The British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion team is awarding grants of between £3000 and £5000 to support biennales and festivals in the UK to present work by international designers, and biennales and festivals outside the UK to present work by UK designers.
Biennales and festivals outside the UK wishing to showcase work by UK-based designers, or UK biennales and festivals wishing to showcase work by international designers are eligible to apply.
Grants are not designed for research and development, but to facilitate implementation of activities, such as collaborations and exchanges, or exhibitions and installations.
Priority will be given to:
- Activities involving designers in early stages of their career, i.e. within 10 years of practice.
- Projects that foster collaboration between UK-based and international designers.
- Due to the nature of the funding the majority of the grants offered will be for activities either taking place in Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries (for biennales and festivals outside the UK) or with designers from those countries (for UK biennales and festivals).
Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, proposals that include digital showcasing or exchanges are welcome. Activities must take place between August 2021 and September 2022.