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Art Connects Us research grants: open call 2018

Previous recipient Tega Okiti with participants of her Curate for Success workshop in Nairobi

24th April 2018

The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK cultural sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportuntity for individuals and organisations who wish to expand their knowledge of the film landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa.

British Council will award up to 12 research grants of £2,500 (each) to proposals to undertake research in the Sub-Saharan Region between June and Dec 2018.

As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African filmmaking in the UK with a view to more work from Sub-Saharan Africa being seen and experienced by UK audiences.

We are seeking expressions of interest from UK-based arts organisations/curators/programmers working in any of the following art forms: Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa and conduct research through the Art Connects Us grants.

Research may take the form of:

  • Meeting with potential artists and partners
  • Finding out more about your chosen art forms’ ecosystem in a particular country or countries
  • Gaining an understanding of art trends in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or curating work in the UK

The countries covered under the programme are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The selected applicants will be expected to:

  • Commit time before the visit for preparation and research, including a briefing session in advance (either in person or via video conference)
  • Provide a plan of travel and study before departure for the research visit in the region
  • Document observations and keep a travelogue which could be published via the British Council
  • Provide a final report outlining main research finding and potential suggestions for future programmes.The report could take different formats (eg written, digital, film, photo-essay, interviews, podcast)
  • Organise, in consultation with the British Council, a public forum in the UK to share the research findings with the creative community
  • Be UK based

Full details on the fund and how to apply can be found in the How to Apply document on the right.

If you have a film research topic you'd like to discuss before applying contact

Tega Okiti, one of last year's recipients, has written about her experiences. Well worth a read for prospective applicants.