The Salooni is a pop-up hair salon and art installation, which was supported by a new Arts new Audiences grant in 2017. ©

The Salooni. Photographer: Darlyne Komukama

Call for Expressions of Interest

The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK with a view to increase work from Sub-Saharan Africa being seen and experienced by UK audiences. 

With this in mind we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations / curators / programmers working in any of the following art forms - Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake their own professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field. The trips should take place between April 2019 and March 2020. 

Research may take the form of meeting with potential artists and partners; finding out more about your chosen art forms’ ecosystem in a country or countries; gaining an understanding of art trends in Sub-Saharan Africa; meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or curating work in the UK.

The countries covered under the programme (in which the British Council operates) are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Please download the Call for Expressions for full details and criteria. (You will find it at the bottom of this page under 'Downloads').

Timelines:

  • The grant is open for applications between 10 December 2018 and 8 March 2019
  • Announcements 25 March 2019 

Art Connects Us Sub-Saharan Africa - Connecting contemporaries

Our Art Connects Us Sub-Saharan Africa strategy will focus on supporting our regional vision through working to develop stronger creative sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that are better connected to the UK. This work will enable the UK to hear clearly the voices of young Africans.

We work through our partners in the creative sectors of the UK and SSA. We will stimulate new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the Arts.

  • Art, audiences and innovation - Sharing the best of arts and culture in the UK and SSA will be at the heart of our agenda. We will be a catalyst for partners working to bring new art to audiences. 
  • Skills and networking - We will continually strive to stretch audiences for the arts through developing new networks and skills for our partners. 
  • Brokering and communication
 - We will help communicate the work of the creative sectors where we work enabling artists and audiences to connect with each other.

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Primary contacts for work in the region

Highlights of our work in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • 

East Africa Arts - Connecting new audiences to new art across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the UK.
  • Connect ZA
 - A cultural programme developed between the UK and South Africa.
  • Zimbabwe: Making More Art Happen - Supporting creative spaces and people to people dialogue between the UK and Zimbabwe.
  • Yinka Shonibare: Wind Sculpture VI
 - For the first major solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) in Nigeria, Wind Sculpture VI, a six metre high fibreglass sculpture, was installed in Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Lagos.
  • Lagos Theatre Festival
 - An annual festival presenting theatre in unconventional spaces.

Artists in residence as part of East Africa Soul Train, 2017. Photographer: Bwette Daniel Gilbert

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