British Council launches 2020 digital arts open calls for UK organisations and women-indentifying artists and curators

British Council has launched two digital arts-focused open call opportunities for 2020. Details and how to apply for them are below.


AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative is an initiative developed by the British Council in partnership with MUTEK (Canada/Argentina) and Somerset House Studios (UK). Since 2018, the programme has connected an active network in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and the UK.

AMPLIFY DAI is a platform that creates international visibility in the industry for women-identified artists and curators. The programme offers networking opportunities, showcases, exhibitions and performances, residencies, workshops, creative labs and field trips.

This opportunity is open to women identified artists (aged 18 and above) who currently live in the UK, Canada and Argentina, whether they are citizens or permanent residents.

British Council is looking for proposals that explore new aesthetic directions in digital creation which can include:

  • live presentations of experimental electronic music (DJ sets will not be accepted, only original artist productions);
  • live audiovisual presentations that include an innovative use of digital image and sound, in which the auditory and visual are a unique entity;
  • interactive and audiovisual installations;
  • virtual reality and augmented reality projects;
  • a project that defies the conventions of the digital creation sphere.

Selected artists will:

  • participate in the UK Amplify residency in London at Somerset House Studios in summer 2021;
  • receive an artist fee, travel and accommodation;
  • be available for the full duration of residencies;
  • be offered the possibility to participate in MUTEK Montreal (late summer 2020) and MUTEK.AR (Buenos Aires, early autumn 2020).

Deadline for application is 16 February 2020 (23.59 GMT)

Apply here.

For questions or concerns about this call, contact British Council by email with the subject "Call 2020-Amplify" to:


In 2020, the British Council in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, and Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, will select mid-career artists and creative practitioners to participate in Net//Work residencies.

The Net//Work residencies will offer space for reflection, research, practice, skills exchange and professional networking opportunities focused on digital artistic practices and technologies.

Each four-week residency is open to mid-career visual artists and creative practitioners based in, or from, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Syria or Uganda whose practices engage with digital technologies. The residencies will consist of site visits, independent studio time, group critique, peer-to-peer mentoring and workshops.

At the end of each residency, participating artists will be invited to submit a funding proposal for the creation and/or research and development proposal of an independent and/or collaborative digital work.

British Council is looking for a diverse range of artists and creative practitioners. Net//Work is a fully accessible programme, and British Council encourages disabled and/or D/deaf artists and creative practitioners to apply. Access provision and costs will be met in addition to fees.

The deadline for submitting applications is 24 February 2020 at 12:00 midnight (GMT) .

Further details on the Net//Work open call and how to apply can be found in the Net//Work Guidance Notes attachment.

Find the forms and portal to complete and submit your online application and required equality and diversity details here.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Artist Grant Fee: £1000

Travel, accommodation, access and subsistence costs will be covered on top of the residency dates

  • Residency One: 1 June – 26 June 2020 at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
  • Residency Two: 7 September – 2 October 2020 at Digital Arts Studios, Belfast


  • Must be a mid-career artist/creative practitioner with a proven track record of exhibitions or projects.
  • Applicants must be based in, or from, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Syria or Uganda.
  • Must submit the application in written or spoken English. Provide evidence of English language proficiency (this will be assessed if you are shortlisted, as part of the interview conversation).
  • Note: British Council welcomes and encourages applications from candidates who use access workers to support their application, such as sign language interpreters, PA support, communication support workers etc. Please submit the format of application which is most accessible to you using your support workers as necessary, to ensure we receive it in proficient written or spoken English. There is a section in the application where you have the opportunity to let British Council know about the kind of access support you may require during the residency: this could include a translator to ensure smooth communication in English with the residency host organisation. It is important that you complete this section in order to provide us with the information we need to support you with access, should this be required.

Applications will be assessed against the three essential criteria outlined above and the two questions below.

  • Submission of a critical review of your work (at any level and including any links) OR contact details of someone who will support your application (e.g. someone you have worked with, or for, professionally or a tutor, but NOT a family member or friend)
  • Why you want to participate in this residency, including why you will benefit from working alongside other artists and creative practitioners using digital technologies.

If you have any questions, please email

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