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 7 of the Artists’ International Development Fund is now open for applications, the deadline is 5pm Friday 9 May 2014. The deadline for Round 8 will be 5pm on 16 January 2015.

Please download the guidance (word / pdf) for more detail on how to apply.

You can download the lists of successful applicants using the link on the right. 

The programme is one of the targeted grants in our strategic funding programme.

Sixth round of successful applicants announced March 2014

We have announced the successful applicants from round 6. Successful applicants from the latest round cover a wider range of art forms and countries than before with countries such as Poland, Palestine and Kenya represented.

Other countries represented include Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Indonesia, Kosovo, Switzerland, Belgium, France, USA.

There were 215 eligible entries, of which a quarter (24%) were successful. The amount of funding available was increased significantly from round 5 onwards. The awarded projects include exchanging techniques to create and explore theatre which is accessible for both Deaf and Hearing audiences in USA, a residency and solo exhibition at unique artists run space Dios in Buenos Aires, in Argentina, working with an independent curator in Mexico City to develop new creative pathways and networks within the emerging contemporary art scene in Mexico City.

We have budget of £370,000 available in total for rounds 7 and 8.

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 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.