British Council is delighted to launch the International Collaboration Grants, a £3.5m programme of grants now available to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate internationally. The International Collaboration Grants support UK and international organisations to work together on digital, face-to-face, and/or hybrid artistic projects. In Taiwan, we are collaborating with the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) to develop exciting cultural collaborations between UK and Taiwan arts organisations.
The grants are designed to support artists to make and develop creative artwork with their international peers and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating. Grants of £5k to 75k are available now to UK and international organisations. Applications must demonstrate genuine international collaboration and an explicit benefit to individual artists and international partners. Projects can address any subject or theme – but in Taiwan, we particularly invite collaborations that focus on gender, race, ethnicity, disability, inclusion, ageing and other areas of diversity.
Taipei Arts Festival in Taiwan and LIFT in London, UK partner on Bat Feast Lab (working title), a two-year research and exhibition project. Inspired by the ancient Chinese ‘Imperial Manchurian Feast’ ceremony and contemporary fears around the viral controversy surrounding the bat, Bio Artist Kuang-Yi Ku and designer Robert Johnson will create work and public performance events which encourage audiences to confront issues, including racism, colonialism, nativism, environmentalism, food futures, genetic and biotechnologies, global fear, human and non-human relations. The project will culminate in a full exhibition and experience at both Taipei Arts Festival (in 2022 and 2023) and LIFT (in 2024).
Please check out the full list of International Collaboration Grant recipients here.