The British Council SSA art programmes aim 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, through December 2018 and March 2019 we sought to receive expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations / curators / programmers working in 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.
We are delighted to announce the successful applicants to the sub Saharan Africa Research Grants open call this year are:
Ali Eisa, Autograph (Visual Art) – Sudan
Chloe Garner, Ledbury Poetry Festival (Literature) – Botswana & Zimbabwe
Dominique Heyse Moore, Whitworth Art Gallery (Design) - South Africa
Edward Gillman and Hiba Ismail, Auto Italia (Film) - Sudan
Farnham Maltings (Performance) – Nigeria & Ghana
Helen Legg, Tate Liverpool (Visual Art) – Nigeria
Neo Neo - Bounce Culture and The Black Box (Music) – Kenya & Ghana
Tarik Elmoutawakil, Marlborough Theatre (Performance) – South Africa
Tom Faber, Resident Advisor (Music) – Mozambique
In response to our open call, we received over 150 applications – creating some tough decisions for our judging panel, which included previous SSA Research grant recipient Emily Dust .
Beyond providing the grant the British Council supports the grantees by helping them to design their itineraries and find new arts contacts.
A sample of previous grantees include: