About the Programme

British Council in Taiwan launches the "Connections through Culture" Grants in 2019. This programme aims to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, also to support long-lasting relationships between Taiwan and the UK. Celebrating the diverse cultural scenes in Taiwan and the UK, the programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations. Artists and arts organisations can both benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history. The "Connections through Culture" Grants is organised by British Council in Taiwan with supports from the National Culture and Arts Foundation

Prior to Covid-19, funding was provided for international travel to further face-to-face discussions needed to develop projects beyond initial expressions of interest between two partners. However, with current travel restrictions and continued uncertainty, the 2020-2021 grants are now used to support online collaboration projects between Taiwan and the UK.  

 

Programme Details

  • Collaboration Grants are offered to support online projects between Taiwan and the UK. To encourage more innovative and creative collaborations and works during these challenging times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the value of each grant for the Round 5 has been increased to £3,200 (or equivalent monetary value in Taiwan Dollars) per project. 
  • The grant should be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Taiwan for new digital/online networking and art and cultural projects through various conversation or different platforms.
  • Grants are offered to artists / organisations working in the following areas including drama, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion.

 

For more information, please download the "notes for applicants " document at our "Download" section.

Please complete the online application form here according to the "open for application" date and upload your CV and a letter of support from a confirmed host arts organisation or artist.

Please contact us via email if you have any questions.

British Council reserves right to further changes.

Round 1: "Connections through Culture" Grants (Submission for Round 1 grant is closed)

  • Open for Application: 1 July, 2019
  • Application Closing Date: 2 August, 2019
  • Results out: 2 September, 2019

The grant will be used to support the exchange between October to December 2019. Each applicant (organisation) will be required to share feedback on their visit.

Round 1: "Connections through Culture" Grantees: 

  Genre Project
1 Film and Media Arts Taiwanese sound and multimedia artists’ exchange with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in the UK
2 Theatre UK producer and artist to visit Taiwan to explore and learn more about traditional Taiwanese theatre making

Round 2: "Connections through Culture" Grants (Submission for Round 2 grant is closed)

  • Open for Application: 30 September, 2019
  • Application Closing Date:1 November, 2019
  • Results out: 2 December, 2019

The grant will be used to support the exchange between January to March 2020. Each applicant (organisation) will be required to share feedback on their visit.

Round 2: "Connections through Culture" Grantees: 

  Genre Project
1 Architecture London Festival of Architecture to work with arts centres and organisations in Taiwan to build international networks and facilitate exchanges.

To read about LFA Programme Manager Andre Holmqvist’s February visit to Taiwan head to our views page here.

2 Performing Arts Taiwan independent producer to visit the UK, aiming to establish Outdoor Arts Network Asia between Taiwan and the UK
3 Arts and Cultural Exchange Programme UK creative director to visit Taiwan to undertake a combined residency, exhibition and project develop initiative with and facilitated through a Cultural Park in Taiwan

Round 3: "Connections through Culture" Grants (Submission for Round 3 grant is closed)

  • Open for Application: 30 December, 2019
  • Application Closing Date: 2 February, 2020
  • Results out: 2 March, 2020

The grant will be used to support the exchange between April to June 2020. Each applicant (organisation) will be required to share feedback on their visit.

Round 3: "Connections through Culture" Grantees: 

  Genre Project
1 Theatre A theatre director from Taiwan to conduct a field research in the UK on British Queer Culture of the 80's in preparation of next theatre production
2 Festivals A UK artistic director's research visit to meet and see the work of Indigenous Taiwanese artists and arts organisations with a view to programming the next festival in London. 
Due to international travel restrictions caused by Covid-19 pandemic, this UK-TW collaboration has now turned into an online exhibition to showcase Resurgence and Solidarity: Indigenous Taiwanese Women’s Art to the UK audience.

Round 4: "Connections through Culture" grant (Submission for Round 4 grant is closed)

  • Open for Application: 10 November 2020
  • Application Closing Date: 1 December 2020 (23:59 UK time)
  • Results out: by end of December 2020

The online collaborations/projects will need to be completed between January to July 2021. Each applicant (organisation) will be required to share feedback on their online collaborations/projects afterwards.

  Applicants Genre Project
1 Manchester Camerata Music Music in Mind Remote: an online training programme to help train people to care for people with dementia through music.
Manchester Camerata’s first-ever international online Music in Mind training course with National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. See blog and videos here
2 Tzu-Huan Lin Video Online residency – Into the Blue: Point Nemo
This residency has an online studio accessible to the public. This includes Lin’s previous projects, work in progress and research materials. Lin also publishes the development process, which consists of documentation (images, audio and video clips), video footage, and sketches. Please click here for more information: 
3 Resident Island Dance Theatre Dance <Ice Age> work in progress – Online collaboration residency
4 Mark Nixon, Viliina Koivisto Arts installations The Living Lantern

Round 5: "Connections through Culture" grant (Submission for Round 5 grant is closed)

  • Open for Application: 5 January 2021
  • Application Closing Date: 26 January 2021 (23:59 UK time)
  • Results out: by end of February 2021
  • Grant value: £3,200 (or equivalent monetary value in Taiwan Dollars)

The online collaborations/projects will need to be completed between March to September 2021. Each applicant (organisation) will be required to share feedback on their online collaborations/projects afterwards.

  Applicants Genre Project
1 Cove Park Residency Programme Supporting Creative Ageing Through Residencies
2 Yao-wen Hsu Film UK-Taiwan Slow Films Programme "What time is it there?"
3 Belfast Photo Festival Visual Arts Digital Future(s) – Shaping the future by capturing the present
4 Ting Shuo Hear Say Sound Arts Listening To Find A Way Forward - Taiwan/UK Female Sound Meetings
Please click here for more information.

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