This award scheme is administered through the British Council. The British Council is an international organisation with the purpose of providing educational opportunities and securing cultural relations. new Art new Audiences makes up one of the three funding opportunities of the British Council’s East Africa Arts Programme, which is British Council’s framework for working with Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.
The intention behind this grant scheme is to build connections between modern East African and British culture in order to increase knowledge and understanding within the creative industries. It is expected that this scheme will allow artists to make new partnerships. Projects should produce new art either within or across the relevant art forms.
Artists, musicians, film makers and cultural organisations are eligible to apply. The art form in question should fall within one of the following categories: architecture, design fashion, film, music, dance and theatre, creative economy, cultural skills unit, literature and visual arts. Individuals may apply as long as they have sufficient experience of managing projects of a significant, comparable scale. They should also have a bank account.
Projects should work across two East African countries and one country in the United Kingdom and should be conceptualised, managed and administered by one East African or United Kingdom based partner. The audience and participants who will be involved within the project should be between the ages of 18 and 35. The applicant may however be of any age.
Grants worth between £2,000 and £20,000 are available. Expression of interest forms can be downloaded from the British Council website. After the deadline has passed, the judging panel will prepare a shortlist who will then be invited to submit full new Art new Audiences application forms. Partnership will need to be secured by this stage. Successful projects should run within a twelve month period between October 2016 and September 2017. Match funding may be available for some projects.
The deadline for expression of interest forms will be 31 July 2016.
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