Sub-Saharan Africa: Research Opportunity

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.


Emily Dust

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.


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