Mobility Grants for Arts Opportunities in the UK and Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

About the Programme

Connections Through Culture is a mobility grants programme 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?

Applicants living in the UK or in any of the six Southeast Asian countries mentioned can apply for the grant:

  • Artists
  • Cultural and Arts Professionals
  • Representatives of Art Collectives, Networks or Organisations

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

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 an 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 grants

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%

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.

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 with subject line: "CTC UK-SEA application"

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