Belfast artist Aisling O'Beirn's work as part of the multiplicity exhibition in New York city - Image © Aisling O'Beirn

* Applications for 2023 are now closed* 

The Artists’ International Development Fund is a £50,000 annual programme jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council Northern Ireland.

The aim of the programme is to support individual international developmental opportunities for talent and artistic excellence from Northern Ireland and, thereby, enhance Northern Ireland’s international artistic development, reputation and standing.

The British Council and the Arts Council want the programme to produce:

  • a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK (and also globally) who have experienced the benefits of international working between the UK and other countries and are advocates for it among their peers
  • an increase in the amount of international collaboration among artists between the UK and other countries across the arts and creative industries
  • artistic development for artists.

The programme supports early stage international development opportunities for individual, freelance and self-employed artists and organisations based in Northern Ireland. It will afford recipients the opportunity to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.