British Council calls on Sub-Saharan African Creatives to Apply 4 the Arts Cultural Exchange Program

About the Opportunity

We have developed the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Arts Cultural Exchange Open Call to provide grants to cultural organizations, festivals, artists, and creatives between the countries of SSA* and the UK to create art, build networks, collaborate and develop markets​ and share artists’ work with audiences.

The call for applications is open to:

  • artists,

  • arts organizations,

  • festivals,

  • arts professionals

  • creative sector researchers

Working across all art forms (Architecture, Design and Fashion, Film, Literature, Music, Theatre and Dance, Visual Art).

Individuals and organizations in participating countries can apply for grants in three categories:

  • RESEARCH: Grants to undertake research between SSA and UK arts and creative sectors. Research may take the form of meeting with potential arts partners; finding out more about the arts ecosystem in a particular country; gaining an understanding of artistic trends; meeting artists and/or attending events and festivals. Applicants should share research outcomes in a public format of their choice, for example, a diary, blog, photoblog, an event, or a film. (Grants up to £5,000)

  • NEW CONNECTIONS: Grants to support new or early-stage collaborations between artists, arts professionals and partners in SSA and the UK. Projects can include research and development but must include at least one public event, online and/or in-person (in line with COVID regulations in country) . Applications from organizations or individuals who have little or no experience of working internationally and are establishing new connections are particularly welcome. (Grants between £5,000-£10,000)

  • New Art Co-Creation: Grants to support larger-scale collaborative projects by individuals or organizations in SSA and the UK. Projects should result in new art being created and shared with audiences online or face to face. Applicants should already have established working relationships with their partners and a track record of delivering collaborative projects. Projects must include public-facing activities in the eligible countries (£20,000-£30,000)

Submission Deadline

08 September


The call-out is open to artists, cultural professionals, festivals, creative sector researchers working across all artforms/disciplines working with audiences predominantly from 18-35 years.

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Contact Details:


Tel : +27 (0)11 560 9300

Dunkeld Corner

275 Jan Smuts Avenue

Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, 2196

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