Are you a freelance or self-employed artist?
The Artists’ International Development fund is more than just a way to put on an exhibition in another country, it’s your chance to share your passion with others and get your name out there. Previous applicants have talked about the connections and strong network they created from their time abroad and how it’s benefitted them since.
And, of course, there’s the opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely different culture with new sights, sounds, and smells. A whole world of inspiration just waiting to be tapped in to.
Set up through partnerships between the British Council and the Arts Councils in England and Northern Ireland, its aim is to open international perspectives for artists and to expand their horizons.
Each year grants are offered of up to £5,000 to freelance or self-employed artists in England and Northern Ireland to help them take their work to a global audience.
What does it involve?
Artists from just about any discipline are welcome to apply, so long as they live in England / Northern Ireland. Previous grants have been awarded for projects involving dance, poetry, street performance, school furniture and microbiology.
The proposal must have a clear explanation of how your work will benefit from the experience, leading to a grant of anything from £1,000 to a maximum of £5,000.
The basic criteria for applying for grants in either England or Northern Ireland are:
- you must be over 18 at the time of applying
- you must not be studying in higher education
- you must have received recognition for your work
- you must demonstrate an interest in your work from an overseas partner/host
- you must not have extensive international experience.
Applications are currently open for funding in England.
You can find a downloadable PDF with full guidelines for applications.
When are the deadlines?
In England, Round 15 of applications closes at 5pm on 22 March 2017. Please note: New applicant profiles must be submitted for validation on the online application system by 5pm Wednesday 8 March. You will not be able to start an application until your applicant profile has been validated.
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