Connections through Culture
Arts Mobility Grant Opportunities in the UK and Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

About the Programme

Connections Through Culture is an arts mobility grants run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia. The China programme has been supporting artists and arts professionals for more than a decade. In Taiwan, we started the first open call in July 2019. 

In August 2019, Connections Through Culture will be launched in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

This programme aims to develop exciting cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists, arts professionals and arts organisations, and to support long-lasting relationships between people from East Asia and the UK.

Celebrating the diverse cultural expression in both regions, the programme offers support, information, advice and networking opportunities for professional development. Grantees both from the UK and the East Asian countries benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

Who can apply for the Connections Through Culture grant?

Connections Through Culture is established to provide small grants to assist residents of the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam from the following groups:

  • Artists 
  • Cultural and arts professionals
  • Representatives of art collectives, networks or organisations

Grants are offered to those who work in the following areas: drama, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design and fashion.

Full guidelines and the application portal are at the end of this text.

What does Connections Through Culture offer?

  • Up to £2,500 development grant for individual artists or professionals from the UK wishing to visit any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme
  • Up to £3,500 development grant for individual artists or professionals from any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme wishing to visit the UK
  • Up to £5,000 collaboration grant for representatives of groups in any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme wishing to visit the UK, and for representatives of groups in the UK to visit any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme

Criteria and decision process for Development and Collaboration grant

Applications will be evaluated by the British Council, drawing on input from your Southeast Asian or UK partners and contacts where appropriate. Applications will be scored on:

Evidence of activity outline and developed discussions  30%
Evidence of a sound partner  30%
Usefulness of the grant to further development of the activity  30%
Evidence of estimated cost breakdown and timescales 10%

Full guidelines and application portal are at the end of this text.

What other support can I expect?

The mobility, upon confirmation, is expected to be self-directed. However, British Council staff based in Southeast Asia may provide some logistics support subject to early notification and availability. Grant notifications, disbursements and monitoring will be done online. 

Please note that successful applicants will be required to share feedback on their visit.

Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia is on its pilot call. Grants will be offered every three months. 

Round 1 application: 

26 August to 26 September 2019

Results out: 28 October 2019 

Grant travel should be between January to March 2020.

Round 2 application: 

Dates coming soon

For more information, please contact ctc@britishcouncil.org 

#BritishCouncilCTC

 

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