Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people. In 2019, British Council launched Crafting Futures in China, aiming to foster international opportunities for UK and Chinese women artisans, explore sustainability and innovation across the craft sector and drive change among younger generations.
Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.
The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.
British Council has partnered with PRS Foundation again to bring emerging UK musical talent to Brazil for three musical residencies.
Musicians in Residence is a regular programme that sees three musicians make their temporary home in three different cities. In 2019 Belfast-based musician and producer Chris Ryan is going to São Paulo; singer and musician Anaïs is going to Salvador; and violinist, writer and composer Midori Komachi is going to Diamantina.
British Council is now inviting applications from UK organisations with which to partner, design and deliver four residency programmes under a new programme called Net//Work.
Each residency will run for four weeks, host a total of 16 artists and will be open to UK-based and international mid-career visual artists whose practices engage with digital technologies.
The latest round of Connections Through Culture, a mobility grants programme suporting artists and arts professionals in East Asia and the UK, is open for applications until 4 November.
The programme aims to develop cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists and art professionals from each region and support relationships between them.
Download the application notes below and apply here.
The Culture Diary spent a few days in Edinburgh for the opening of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
Taking place 19-24 August, we had a presence at the trade fair on Wednesday 21 August, promoting the use of the Culture Diary to a large amount of UK culture organisations also presenting, as well as international programmers invited by the British Council to attend.
Design is a major creative focus for the UK, as proven by its designation as the official partner for Hong Kong's Business of Design Week (BODW) 2019 taking place 2-7 December.
Working with cultural partners, GREAT Britain Campaign and Arts Council England, the Culture Diary has organised a set of missions for arts and culture delegates from various creative disciplines to capitalise on the build-up to and launch of BODW 2019. More on these soon.