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

Here are all the opportunities, open to UK applicants and overseas partners, that we have available for you. Our opportunities are updated regularly and consist of global and regional call-outs. These can be opportunities open to artists and organisations to work with us, for us, or alongside us, in the UK and around the world.

UK only

 

Festival Travel Grants 2024

These grants will enable representatives from UK festivals to visit a festival (or festivals) in mainland China. This is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of the cultural landscape in mainland China and to make connections which will benefit their own festival in the UK.

Grants: up to £3,000.

Deadline: round one deadline Thursday 29 February 2024; round two deadline Wednesday 8 May 2024.

International Showcase Fund 

The International Showcase Fund (ISF) offers grants of up to £5,500 for international export opportunities for UK-based artists, bands, songwriters and producers who have been invited to perform or create new music at international industry facing showcasing festivals, song writing camps or conferences. Our partnership with PRS Foundation to support this opportunity is specifically designed to enable UK artists to perform and collaborate at festivals and showcase opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and Latin America.

Grant: up to £5,500.

Deadline: rolling deadlines.

Film Travel Grants Fund

Our Film Travel Grant Fund is supported by BFI National Lottery funding in partnership with BFI NETWORK and the BFI International Fund. The grants are designed to enable filmmakers to represent work abroad, develop new contacts and networks, and reach new audiences. It is particularly created to increase the exposure of new and emerging UK films, XR projects and talent on an international stage.

Open to: UK filmmakers and XR creatives.

Grants: awards for short and feature film festival grants range from £100 – £1,500 but will not normally exceed £750. Awards for XR projects are divided into two tiers: travel only (£100 – £1,500) and a limited number of travel / technical grants for larger scale showcasing, capped at £7,000.

Deadline: there are no deadlines; this is a rolling fund. Applications must be made in advance of travel and we can not fund events that have already taken place.

Global Creative Legacy Grants and West Midlands Future Growth Grants

In partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, we are launching a new small grants programme for artists, creatives, and arts, culture and heritage organisations to boost their international profile, create new partnerships abroad, and promote their work on a global scale. Applications are open for grants between £2,500 and £8,000 across the two strands of funding:

  • Global Creative Legacy Grants – for the development of partnerships between West Midlands organisations and partners in ODA-eligible countries.
  • West Midlands Future Growth Grants – aimed at individuals and organisations seeking to develop their practice through international work.

Deadline: Monday 29 April 2024.

Bundanon’s Artist in Residence programme

We're supporting a three-week residency, for a UK based artist, at this year's Bundanon Artist in Residence programme – the largest of its kind in Australia and one that spans the organisation’s 30 year history. Applications will be accepted from individuals – whether you’re an emerging talent or an established professional – collaborative groups and incorporated companies.

This residency is part of our work within climate and sustainability, supporting contemporary artistic practices, providing a space for artists to conceive, experiment with and develop new work including: arts as place-based climate action, creative sense-making for present and future, collaboration between arts and science and culture as an ally in climate activism.

Online information session: Tuesday 23 April 2024. Register for the online information session.

Deadline: Wednesday 15 May 2024.

Global or multiple countries

 

International Collaboration Grants 2024

A pot of £1 million is now available, supporting new cultural collaborations between UK artists, arts professionals and organisations and their peers around the world. Our International Collaboration Grants encourage new bilateral and multilateral partnerships – across arts – providing funding to enable organisations to make and develop creative artwork with their international peers, and help individual artists find innovative ways of collaborating.

Grant: between £25,000 and £75,000.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 April 2024, 23.59 (GMT).

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.

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.

Americas

 

Please check back soon for more opportunities or take a look at our 'Global or multiple country' opportunities that you might be eligible for.

East Asia

 

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.

Open to: UK creatives and organisations.

Deadline: N/A.

Middle East and North Africa

 

Please check back soon for more opportunities or take a look at our 'Global or multiple country' opportunities that you might be eligible for.

South Asia

 

Art Exchange: Moving Image

'Art Exchange: Moving Image' is a new collaborative and cross-cultural curatorial professional development and exhibition programme for early to mid-career visual arts curators from South Asia to work with the British Council Collection’s moving image works. The programme is delivered in partnership us at the British Council, LUX and Art South Asia Project (ASAP). Participants will receive: mentoring support from LUX and ASAP; professional development and networking opportunities; a fully-funded research trip to the UK in Autumn 2024; the opportunity to work with moving image works in the British Council visual arts collection; logistical and financial support to stage a final exhibition; a curatorial fee.

Open to: applicants must be based in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka but do not need to be a national of these countries.

Application form: available here via Google forms.

Further support: To find out more, sign up and join us for a webinar on Tuesday 23 April, 15.00 (BST) (19.30PM IST, 19.00 PKT, 20.00 Dhaka, 19.30 SLST, 19.45 NPT) with Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX; Mala Yamey, Head of Programmes at Art South Asia Project (ASAP); and E.N Mirembe, Curator from the Inaugural Sub-Sarahan Africa edition of Art Exchange: Moving Image. Sign up here

Deadline: Friday 31 May, 23.59 (BST).

Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Please check back soon for more opportunities or take a look at our 'Global or multiple country' opportunities that you might be eligible for.

Europe

 

Please check back soon for more opportunities or take a look at our 'Global or multiple country' opportunities that you might be eligible for.