Opportunity: New grants for arts research in Africa

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Are you a UK-based arts organisation, curator or programmer? Our new Arts Connects Us grants offer you the chance to make connections and conduct research in Sub-Saharan Africa

James SSA opBirds of Paradise Theatre Company working with East Africa Nights of Tolerance Festival, Rwanda. Photo: British Council

We're pleased to announce the British Council's new Art Connects Us initiative, which offers up to 12 grants of £2,500 to UK-based creatives undertaking research in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our aim with these grants is to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also want to expand the UK's knowledge of contemporary African art and to enable UK audiences to experience more work from Sub-Saharan Africa.

We're seeking expressions of interest from UK-based arts organisations, curators and programmers, whether you work in visual arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, architecture, design, fashion or film. Successful applicants will travel to Sub-Saharan Africa between June and December 2018 to conduct research.

The research may involve meeting artists and potential partners, finding out more about an art-form in a particular country or countries, gaining understanding of current trends in Sub-Saharan Africa, visiting arts organisations, or attending events and festivals with a view to bringing work to the UK.

"This fund is a great opportunity for UK-based artists and organisations to develop knowledge and insight into the complexities that young African artists are giving voice to, and for this work to be seen on UK stages", says James Tyson, our Theatre and Dance Programme Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. "It can also provide a first step towards the critical face-to-face meetings which allow shared and collaborative projects to take shape".

If you're interested in applying see below for further details.

"This fund is a great opportunity to bring young African perspectives to UK stages"


At a glance:


How much can I apply for?
Each individual or arts organisation can apply for up to £2,500.

Where can I find more information about the grants?
Please read the full application guidelines and objectives before you make an application.

Am I eligible to apply?
Applications are welcome from UK-based arts organisations, curators and programmers with a proven track record of working internationally and a minimum of five years' professional experience in their sector. Please read the application criteria before submitting an application.

How do I apply?

Please read the application requirements before submitting an application. You should submit a PDF expression of interest, a short statement outlining why you are applying for this research grant, an activity plan, and a CV to nadine.patel@britishcouncil.org.

When is the deadline?
18.00 BST (British Summer Time) on 11 May 2018.

Which countries are covered by the programme?
Research can be undertaken in the following countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Who can I contact for questions?
For further information or enquiries please contact our Senior Programme Manager for Arts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nadine Patel at nadine.patel@britishcouncil.org.




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