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UK Arts Councils & Agencies to pilot new fund for international collaboration

Thursday 30th September 2021 at 10am 0 Comments

New funding to support individuals and organisations towards international partnership development and co-creation projects, will open for applications on Thursday 21 October 2021.

With co-investment from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, the small pilot Four Nations International Fund is being designed to support those working in the arts and creative industries in the four nations across the UK and together with counterparts in Europe and beyond. Applications will require partners in least two of the 4 UK nations and at least one international partner.

During this pilot phase, grants of between £1,000 - £5,000 will be available from a total budget of £100,000 for in-person, digital or hybrid activity including exchanges, residencies, partnership development, co-creation and networking, with priority given to applications experimenting with innovative models of international collaboration.

Creative Scotland is managing the fund’s application process for the 4 nations’ arts councils. On the partnership’s behalf, Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland said:

“The development of art and culture thrives on international collaboration and exchange. Artists and creative practitioners derive inspiration, opportunities to grow and develop practice through the sharing of ideas and explore new ways of working, as well as reaching new audiences.

“In the wake of the impacts of COVID-19, the UK’s departure from the European Union and the ever-growing climate emergency, working together with our fellow arts councils and agencies, we can more effectively help address challenges for those based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales wishing to connect with their international counterparts.”

Roisín Mc Donough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to partner with arts funding colleagues across these islands, all of us aiming to find solutions to the current challenges of international touring. The Four Nations International Fund is a lifeline and offers a platform for our artists to engage with their counterparts in the UK and Europe, and in particular for artists based in NI, touring within the Republic of Ireland.”

Today’s announcement represents one of a series of collaborations between the 4 UK nations’ arts councils and agencies including the pilot, Arts Infopoint UK initiative offering advice on practical issues relating to artist mobility led by Wales Arts International, as well as an exploration of mutual and more sustainable approaches to bilateral initiatives with several European countries, such as the German Fonds SozioKultur.

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