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Opportunity: Future by Design

Opportunity: Future by Design  © British Council, Studio Adapt, still from 10X10 2019  Film, by Joseph Delaney

© British Council, Studio Adapt, still from 10X10 2019 Film, by Joseph Delaney

14 December 2020

The British Council's Architecture Design Fashion team invites proposals from UK-based organisations, collectives and creative practitioners to inspire and promote a global dialogue around climate change, with a specific focus on engaging young people (18-29). 

We invite proposals that showcase radical thinking about the role of design in shaping our future and responding to urgent environmental issues. Proposals should amplify the voices of young people and/or reach youth audiences, stimulating healthy debate and positive action through design.  

The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021. 

The maximum funding available for this work is £25,000 (inclusive of VAT) and applicants must submit a budget breakdown as part of the application.


Applicants should submit full application by 18:00 (GMT) on Sunday, 31 January 2021.

Full criteria and the application form can be downloaded here.


  • Anupama Kundoo, award-winning Indian architect, based between Auroville and Berlin 
  • Parvinder Marwaha, Design Programme Manager, British Council 
  • Samihah Mudabbir, member of British Council’s Our Shared Cultural Heritage young people collective and storytelling and community producer intern at Manchester Museum
  • Sevra Davis, Director of Architecture Design Fashion, British Council
  • Wilson Oryema, Artist, writer, and entrepreneur, co-founder of the social change initiative, Regenerative Futures 


Following our live Q&A we have put together an FAQ document that references common questions to help you address any uncertainties you may have about the open call.