The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK with a view to increase work from Sub-Saharan Africa being seen and experienced by UK audiences.
With this in mind we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations, curators and programmers working in Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion or 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 forms’ 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.
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.
Please download the Call for Expressions document for full details and criteria. The grant is open for applications between 10 December 2018 and 8 March 2019 with announcements made on 25 March 2019.
Last year, DJ and radio documentary-maker, Emily Dust, took up the same opportunity to travel to Ghana and Senegal. You can listen to her radio show below packed with music from her time there.
More from Sub-Saharan Africa
- Sign up for the Sub-Saharan Africa Arts Newsletter – latest news and opportunities from us and our partners
- East Africa Arts – connecting new audiences to new art across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the UK
- Connect ZA – a cultural programme developed between the UK and South Africa
- Zimbabwe: Making More Art Happen – supporting creative spaces and people to people dialogue between the UK and Zimbabwe
- Yinka Shonibare: Wind Sculpture VI – for the first major solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) in Nigeria, Wind Sculpture VI, a six metre high fibreglass sculpture, was installed in Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Lagos
- Lagos Theatre Festival – an annual festival presenting theatre in unconventional spaces