UK arts councils combine for international fund

The four nations’ arts councils have collaborated on a new fund to encourage international partnerships on arts projects.

Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International have combined to launch a £100,000 pilot fund, the Four Nations International Fund, offering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

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Applications are being sought by the four organisations for digital, co-creation and networking projects involving partners from at least two of the home nations and at least one international partner. Priority will be given to priority given to projects that experiment with innovative models of international collaboration. 

“The development of art and culture thrives on international collaboration and exchange. Artists and creative practitioners derive inspiration, opportunities to grow and develop practice through the sharing of ideas and explore new ways of working, as well as reaching new audiences” said Joan Parr of Creative Scotland. “In the wake of the impacts of Covid-19, the UK’s departure from the European Union and the ever-growing climate emergency, working together with our fellow arts councils and agencies we can more effectively help address challenges for those based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales wishing to connect with their international counterparts.”

The fund opens on October 21 with a deadline of November 11, decisions made on December 13, announcements made in January and projects to be completed by March 31.

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