British Council Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants: Applications are currently invited from suitably qualified candidates for British Council Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants 2021 for Young Creative Professionals.
The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK.
British Council Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants
With this in mind, we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations, curators or programmers working in any of the following art forms – Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film – to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake their own professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field. The trips should take place between April 2019 and March 2021.
Research may take the form of meeting with potential artists and partners; finding out more about your chosen art form’s ecosystem in a country or countries; gaining an understanding of art trends in Sub-Saharan Africa; meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or curating work in the UK.
Aims of the Programme
This opportunity aims to:
- facilitate the UK creative sector’s ambitions to connect with young, African creatives and art professionals who are 18 to 35-year-olds;
- increase opportunities for UK arts organisations and individuals to visit African cities and gain further insight into the chosen local art sector;
- encourage and support the development of networks that connect the UK and Sub-Saharan African arts sectors for the long term;
- widen the opportunities for art professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with UK arts organisations and arts professionals.
The British Council will award up to nine grants of £2,500 (each) to proposals to undertake research of your chosen artistic sector & travel in the Sub-Saharan Region between April 2019 and March 2021. We will be considering a geographical spread across the continent when assessing applications.
The countries covered under the programme (in which the British Council operates) are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
scoping may take the form of
- meeting with potential artists and partners
- finding out more about your chosen art forms’ ecosystem in another country or countries
- gaining an understanding of art trends in Sub-Saharan Africa
- meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or
- curating African artists and their work in the UK.
We will award up to 9 grants of £2,500 (each) to UK-based Creative Organisations, Curators and Programmers specializing in Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film to connect with peers and potential partners in Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Successful applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be a UK based Creative/ Arts organisation, Curator or Programmer with a proven track record of working with international partners to deliver collaborative arts programmes
- have minimum 3 years professional experience in your artistic discipline and the creative sector
- have a basic knowledge of the artistic discipline in the region which is being visited (the British Council will provide support in sense-checking the travel programme and itinerary)
- demonstrate a clear rationale for the research they want to undertake
- demonstrate a commitment to our British Council values.
In Addition, Application Should
- commit to programme a UK public forum to share/disseminate the research findings, this can either be done online or in-person (see Notes on page 6 for examples)
- have a valid passport for travel
- obtain a valid visa for travel (if required)
- obtain valid travel insurance
- be available to use the grant between May 2020 and March 2021.
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