Application Deadline: 25 March 2019
The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK with a view to increase work from Sub-Saharan Africa being seen and experienced by UK audiences.
With this in mind we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations / curators / programmers working in any of the following art forms – Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake their own professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field. The trips should take place between April 2019 and March 2020.
Research may take the form of meeting with potential artists and partners; finding out more about your chosen art forms’ ecosystem in a country or countries; gaining an understanding of art trends in Sub-Saharan Africa; meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or curating work in the UK.
The countries covered under the programme (in which the British Council operates) are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Primary contacts for work in the region
- West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone ) – Ojoma Ochai – [email protected]
- Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) – Rocca Gutteridge – [email protected]
- Southern Africa ( Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe ) – Levinia Jones – [email protected]
- UK – Nadine Patel – [email protected]
Highlights of our work in Sub-Saharan Africa
- East Africa Arts – Connecting new audiences to new art across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the UK.
- Connect ZA – A cultural programme developed between the UK and South Africa.
- Zimbabwe: Making More Art Happen – Supporting creative spaces and people to people dialogue between the UK and Zimbabwe.
- Yinka Shonibare: Wind Sculpture VI – For the first major solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) in Nigeria, Wind Sculpture VI, a six metre high fibreglass sculpture, was installed in Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Lagos.
- Lagos Theatre Festival – An annual festival presenting theatre in unconventional spaces.
- The grant is open for applications between 10 December 2018 and 8 March 2019
- Announcements 25 March 2019