creative organisations, curators and creative practitioners with some professional experience in delivering public events

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