The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.
The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.
Round 6 of the Artists’ International Development Fund is now closed. The next round of the fund will open for applications at 10am on Monday 24 February 2014. The deadline for applications will be 5pm Friday 9 May 2014.
You can download the lists of successful applicants using the link on the right.
Fifth round of successful applicants announced, November 2013
We have announced the successful applicants from Round 5. Successful applicants from the latest round cover a wider range of art forms and countries than before with countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and South Africa represented.
Other countries represented include Brazil, Columbia, Sweden, USA, Russia, Slovakia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Denmark, Australia, Norway, Tanzania, Belgium, Burma and Bangladesh.
There were 76 eligible entries, of which nearly half (46%) were successful. The amount of funding available was increased significantly for round 5 compared to the previous rounds. They include a project linking carnival in the UK and Rio in the run up to the 2016 Olympics, a giant scroll bridging an artist’s shared heritage of Burma and Bangladesh and an exploration of fashion trends as they reflect social and political history in Slovakia, amongst many others.
There is also an increase in the amount available for the next two rounds, with £275,000 each for rounds 6 and 7, and we are looking at widening the eligibility criteria. This will mean we can support even more high quality applications in the future.
Our aims for the programme
We have developed the Artists' international development fund to help us achieve our aims within goal 1 of our 10-year framework Achieving great art and culture for everyone: talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. We want artists to be open to international perspectives and to expand their horizons.
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 Arts Council and British Council have a memorandum of understanding in place, focussed around this work.
Value and number of awards
Artists are able to apply for small grants (minimum of £1,000 up to £5,000). You can only apply to the Artists' international development programme once in any financial year.
We have limited funds available and expect that there will be a significant demand for investment. It is likely that there will be good applications that we will not be able to fund. You should also think about other sources of investment in case we are unable to award funding. If you have already been awarded a grant from Artists' International Development fund, you are unlikely to receive a second award because we want to use the fund to support as many individual artists and arts practitioners as possible.
Information about other organisations that distribute Lottery grants can be found at www.lotteryfunding.org.uk. If you decide to make an application, we wish you every success.
Funding for film makers
In parallel with the Artists' international development fund, the British Council are administering a separate fund for film makers designed to help emerging UK film talent travel with their work and reach new international audiences. The Travel Grant Fund will support makers of short films in the UK in showing their work at international film festivals.
Visit the British Council's website for further information.