Artists' international development fund

We have developed the Artists' international development fund to help us achieve our aims within goal 1 of our 10-year framework Achieving great art for everyone: talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. We want artists to be open to international perspectives and to expand their horizons. You can find out more about this in the Arts Council Plan 2011-15.

The British Council and the Arts Council want the programme to produce:

  • a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK (and also globally) who have experienced the benefits of international working between the UK and other countries and are advocates for it among their peers
  • an increase in the amount of international collaboration among artists between the UK and other countries across the arts and creative industries
  • artistic development for artists

If you are interested in applying for the fund, visit the eligibility and how to apply pages.

The programme is open to artists of any artform:

• who have received recognition for their work in England

• who do not have extensive international experience

• whose work will benefit from launching better international networks - either artistically or in terms of developing an audience for their work

• who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner/host

Individual artists, including creative producers, curators and editors, can apply. Although the Artists' international development programme is aimed at individual artists, small groups of artists who normally collaborate in their work can also apply. This could include, for example, musicians and visual artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators. If the group does not have a shared bank account, awards to successful applicants would be made to the lead artist named on the application form, but all members of the group would be jointly responsible for the award.

Value and number of awards: Artists are able to apply for small grants (minimum of £1,000 up to £5,000). You can only apply to the Artists' international development programme once in any financial year.

There are three rounds for applications per year (May, October and February). The program runs until February 2015.