International opportunities for UK artists

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Looking to work internationally but not sure where to begin? Here’s a quick rundown of funding opportunities that you can apply for

Girls from Thepo Theatre at Trina Haldar's workshopTrina Haldar's collaborates with Thespo Theatre in Mumbai. Photo: Thespo Theatre

One of the questions we're most often asked by UK practitioners is: how can I get my first break working overseas? Over the past few years, new initiatives have sprung up, with the British Council and others like us committing to help artists, producers and organisations build international links. Here's a quick guide to the regular funding schemes to help you get started.

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UK wide

See a list of all current British Council international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.

Our IETM bursaries offer UK d/Deaf, disabled, black, Asian or minority ethnic practitioners the chance to attend a major performing arts networking event in Europe. IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) is a network of over five hundred performing arts organisations and individuals working in contemporary performance in Europe and all over the world. 

Next deadline: to be confirmed

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As part of the Developing Inclusive and Creative Enterprise (DICE) fund we are offering grants from £3000–£5000 for UK creative and social enterprises to develop partnerships in one of five countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.

Deadline: 18 June 2018

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The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship awards bursaries to travel overseas for up to two months to research a topic of your choice. They welcome applications from artists and makers to learn from other countries and to spread the global insights that you bring back.

Next deadline: 18 September 2018

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The Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship provides financial support to individuals who wish to travel abroad or in the United Kingdom to attend a conference, to pursue a research project or undertake a short course of study in the field of movement or dance.

Next deadline: Applications for next year will open in November 2018

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You can apply for the Arts Council England's Develop Your Creative Practice Fund. Individual artists and/or creative practitioners can apply for a £2,000–£10,000 grant to build new networks, create new work or pursue research and development opportunities.

Next deadline: 16 May 2018

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Northern Ireland

Arts Council Northern Ireland support artists and arts organisations from theatre and literature to art in the community. If you'd like to know more about their funding opportunities you can visit their website or e-mail them on:

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The Federation of Scottish Theatre’s placement programme is designed for those working in producing roles across dance, opera and theatre. It focuses on the professional development of producers and supports successful applicants to undertake a placement with established producers in the UK and overseas.

Deadline: The next round of applications will open in June 2018.

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Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding is open to Scottish-based artists and organisations looking to tour or collaborate internationally. You will need to demonstrate the benefits it will bring to you and your work, and how this will feed back into future activity benefiting the people of Scotland. Applicants from outside Scotland looking to looking to apply will only be eligible if the project is able to demonstrate that it provides significant benefit to Scottish-based artists and/or audiences.

Deadline: You can apply for this fund at any time.

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Wales Arts International’s International Opportunity Fund
supports Wales-based professional arts practitioners and organisations to undertake international visits aimed at the development of international work, and to present and deliver artistic work outside the UK.

Deadline: You can apply for this fund at any time.

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Creative Europe’s Culture programme mainly supports collaborative projects between organisations from the creative, cultural and heritage sectors in different countries. There is also support for publishers to translate European fiction. Creative Europe Desk UK is England’s team of specialists – it organises workshops, seminars and networking events across the country and offers free guidance to prospective applicants.

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Find more funds:

> Research international funding with IETM’s Fund Finder

> See funding and advice at On the Move

> Find funding for research with AHRC’s Research Beyond Borders blog

> Explore residency opportunities with Transartists


Talk to us:

> Email us to tell us about more international funds and resources for UK practitioners

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