Join the UK-Australia Season 2021-22 exploring our shared history and culture

British Council is inviting arts organisations and individuals based in the UK to submit project proposals for inclusion in the UK/Australia Season.

The UK/Australia Season will explore and celebrate the relationship between Australia and the UK across the arts, creative industries, and higher education. It will take place August to November 2021 in the UK and September 2021 to March 2022 in Australia.

The Season will reflect on both nations' shared history and culture, explore our current relationship and imagine our future by bringing together artists, universities, and civil society leaders from both countries to consider the question: “Who are we now?”

The theme, ‘Who are we now?’, will celebrate the best of our arts and cultural life, with points of connection and collaboration around our shared successes. It is an opportunity to look at who we might be in the future in the face of global challenges.

The Season will be a celebration of the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of Australia and the nations of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, as well as the rich societies that have emerged in both the UK and Australia through migration.

UK-based applications can apply from 7 July to be part of the Season. Apply here. Criteria is below.

Applications close 17 August 2020

Proposals should clearly align with the Season theme, the Season dates and locations. Projects should also have established partners and resource in place. Organisations applying for inclusion in the Season will have the opportunity to also apply for small grant support called the ‘UK/Australia Season Grant’.

Criteria for applying

  • Projects must align to the theme ‘Who are we now?’
  • All or part of the project must be presented in Australia between 1 September 2021 to 13 March 2022.
  • Projects must demonstrate excellence and innovation in the UK cultural sector.
  • Projects across all art forms are welcome to apply.
  • Projects are not limited to touring works, they can include: residencies, a festival focus, symposia, workshops, site-specific work, digital work, exhibitions, and broadcast.
  • Projects must be financially viable with sufficient resources in place.
  • Applicants may submit multiple proposals, but can only apply for small grant support towards one project.
  • Only organisations may apply for small grant support.
  • Applicants do not need to apply for a grant in order to participate in the Season.

UK projects to be presented in Australia can bid for up to £25,000. Grant recipients will be selected by the British Council with a panel of UK sector arts advisors. We intend to support up to 10 projects with small grants. Please note this funding round is not open to individual artists.

UK-based applications to participate in the Season, and applications for the UK/Australia Season Grants should be made through the British Council system. Please read the terms and conditions, frequently asked questions and application questions before starting the application.

Apply here

The Season affords a valuable point for the people of our nations to connect, build on our strong relationship, and to exchange cultural experiences.

  • Participating provides an opportunity for cultural organisations to be a part of a high-profile, bilateral conversation.
  • The Season will be well supported by an active marketing and communications campaign in both countries.
  • Support will be provided to build public engagement events in both countries.
  • Australia is the third-largest market for UK arts and culture after the USA and Europe, making it the perfect first step on the international circuit.
  • The UK is a global centre for world-class arts and culture, making it a key international gateway for Australian artists and companies to be presented to British audiences and the rest of the world.

Tate Modern / Image: British Council

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