Open call: Three opportunities to attend arts events in Europe

| by Harriet Guest

Tags: International collaboration Opportunity

We're offering a unique triple opportunity, with our partners at Unlimited, for UK D/deaf and disabled artists to participate in major conferences and a festival in Europe

Jess Thom keynote2 Thomas ArranJess Thom, AKA Touretteshero, delivers the keynote speech at IETM Hull in March 2019. Photo: Thomas Arran 

As part of our mission to embed art made by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, we're offering bursaries for D/deaf and disabled artists to join either one, two or three of the following events:

  • IETM Rejika (24–27 October 2019)
    An international performing arts networking event in Croatia
  • No Limits Festival Berlin (7–16 November 2019)
    An international theatre festival in Germany
  • IETM spring 2020 (dates and location to be confirmed)
    An international performing arts networking event in a city in Europe

For more information about each event see our At a Glance section below.

This is a chance to experience the cultural conversations taking place across Europe, develop new networks, experience international work, and to share information about your own practice.

This is the seventh time we've offered these bursaries to underrepresented groups, helping to reflect the diversity of the UK on the world stage. As well as bursaries to attend the events, we will provide access support through our partners in this programme, Unlimited.

"The British Council has long identified IETM as a key place that Europe’s performing artists and producers gather on equal terms with venues and programmers. Not to pitch works at one another, but to engage in debate and to build long-term relationships which can flourish into artistic opportunities," says Ben Evans, Head of Arts and Disability for the EU at the British Council.

"The No Limits Festival in Berlin focuses on disability related arts, and activism in the disability arts sector. Our partnership with Unlimited aims to ensure that the UK’s disabled artists benefit from these opportunities, and we genuinely want more applications from a wider group of artists and producers."

"Performing artists and producers gather on equal terms with venues and programmers"

Dance workshop2 Thomas ArranParticipants take part in the "morning energiser" at IETM Hull in March 2019. Photo: Thomas Arran

  

At a glance:

 

What are the bursaries for?


Applicants can apply for bursaries to attend either one, two or three of the following events – depending on eligibility.

 

IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) is a network for the contemporary performing arts with over 450 members from across the world. Members include arts organisations and individuals working in theatre, dance, circus, new media, live art, festivals, and in research centres and institutional bodies. The members run two plenary sessions a year in European cities that include debate, pitches and networking alongside an artistic programme of international work. 

Attending IETM is the ideal opportunity for creative practitioners who want to make international contacts and broaden their understanding of the global challenges facing the performing arts community in the 21st century.

IETM Rijeka in Croatia will explore the theme of audiences. The event aims to deepen and challenge our understanding of participation, cultural democracy, everyday creativity, audience development and ownership. 

The biennial No Limits Festival is an important event in Germany's disability arts calendar. The festival works with established venues within Berlin's thriving independent scene to present leading disability-led companies and disabled artists from Germany and around the world. Alongside the work, there is a symposium promising lively debate and speakers.

This is a chance to experience a cultural aesthetic which is very different from the UK and to network with artists and arts professionals. The festival is also ideal for practitioners who want to broaden their understanding of the global disability arts movement.  

IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) is a network for the contemporary performing arts with over 450 members from across the world. Members include arts organisations and individuals working in theatre, dance, circus, new media, live art, festivals, and in research centres and institutional bodies. The members run two plenary sessions a year in European cities that include debate, talks, pitches and networking alongside an artistic programme of international work. 

Attending IETM is the ideal opportunity for creative practitioners who want to make international contacts and broaden their understanding of the global challenges facing the performing arts community in the 21st century.

We expect IETM 2020 to take place in March or April next year. The dates and the European city that will host the conference will be announced in July.

 

What does the bursary cover?

Successful applicants will receive a £500 bursary for each event they attend. The bursary money can be used to contribute towards travel, accommodation, daily costs and show tickets, but is not limited to these expenses. In partnership with Unlimited we will cover access costs and support access requirements. Bursary winners also get free registration to each event (usually 100).

 

What about access?

To enhance access to each event, British Council is working with Unlimited to support individual access needs and, as far as possible, to meet access requirements. This will be agreed with you in advance and might include British Sign Language interpretation, personal assistant travel costs or additional taxi fares. 

  • IETM Rijeka

IETM is striving to make its meetings as accessible as possible in partnership with local host organisations. Rijeka is a port city with picturesque, but challenging, stairs and cobbled streets. 

We are working with IETM to provide additional access where possible. However, due to the geographic location and local facilities, we anticipate that some of the venues in the programme will pose significant access challenges to wheelchair users. See a guide to wheelchair access in Rijeka

As with all the opportunities, Unlimited will work with successful applicants to support individual access needs.

  • No Limits Festival Berlin

At this stage we are unaware of access issues in the No Limits Festival. Unlimited will work with successful applicants to support individual access needs.

  • IETM spring 2020

IETM is working to make its meetings as accessible as possible in partnership with local host organisations. As the location is yet to be confirmed we are not aware of any geographical or venue access restrictions. Unlimited will work with successful applicants to support individual access needs.

 

Who is eligible to apply? 

These opportunities are open to independent D/deaf and disabled artists and producers working in performing arts. You should be based in the UK and not acting on behalf of an NPO or a regularly funded organisation.

You can apply for either one, two, or all three of these opportunities. However, we will support one person to attend IETM a maximum of two times through this scheme, so:

  • if you have received a bursary from the British Council to attend one IETM meeting before, you can apply to attend only one of the IETM events and/or the No Limits Festival
  • if you have a received a bursary from the British Council to attend two IETM meetings before, you are not eligible to apply for the bursary to attend IETM this time. You can, however, apply to attend the No Limits Festival.

If you are a minority ethnic artist, see our separate bursary scheme to attend IETM Rijeka.

 

How do I apply? 

We have a single application form which you can use to express an interest in one, two, or all three of these events, depending on your eligibility (see above) and your interests.

Apply here

If you would like the form in an alternative format or if you have questions please contact us on: theatreanddance@britishcouncil.org 

 

When is the deadline?


Monday 22 July 2019 09:00 (BST)

 

What are your criteria for selecting bursary award winners?


We will be looking for applications that demonstrate that attending an IETM event and/or the No Limits Festival will be useful to your career. This might mean that your visit is part of a wider international strategy for your work. Alternatively, it might be an important first step for you to explore international networks following success in the UK.

 

Who makes the final selection?


The successful bursary recipients will be selected by a panel including experts from the theatre and dance sector together with arts specialists from Unlimited and the British Council.

 

Find out more:

 

Discover the bursary recipients from IETM Munich

> Watch the keynote speech from IETM Hull

Check out Gareth Cutter's account of IETM Brussels

View IETM’s report on how we can preserve diversity in the arts

Read a case study about Unlimited's involvement with IETM

Unlimited's Clara Giraud tells us what IETM is all about


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