Opportunity: new Art new Audiences 2019

We’re delighted to announce the latest round of our new Art new Audiences (nAnA) programme which aims to be a catalyst for the creation of new art that reaches new audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

We are looking for ten projects between the UK and the East, West and Southern regions of Sub-Saharan Africa that will showcase new art to 18 to 35-year-olds who haven’t seen your art before, be it from the world of architecture, design, fashion, film, music, dance, theatre, literature, visual art or beyond or across any combination of art forms.

At least three different countries must be involved in the project and each project must have at least one UK partner and at least one partner from Sub-Saharan Africa from the countries specified below under 'eligible countries'.


Key information

  • Projects can bid for up to £30,000
  • As well as granting major projects at £30,000 we welcome experimental project proposals in the range of £5,000 to £10,000
  • Artists, arts organisations and/or art collectives from the specified countries (listed below) must connect to co-create, co-facilitate or co-produce new art together. Examples of ways to interpret this criterion can be found in the downloadable info document
  • nAnA 2019 is particularly interested in supporting projects by artists, arts organisations and/or art collectives that already have, and want to build upon, cross country collaborations and connections. New partnerships are also encouraged and in the FAQs, you will see how British Council are offering support to identify arts partners in the UK and the Sub-Saharan Africa region
  • There are no restrictions on art forms and there are no restrictions on themes


Eligible countries

United Kingdom: England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

East Africa: Ethiopia | Kenya | Rwanda | South Sudan | Sudan | Tanzania | Uganda

Southern Africa: Botswana | Malawi | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia | South Africa | Zambia | Zimbabwe

West Africa: Ghana | Nigeria | Senegal | Sierra Leone


How to apply

You can apply for new Arts new Audiences via this online portal.

The online application will ask five questions on your project idea; the connections and collaborations you are making to the specified countries, cities and to your collaborators; the audience reach; your timeline and communication plan; and your budget. There will also be an opportunity to link to images, videos and any other supporting content that you might wish to include.

After submitting your application you will receive an email notification confirming its receipt. You will be notified on Monday 22 July if your project has been shortlisted. Shortlisting will be undertaken by British Council arts teams in each of the countries that the nAnA grant covers.

Applications will only be accepted through the online applications portal.

Applications close on 23:59 on 1 July 2019, UTC.


Additional information

Please download the information pack available for more information, guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions.

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