We are happy to announce the new Art new Audiences 2019 shortlist:

UK + West Africa: In Touch: Connecting Audiences to Art through Biomimetic Architecture + Southern Africa / Orisha! + Southern Africa
UBUNTU + Southern Africa / 
Birds Of Paradise + East Africa
Return + East Africa / Shakara Afro Eco + Southern Africa
 / Tone & Trait + Southern Africa / Tranceport + East Africa
 / Hausa Kiswahili Festival of Arts (HAKIFA) + East Africa
 / Mellowdic: Mellow World Series + Southern Africa
 / Afro Nation Mixtape + Southern Africa


  UK + Southern Africa: Is'xaxa | A Communal Practice + West Africa
 / new.Sounds + East Africa
 / 5565 + West Africa
 / The Digital Futures of African Fashion Curation + East Africa
 / Lip Service + West Africa
 / Art in the Hood: 3 cities 3 worlds + Southern Africa
 / Queerness Without Borders + East Africa
 / Powerplay + West Africa
Telling Tales + West Africa / 
Progress: How will Africa choose to move?  + Southern Africa / Field Notes No.2  + West Africa
 / The Arrangement + East Africa / iGqom Dance Sound System + West Africa 


  UK + East Africa: Contested Belongings + Southern Africa
 / making markets  + West Africa
 / African History for Children + East Africa / 
Darkroom Africa + Southern Africa
 / The Color of Freedom + West Africa
'Uzi' +Southern Africa / The things I would write songs about + Southern Africa
 / Rewomb + West Africa
Gifrika2020 + Southern Africa
 / What Happened to Mr.Mankwa? + East Africa / Drum up a circus + Southern Africa / Roads & Lines + West Africa / Tied by Tempo + West Africa  

Tied by Tempo + West Africa

Didn't make it to the shortlist this year? We value each project submitted, this does not mean that your project wasn't worth supporting, only that in this round it doesn't fit our criteria. We'll be holding a nAnA Open Call again in 2020 and invite you to strengthen those UK + Sub-Saharan Africa partner links for your proposal next year.

new Art new Audiences 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 in the following art forms: architecture, design and fashion; film; music; dance and theatre; creative economy; cultural skills; literature; visual arts; and any combination of art forms.

We are looking for projects between the UK and two Sub-Saharan Africa regions (East, West, Southern). At least three different countries must be involved in the project, each project must have at least one UK partner and at least one partner from Sub-Saharan Africa (from the countries specified below in 'eligible countries'). 


You might have some questions about #nAnA, or not be entirely sure of how to fill in the online application. Join the British Council Sub-Saharan Africa and UK Arts team in three webinar sessions where we talk about our arts programme, the #nAnA call, how to fill in the application form, and answer your questions live. The webinars will be hosted by Southern, East, West Africa & UK teams, while you might want to join a webinar depending on what region you live in, you are welcome to join any webinar as they will all cover #nAnA fully. 

Click to RSVP:  19 June, 3 pm EAT - East Africa & UK

Recordings: Southern Africa & UK  | West Africa & UK 

Can't make any of these days, or missed a webinar? We'll be posting links for each webinar's recording 2 days after each webinar.

Key Information

  1. nAnA will fund 10 new projects in 2019;
  2. Projects can bid for up to £30,000. 
  3. Please note as well as granting major projects at £30,000 we welcome experimental project proposals in the range of £5,000 to £10,000.
  4. Artists, arts organisations and/or art collectives from the specified countries (listed above) must connect to co-create, co-facilitate or co-produce new art together.  Examples of ways to interpret this criterion can be found in the downloadable info document.
  5. nAnA 2019 is particularly interested in supporting projects by artists, arts organisations and/or art collectives that already have, and want to build upon, cross country collaborations and connections. New partnerships are also encouraged and in the FAQs, you will see how British Council are offering support to identify arts partners in the UK and the Sub-Saharan Africa region;
  6. There are no restrictions on art forms and there are no restrictions on themes.

The Application

The online application will ask 5 questions on your project idea; the connections and collaborations you are making to the specified countries, cities and to your collaborators; the audience reach; your timeline and communication plan; and your budget. There will also be an opportunity to link to images; videos and any other supporting content that you might wish to include.

Upon submitting your application you will receive an email notification confirming its receipt. You will then be notified on Monday 22nd July if your project has been shortlisted. Shortlisting will be undertaken by British Council arts teams in each of the countries that the nAnA grant covers.

Applications will only be accepted through the online portal through this page.


 Applications close on 23:59pm, 1 July 2019, UTC.

Additional Information

Please download the information pack available below for more information, guidelines and FAQ's.

We are looking for projects between the UK and two Sub-Saharan Africa regions (East, West, Southern)


22 May 2019 - Open Call Begins

1 July 2019 - Open Call Closes

Eligible countries:

The United Kingdom: England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

East Africa: Ethiopia | Kenya | Rwanda | South Sudan | Sudan | Tanzania | Uganda

Southern Africa: Botswana | Malawi | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia | South Africa | Zambia | Zimbabwe

West Africa: Ghana | Nigeria | Senegal | Sierra Leone

East Africa and UK Focus:

Southern Africa and UK Focus:

West Africa and UK Focus: