Last Chance to Apply for Arts Exchange Programme Between the UK and Southern Africa

Calling on creative hubs across the United Kingdom that support diverse communities of artists, entrepreneurs, activists and culture producers in physical or virtual spaces.

British Council Southern Africa Arts is inviting Creative Hub Managers to be part of Hubs as Hosts.

The deadline for applications is coming up on September 29th, 2019.

Hubs as Hosts is inviting proposals from creative hubs from the UK to take part in an exchange programme between Southern Africa and the UK to come to inspire, connect and generate new ideas.

The 8 selected hub managers from Southern Africa will travel to the UK for a week-long curated trip with the aim of encouraging mutual sharing of knowledge, skills, best practice models, community building, collaboration and partnership.  This, with a specific focus on connecting with, creating and building partnerships with eight UK hubs, towards a partnership grant, for which they will submit proposals.

Hub Managers from both the UK and Southern Africa will travel to Zimbabwe in March 2020 for the British Council’s SOCreative Hub Forum/Junxtion. The forum brings together hub managers, hub users and key stakeholders in Sub Southern Africa and the UK, to connect, share and network towards building a stronger creative economy eco-systems.

Successful applicants will have the following opportunities: 

  • Engage with local hubs through participating in the hubs tour in the UK with the selected Southern African hubs
  • Partnership grant with Southern African hub
  • New programming opportunities and resource for their network
  • Professional development opportunities for themselves and their members
  • Gain international and regional exchange/connections
  • Building their business model
  • Participation at the SOCreative Hub Forum in Harare, Zimbabwe, in March 2020

Application requirements: 

  • The creative hubs must cater to creatives aged 18 – 35 years
  • Hubs need to have been in existence for at least five years, OR have a strong and demonstratable creative business model
  • Creative hub must have a desire to expand their networks and develop partnership with a Southern African hub
  • Creative hub must be looking for new ideas to include in their programme and/or reshaping their current models
  • Must be available to take a week off in November to be part of the hubs tour
  • Hub manager must live in and have a valid passport (minimum of six months) from one of the eligible countries*
  • Hub manager must be available to travel to Zimbabwe in March 2020
  • Hubs that have received grants from British Council in the last two years are not eligible to apply.


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