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Artist Grants now open for applications!

British Council’s 2021 Connections through Culture artist grants now open for applications!

About photo: Artwork by Joan Monis Pabona, ‘Ayuda Ko, Ayuda Nila’, 2021

Applications for the latest round of the British Council’s Connections Through Culture (CTC) grants in Southeast Asia (SEA) are now open until 05 September 2021.

Initiated in 2019, CTC grants promote arts and cultural exchange between the UK and Southeast Asia to spark innovative ways for participants to collaborate through the arts.

The bilateral grants programme supports cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists and arts organisations to nurture cooperation and long-lasting relationships between the UK and for 2021, six SEA countries: Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Prior to Covid-19, this would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain, the CTC grants will be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships and provide funding to promote dialogue and explore the possibilities of online collaboration.

Last year, the grant allowed artist-educator Nathalie Dagmang and Keel University cultural geographer and educator Deirdre McKay to bring Filipino labour migrants into conversation with artists, family members and policy makers across the diaspora through an online space called ‘Kamustahan Art Projects’. Participants presented their artwork through a virtual exhibition to honour the contributions of Filipino migrant workers in the time of Covid.

Photo by Neil Gabriel Nanta

Artists, arts professionals and art group/collective representatives from the six SEA countries and the UK are eligible to apply for the online grants valued up to 8,000 GBP. A new alumni scheme is also open for previous CTC UK-SEA grantees, with value up to 2,000 GBP.

Grantees may use the fund for projects, platforms and conversations between October 2021 to February 2022. Successful applicants will be announced end of September 2021.

Applicants can find full information of the CTC grant here.

To apply and for general enquiries, please email

Connections Through Culture news, application calls and results will regularly be posted on British Council channels in Southeast Asia.

About the British Council:
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Neil Gabriel Nanta
is Paddington incarnate. He likes making mixtapes and watching weird YouTube videos at 3am. He is also the co-host of the Sugarhouse Podcast along with his housemate (and BFF), Rio. Follow him on IG @neilnanta.

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