British Council Urban Futures Programme
British Council has launched the arts programme “Urban Futures” since early 2018 across North-East Asia, including Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. “Urban Futures” program aims to foster greater inclusion and innovation in cities through the arts. In Taiwan, we support cross-art institutions and practitioners to explore how art can make our cities more open, dynamic, inclusive and fit for the future. Our programme themes focus on the following topics:
- Art & Social Activism
- Art, Science & Digital Innovation
- Art & Disability
- Art & Ageing
This year, as part of the "Art & Inclusion" initiative, British Council in Taiwan and the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) launch the Inclusive Arts Project: “International Project—Taiwan-UK Collaboration” programme in September. Resulting from an MOU signed between both organisations in 2017, this programme aims to collaborate in developing inclusive arts-related projects. The first project that the NCAF has organised is the “Inclusive Arts Project” launched in 2018, which encourages art groups and artists to develop inclusive arts and explore issues related to senior citizens while supporting professional arts and cultural programs and service projects engaging the senior community. In 2019, the NCAF collaborates with the British Council in Taiwan to expand the project’s breadth, with an emphasis on sharing the experience, increasing exchange and production of international inclusive arts, by adding the category of “International Project—Taiwan-UK Collaboration”. This specific project will be supported by the British Council in Taiwan and the NCAF for the purpose of expanding the benefits of developing inclusive arts through experience sharing and global connection.
How to Apply
Application dates and deadlines: 1 September - 15 September, 2019
Please submit your application via the NCAF platform, The system is only available in Chinese. “International Project—Taiwan-UK Collaboration” only accepts submissions from Taiwanese artists and art groups (please see submission guidelines for eligibility). UK artists, art groups or organisations in collaboration with their Taiwanese partners in are required to provide a brief introduction and a letter of intent.
NCAF announced 6 grantees on 3 December, 2019. Godot Theatre Company received the “International Project—Taiwan-UK Collaboration” grant with its "Curious Shoes bespoke performance: training workshops and field research in Taiwan" project. Other 5 grantees will be focusing on local projects in Taiwan.