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:

Round 31 (Visits from July to September 2019)

- Applications open: Monday 1 April 2019
- Application deadline: Sunday 5 May 2019
- Results out: Monday 3 June 2019

Round 32 (Visits from October to December 2019)

- Applications open: Monday 1 July 2019
- Application deadline: Sunday 4 August 2019
- Results out: Monday 2 September 2019

Round 33 (Visits from January to March 2020)

- Applications open: Monday 30 September 2019
- Application deadline: Sunday 3 November 2019
- Results out: Monday 2 December 2019

Round 34 (Visits from April to June 2020)

- Applications open: Monday 30 December 2019
- Application deadline: Sunday 2 February 2020
- Results out: Monday 2 March 2020


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