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. 

Details of the next 4 rounds:

23rd Round (Visits from July 2017 to September 2017)

- Applications open: Monday 3 April 2017
- Application deadline: Friday 5 May 2017
- Results out: Monday 5 June 2017

24th Round (Visits from October 2017 to December 2017)

- Applications open: Monday 3 July 2017
- Application deadline: Friday 4 August 2017
- Results out: Monday 4 September 2017

25th Round (Visits from January 2018 to March 2018)

- Applications open: Monday 2 October 2017
- Application deadline: Friday 3 November 2017
- Results out: Monday 4 December 2017

26th Round (Visits from April 2018 to June 2018)

- Applications open: Monday 1 January 2018
- Application deadline: Friday 2 February 2018
- Results out: Monday 5 March 2018

 Other Activities

  • Research and Publications

The programme will coordinate a series of freely available arts guides and specific sector briefs in China. These guides will be freely available from 2016.

  • Training and Capacity Building

A programme of training and capacity programmes developed and delivered through sector partnerships. This programme varies from year to year, based on the sectoral need.

  • Study Tours and Networking Events

The programme coordinates regular visits and meetings in both countries, bringing together groups of practitioners and policy makers to discuss topics of common interest, share knowledge and experience, and identify potential partners.

This programme varies from year to year, based on the sectoral need.

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