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Artists' International Development Fund

Artists' International Development Fund

The Artists' International Development Fund is jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England. Primarily designed to assist young artists and designers in developing their international careers, the programme supports individuals based in England to travel, explore and collaborate internationally, and to develop markets and audiences overseas for their work; acting as a springboard for artists across all disciplines to promote themselves on the international scene.

The fund is open to creative producers, curators, editors and artists, as well as architects, fashion designers and designers. Although the programme is aimed at individual artists, small groups of artists who normally collaborate in their work can also apply; including musicians and visual artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators.

Artists are able to apply for grants between £1,000 to £5,000 to travel, explore and collaborate internationally while carrying out professional projects. There are several rounds of funding to apply for each year.

The aim is to produce a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK and around the world who have experienced the benefits of international working between the UK and other countries and are advocates for it. The fund is not just a way to broaden the horizons of artists; it is also about giving audiences the chance to experience the best art from around the world.

Follow our blog and Twitter for annoucements of future funding rounds and awards.

For full details of the fund including upcoming deadlines and details of how to apply, please visit the Arts Council website.

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 15 now open

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 15 now open Kampala Arts Centre / © Periscope

Kampala Arts Centre / © Periscope

15 February 2017

Round 15 of the Artists' International Development Fund (AIDF) is now open for applications

AIDF exists to facilitate international collaboration among artists and creative practitioners between the UK and other countries and is funded jointly by Arts Council England and the British Council.

Intended as a launchpad for the development of markets and audiences overseas, the fund advocates freelance and self-employed artists to broaden their horizons through work, travel and exploration by collaborating on a professional project, while also giving audiences the chance to enjoy talent from around the world.

Applicants should be based in England, in the early stages of career development and able to demonstrate interest generated within a host country (see guidelines). Creatives across all disciplines are encouraged to apply: creative producers, curators, editors and artists, as well as architects, fashion designers and designers.

How to apply

New applicant profiles must be submitted for validation on ACE's online application system by 5pm on Wednesday 8 March, and the deadline for applications for this round is 5pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

Outcomes for this current round will be announced by Wednesday 10 May 2017 (project activity cannot commence prior to this date).

Those who previously applied to Rounds 12, 13 & 14 cannot apply.

The Artists' International Development Fund has three rounds of funding each year. For annoucements of future funding rounds, follow our blog and Twitter.

Please visit the Arts Council website for further information and to apply here.

24 August 2016

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 14 now open

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 14 now open KOTARO TANAKA SUDARE ATELIER, TAITO-KU, JAPAN | PHOTO: BAHBAK HASHEMI-NEZHAD

KOTARO TANAKA SUDARE ATELIER, TAITO-KU, JAPAN | PHOTO: BAHBAK HASHEMI-NEZHAD

11 May 2016

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 13 now open

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 13 now open Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Assemble

Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Assemble

27 February 2016

Artists' International Development Fund: Apply

Artists' International Development Fund: Apply Tunis Medina Plan © Benjamin Perrot

Tunis Medina Plan © Benjamin Perrot

26 June 2015

Artists' International Development Fund: new application round now open

Artists' International Development Fund: new application round now open Kotaro Tanaka Sudare Atelier, Taito-ku, Japan | Photo: Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad

Kotaro Tanaka Sudare Atelier, Taito-ku, Japan | Photo: Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad

24 March 2015

Artists' International Development Fund: applications now open

Artists' International Development Fund: applications now open Studio X, Rio de Janeiro

Studio X, Rio de Janeiro

8 January 2015

Artists' International Development Fund - deadline 16/01/2015

Artists' International Development Fund - deadline 16/01/2015 © Aisling O'Beirn

© Aisling O'Beirn

27 February 2014

AIDF: New International Funding Opportunity!

AIDF: New International Funding Opportunity! © ROB DRUMMER

© ROB DRUMMER