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OPEN CALL: Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants

  • Filmmakers at Lakaz d’art

10th December - 8th March 2018

We are aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa and to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK.

With this in mind, we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations, curators or 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 to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake their own professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field. The trips should take place between April 2019 and March 2020.

Research may take the form of meeting with potential artists and partners; finding out more about your chosen art form’s ecosystem in a 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.

Aims of the programme
This opportunity aims to:

  • facilitate the UK creative sector’s ambitions to connect with young, African creatives and art professionals who are 18 to 35-year-olds;
  • increase opportunities for UK arts organisations and individuals to visit African cities and gain further insight into the chosen local art sector;
  • encourage and support the development of networks that connect the UK and Sub-Saharan African arts sectors for the long term;
  • widen the opportunities for art professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with UK arts organisations and arts professionals.

Countries covered
The countries covered under the programme (in which the British Council operates) are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The grants
The British Council will award up to nine grants of £2,500 (each) to proposals to undertake research of your chosen artistic sector & travel in the Sub-Saharan Region between April 2019 and March 2020. We will be considering a geographical spread across the continent when assessing applications.

Previous research trips

Film Curator Tega Okiti, recipient of a grant in 2017 reported on her travels to West Africa on her blog and went on to profile Surreal16 a West African based filmmaking collective trying to forge a new identity for Nigerian cinema in Sight and Sound.

GiF travelled to Johannesberg and Maritius to research young womxn spaces, race & politics in the South African film and creative industry.

Phoenix Fry travelled to South Africa to research the independent exhibition sector.

Morgan Quaintance is about to travel to Dakar to produce a Dakar specific episode of the 'Letter From...' series, an ongoing documentary film and research initiative that focuses on covering international artistic activity from a city-specific perspective.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please download and read the full open call  here, which includes details of eligibility criteria and how to apply. The application deadline is 18:00 (GMT) on 8 March 2019.