Call for Application: British Council Sub-Saharan Africa: Art Connects Us

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 XCHARX 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

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.
  • Unganisha 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.
  • Tamasha la Theatre la Lagos
 – An annual festival presenting theatre in unconventional spaces.


Muda:

  • The grant is open for applications between 10 December 2018 and 8 March 2019
  • Announcements 25 March 2019

Kwa Taarifa Zaidi:

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