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

This page lists all opportunities open to UK applicants, and overseas partners. 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.

Our opportunities are updated regularly and consist of global and regional call-outs. 

UK only


2023 Venice Fellowships Programme: Open Call For Partners

If your institution or organisation is interested in becoming a partner for the 2023 Venice Fellowships Programme – Architecture Biennale – please complete and submit the online – just click on the link above where you'll also find a pdf for further guidance.

Open to: (a) UK Arts, Architecture and Humanities Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) or Schools/Departments (b) UK community-based Arts, Crafts, Design, Architecture, Cultural or Creative Organisations who work with/for young people, especially from socio-economic disadvantaged groups and backgrounds, and/or minorities groups, such as: ethnicity (ethnic minority), race (racial minority), religion (religious minority), sexual orientation (sexual minority), or disability.

Deadline: Thursday 25 August 2022, 23:59 BST

Calling for Digital Content, Graphics Production and Marketing Campaign Delivery for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

We're looking for a team to supply an integrated service to support the annual exhibitions and global marketing campaign for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale starting later this year. It is not essential that the supplier has in-house capacity to undertake all of these workstreams, though they will need to demonstrate experience and ability in project management to subcontract each of the workstreams in the contract.

Deadline: Wednesday 17 August 2022, 10.00 BST


Global or multiple countries


Research into the Missing Pillar Report

We would like to commission a new research study following on from our first Missing Pillar Report in 2018 into culture’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Deadline: 7 August 2022, 17.00 (BST)

Unlimited Micro Awards

These awards are available to enable artists across artforms to build connections and collaborations.

Grant: Up to £2,500

Open to: Projects must be led by a disabled artist / collective based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales and the international collaborator must be a disabled artist / collective based in countries in receipt of Official Development Assistance (ODA). For full details, please follow the link above to Unlimted Micro Awards.

Deadline: 30 August 2022, 12.00 (BST)

Grants avilable for architecture and design biennales and festivals 2022

The British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion team has supported presentations by UK architects and designers across ten international platforms since 2016 through our biennales and festivals grants. This round, we’re awarding grants of between £2,000 and £4,000 to support biennales and festivals in the UK to present work by international designers, and biennales and festivals outside the UK to present work by UK designers.

Grant: £2,000-£4,000

Open to: Biennales and festivals outside the UK wishing to showcase work by UK-based designers, or UK biennales and festivals wishing to showcase work by international designers are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Thursday 15 September, 18.00 (BST)

Cultural Protection Fund small grants open call

Our Cultural Heritage Fund supports efforts to keep cultural heritage safe. If your organisation has a project to safeguard cultural heritage from risks relating to conflict, instability and/or climate change you can apply for up to £100,000.

Grant: Up to £100,000

Open to: Organisations can apply from anywhere in the world, but must be working in one of the fund’s target countries or territories:

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen

East Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

South Asia – Afghanistan

If you are not based in one of the above countries or territories, you can apply but you must have a local partner where the project is taking place. Individuals and sole traders are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: N/A



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East Asia


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 

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

Middle East and North Africa


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South Asia


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Sub-Saharan Africa


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Wider Europe


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