Mat Wright

We are seeking two Malaysian delivery partners to co-curate and co-deliver a UK delegation of arts practitioners, climate activists, scientists and or academics to Malaysia in March 2024 and advise on a creative commission in 2025

About this opportunity

The British Council has launched the new global programme Culture Responds to Global Challenges. It’s climate change strand aims to enable artists to tell the climate change story and improve practices in cultural organisations. In Malaysia the British Council will run Human-Nature: a 3-year programme of collaborations and partnerships between the UK and Malaysia Civil Society Organisations and arts sectors, to explore Malaysia’s cultural diversity and biodiversity, and develop creative responses to climate adaptation. 

As part of the Human-Nature programme, we want to engage two Malaysian delivery partners (CSOs and/or art organisations), to support the delivery of a UK delegation to Malaysia in March 2024. The delegation will be made up of art practitioners, climate activists, scientists, and academics with the purpose to establish connections and collaborations between UK and Malaysian artists, organisations, and experts who work at the intersection of art and climate response with local indigenous communities. Through this opportunity and participation in Human-Nature, the Malaysian delivery partners will also be able to strengthen their capacity to advocate, by embedding arts and creative responses to climate adaptation into their practices. 

Objectives of the Delivery Partnership

This partnership will contribute to Human-Nature’s first year of programme activity (with scope to continue partnership in future programme activity).

Project activity 1 objectives - Potential Malaysian Delivery Partners (CSOs and/or art organisations):

  1. Potential partners that are interested to embed arts and creative response to climate adaptation as a practice in their organisation.
  2. Potential partners that can support to deliver Human-Nature programme activities, providing local insights, networks, connections, and support on the ground to:
  • Generate and share insights with UK and Malaysia stakeholders on the current issues faced by Indigenous communities, including the challenges, opportunities, and contributions with regards to climate adaptation.
  • Support to shape a delegation programme for UK producers, curators, and experts in the fields of artistic commissions, environmental projects, academia (anthropologists, ethnologists, scientists). 
  • Provide insight on the shaping of a creative commission: in programme year 2, we will commission a collaboration of UK and Malaysian artists to create awareness on climate adaptation and creative solutions. This work, together with the other creative projects planned in year 2, will be showcased in Malaysia and the UK to create awareness about indigenous rights and voices.
  • Shape dialogues and community engagements opportunities: contribute to developing thought leadership content and encourage dialogues between communities, arts, and policy makers. 

How to apply

To apply please complete and submit Annex 2, Annex 3, and Annex 4 to erica.choong@britishcouncil.org.my and florence.lambert@britishcouncil.org.my by 26 November. These documents can be accessed below and includes a series of questions and required information.  

Application timeline:

Activity  Date
RFP Issued to bidding suppliers 6 November 2023
Deadline for clarification questions  14 November 2023
British Council to respond to clarification questions 17 November 2023
Deadline for submission of Proposals by potential suppliers  26 November 2023
Final Decision and announcement  30 November 2023
Contract concluded with winning supplier 15 December 2023
Contract start date 15 December 2023
Final Monitoring and Evaluation report 8 April 2024
Contract end date 30 April 2024

 To apply submit Annex 2, Annex 3, and Annex 4 to erica.choong@britishcouncil.org and florence.lambert@britishcouncil.org by 26 November 2023

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