For over 16 years, the British Council has run a well-established Connections through Culture programme, which enables collaboration between creative and cultural professionals in China and the UK. Through brokering connections and offering travel grants, CtC has enabled over 370 creative and cultural professionals to see one another's work, exchange skills and co-develop projects.

Connections through Culture is designed to be agile, responding to changing sector needs and the wider socio-economic context within the UK and China, and encouraging new collaborations on sustainability, inclusion and gender equality. 

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 CULTURE OFFER?

1.Professional Development Grants - a limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts organisations to work with their counterparts in China or the UK online, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others' work. 

2.Alumni Grants – a limited number of small grants for previous Connections through Culture alumni to access follow-up funding and continue the collaboration online. 
They are only available to alumni who received initial grants in the last 3 years, and are designed to be strategic grants to further facilitate collaboration and partnerships.

3. Digital Connections through Culture - online brokering and networking opportunity to connect artists and cultural organisations in China and the UK for future collaborations. Please note Digital Connections through Culture DOES NOT offer a grant. However, successful connections are welcomed to apply for future professional development grants/alumni grants for new collaborations.

What is the value of each grant?

£2,500

A SNAPSHOT OF OPPORTUNITIES IN 2021/2022

28 June 2021 Round 36th Grant Application Open: to support the development of UK-China online collaboration projects
November 2021 to March 2022 Digital Connections through Culture: to facilitate online networking and exchange between artists and professionals from arts and cultural organisations in China and the UK
13 December 2021 Round 37th Grant Application Open: to support the development of UK-China online collaboration projects, and visits between February and July 2022 (depending on travel restrictions)

For more information, please contact: arts@britishcouncil.org.cn 

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