International fund awards £2.9 million

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Arts Council England is awarding £2.9 million to artists and organisations in the latest round of its international funding for artists.  


The lion’s share of the cash will go to 17 artists and organisations through the Reimagine India scheme, which helps English artists and organisations work with their counterparts in India to exchange ideas and develop partnerships abroad. Recipients include the AV Festival and the Clay Foundation.

Over £1.56 million will be awarded to nine organisations, through the International Showcasing programme. This helps artists and organisations export their work, increasing international markets and audiences for English art and culture overseas. Successful projects include:

The International Curators Forum, in partnership with University of the Arts London,  has been awarded £300,000 for a Black British Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017.

NoFit State and Crying Out Loud, which receives ? to create an international showcase for up to 10 of England’s best touring contemporary circus companies.

Speaking about the latest awards, Simon Mellor, ACE’s executive director, arts and culture, said: “The awards we are announcing today will enable even more artists and organisations to grow overseas markets for their work as well as developing new collaborations with international artists and producers.”

ACE has also published an evaluation of the Artists’ International Development Fund, a joint initiative from the Arts Council and British Council to support artists in developing their skills and expanding their overseas networks. Findings show that three quarters of participants received bookings or invitations to make work as a result of receiving funding, and 98% agreed that it supported their artistic development. To date, the fund has supported English artists to work in America, Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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