Apply to British Council’s 2021 Connections through Culture Artist Grants

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The newest round of British Council Connections Through Culture (CTC) awards connections through culture artist grants in Southeast Asia (SEA) is now accepting applications until September 5, 2021.

The connections through culture artist grants were established in 2019 to encourage arts and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia, with the goal of sparking new methods for participants to interact through the arts.

The connections through culture artist grants program also encourage cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists and arts organizations in order to foster cooperation and long-term relationships between the United Kingdom and six Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, which will be supported through 2021.

British Council’s 2021 Connections through Culture Artist Grants
Irine (in photo) is a Filipino migrant worker based in Taiwan. She created flowers from recyclable materials as part of the Mayflowers project under the Kamustahan Art Projects led by Dagmang and McKay in May 2021.

This would have most certainly required international travel prior to Covid-19. Due to the limited and uncertain nature of travel, the CTC awards will be used to create and enhance new and existing partnerships, as well as providing funding to stimulate discourse and investigate the possibilities of online collaboration.

Last year, through an online platform called ‘Kamustahan Art Projects,’ artist-educator Nathalie Dagmang and Keel University cultural geographer and educator Deirdre McKay were able to bring Filipino labor migrants into conversation with artists, family members, and policymakers across the diaspora. To honor the efforts of Filipino migrant workers during the time of Covid, participants of connections through culture artist grants displayed their artwork in a virtual exhibition.

Artists, arts professionals, and representatives of art groups and collectives from the six Southeast Asian nations and the United Kingdom are eligible to apply for online grants of up to 8,000 GBP. Previous CTC UK-SEA grantees can also apply for a new alumni scheme of up to 2,000 GBP.

British Council’s 2021 Connections through Culture Artist Grants
Artwork by Joan Monis Pabona, ‘Ayuda Ko, Ayuda Nila’, 2021; An art piece from the Kamustahan Art Projects led by 2020-21 CTC grantees Nathalie Dagmang and Deirdre McKay

Between October 2021 and February 2022, grantees can use the money for projects, platforms, and dialogues.
The names of the successful applicants of connections through culture artist grants will be revealed at the end of September 2021.

On the Southeast Asia pages of the CTC grant, applicants will find detailed information:

British Council Indonesia | British Council Myanmar | British Council Malaysia

British Council Thailand | British Council Philippines | British Council Vietnam

To apply and for general inquiries, please email ctc@britishcouncil.org

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

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