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

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.

Open Call: Making Matters x Levi's Digital Residency 

Together with Levi’s®, British Council is inviting EU-based fashion, textiles, craft and materials designers or artists to submit creative proposals reimagining Levi’s® post-consumer materials.  This open call invites applications from EU-based fashion, textiles, craft and materials designers and artists to submit proposals for reimagining Levi’s® post-consumer materials, as part of the Architecture Design Fashion (ADF) Making Matters programme and the Levi’s® by Levi’s® initiative.

  • Deadline: Wednesday 18th August, 23.00 BST.
  • Open to: EU-based fashion, textiles, craft and materials designers and artists

Call for partners: Musicians in Residence programme for 2021-22

We are looking for four UK organisations to join us as hosting partners on a new and expanded digital edition of the Musicians in Residence programme for 2021-22.

  • Deadline: To apply to become a Musicians in Residence host partner, please complete the expression of interest by 23:59 BST on Thursday, 26 August. 
  • Open to: We welcome applications from organisations of all types, scales and disciplines, from music to the wider arts and beyond (for example science or technology).

SSA Cultural Exchange Fund 

The SSA/UK Cultural Exchange supports individuals and organisations with funding to conduct research, make new connections or create collaborative work with a partner in the UK on a digital art project if you are based in any of the eligible countries in Sub- Saharan Africa. Individuals and organisations in participating countries  can apply for grants in three categories:

  1. Research: Grants to undertake research between SSA and UK arts and creative sectors
  2. New Connections: Grants to support new or early-stage collaborations between artists, arts professionals and partners in SSA and the UK
  3. Collaborative Artmaking: Grants to support larger-scale collaborative projects by individuals or organisations in SSA and the UK
  • Grant: between £5K up to £30k
  • Deadline: New Connections: 8 September 2021, Collaborative Artmaking: 8 September 2021, Research: Rolling application till 1 February 2022
  • Open to: Artists/Organisations in the UK ( England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and Eligible Sub Saharan African countries (  Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe) 

Digital Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata

Artists from all fields are invited to apply for the fourth Indo-European Residency Project, Kolkata. Five artists practicing different art forms from Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and India will be selected to work and explore Kolkata from September-December through a digital platform that is specially designed for the residency.

  • Grant: scholarship of equivalent to €2000 (roughly £1720) for the period of nine weeks as well as contribution to the production costs required for creating works collaboratively or individually for a digital platform at the end of the residency
  • Deadline: 7 August 2021 
  • Open to: artists living and working in UK who are interested in realising an art project in Kolkata on a digital platform and have a suitable project in mind to work on during their residency

UK/Russia Creative Bridge: Open call for grants for UK and Russian cultural organisations

The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow is pleased to announce an open call for UK and Russian cultural organisations to fund projects which aim to showcase contemporary UK arts to Russian audiences offline or online during the period of October 2021 – February 2022.

  • Grant: The value of each grant is minimum £7,000 – maximum £50,000
  • Deadline: 
    There will be two rounds of applications, with the following deadlines:
    1st Round: 2 August 2021
    2nd Round: 29 August 2021
  • Open to: arts institutions from across the UK and the whole of Russia that have a desire and the potential to realise international collaborations to take part in this programme

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