Connections Through Culture Arts arts mobility grants

British Council’s Connections Through Culture mobility grant aims to promote arts and cultural exchange between the UK and Southeast Asia. The grant is a first-of-its kind project to spark innovative ways for participants from six Southeast Asian countries and the UK to collaborate through the arts.  

Connections Through Culture is a bilateral grants programme designed to seed exciting cultural exchanges between artists and arts organisations, and nurture cooperation and long-lasting relationships between the UK and six Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

Following similar initiatives in China and Taiwan, artists, arts professionals and art group representatives from the six the Southeast Asia countries and the UK are eligible to apply for the mobility grant valued from £2,500 to £5,000. Artists from the Southeast Asia and the UK may use the grants for self-directed travel to meet with specialists, peers in the field and potential collaborators in the UK and in Southeast Asia between January-March 2020. 

The 3rd round of applications will open soon.

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 any 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 making 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: 
4 October to 4 November 2019
Results out: 9 December 2019 
Grant travel should be between April to June 2020.

Round 3 application: 
Dates coming soon

For more information, please contact ctc@britishcouncil.org  with subject line: “CTC UK-SEA application”