British Council launches artist grants

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The first round of the British Council’s Connections Through Culture mobility grant to promote arts and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom (UK) and Southeast Asia is now accepting applications.

The call for application was launched on August 26 and is open until September 26, 2019.

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 program 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, art professionals, and art group representatives from the six Southeast Asia countries and the UK are eligible to apply for the mobility grant valued from £2,500 to £5,000 British pounds.

Artists from 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.

Successful grantees will be announced on October 28, 2019.

To apply for the grants and general enquiries, please email

Connections Through Culture news, application calls and results will regularly be posted on British Council social media channels in Southeast Asia. Please check:

Facebook: British Council Philippines

Twitter: @britishph

Instagram: @britishph


Hashtag: #BritishCouncilCTC, #Artsmobility

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, working with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education, and civil society.

This past year, the British Council has reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including through broadcasts, publications, and online.

The organisation makes a positive contribution to the countries it works with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934, the British Council is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. (PR)


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