Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.

The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.

China and the UK both have a rich cultural heritage. Artists and arts organisations in both countries can benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

Although the grants are available to all UK artists, Connections through Culture receives additional specific support from the Scottish government for projects with a Scottish connection.

What does Connections through Cultures offer? 

Professional Development Grants (£2,500)

 A limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts organisations to visit their counterparts in China or the UK for up to ten days, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others' work. Grants are offered four times each year.


Alumni Grants (£2,500)

A limited number of small grants for previous Connections through Culture alumni to access follow-up funding to initial visits - starting in April 2017. These grants are only available to alumni who received initial grants in the last 2 years, and are designed to be strategic grants to further facilitate collaboration and partnerships. Grants are offered four times each year, in line with the Professional Development Grant rounds. 

2020-2021 Connections through Culture updates

In light of Covid-19 pandemic, the British Council is constantly monitoring and assessing our operations. Currently we decide to withhold our programming for Connections through Culture 2020-2021 following guidance from both Chinese and UK government to avoid non-essential travel.   

We will make further announcement when situation changes. In the meantime, if you have a particular project that would like to further consult with us, please send your request to We will try our best to respond. 

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please take care.  

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