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Opportunity: Biennales and Festivals 2021

Opportunity: Biennales and Festivals 2021 Desiccate with Care by public works with Freddie Wiltshire and Billy Adams 5th Istanbul Design Biennial Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Desiccate with Care by public works with Freddie Wiltshire and Billy Adams 5th Istanbul Design Biennial Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR UK AND INTERNATIONAL BIENNALES AND FESTIVALS. Deadline to apply 18:00 BST, 18 August 2021 

The British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion team has supported presentations by UK architects and designers across ten international platforms since 2016 through our biennales and festivals grants

We’re awarding grants of between £3,000 and £5,000 to support biennales and festivals in the UK to present work by international designers, and biennales and festivals outside the UK to present work by UK designers. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

Biennales and festivals outside the UK wishing to showcase work by UK-based designers, or UK biennales and festivals wishing to showcase work by international designers are eligible to apply.

Grants are not designed for research and development, but to facilitate implementation of activities, such as collaborations and exchanges, or exhibitions and installations.

Priority will be given to:

  • activities involving designers in early stages of their career, i.e. within 10 years of practice;
  • and projects that foster collaboration between UK-based and international designers;
  • Due to the nature of the funding majority of the grants offered will be for activities either taking place in Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries (for biennales and festivals outside the UK) or with designers from those countries (for UK biennales and festivals). 

TERMS OF THE GRANT

Grants will be offered by the British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion team to the biennale/festival organiser to cover costs in relation to the participation of architects or designers. The value of each grant should be between £3,000 and £5,000. An estimated total of 8 grants will be offered in Financial Year 2021-22.

The British Council’s support must be acknowledged alongside the UK presentation and on all promotional materials, including social media. Upon completion of the activity, applicants will be required to supply attendance figures and a project report. A grant agreement will be issued with detailed terms and conditions.

COVID-19

Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, proposals that include digital showcasing or exchanges are welcome. Applicants should specify in the project description how digital elements of the activity will be delivered, ensuring that the value of showcase or exchange is still embedded in the project.

If face-to-face activity is planned, applicants must follow latest guidance provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for the relevant country/countries: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

APPLICATION PROCESS

Biennale or festival organisers to supply information on designers selected to present work, funding expenditure and plans for audience engagement. Activity must take place between August 2021 and September 2022.

Online application form must be completed by 18:00 BST, 18 August 2021 and should include:

  • supporting documentation on the activity and biennale/festival, e.g. reports or presentations about the biennale/festival;
  • examples of designer’s work;
  • letter of support by participating designer;
  • completed diversity monitoring form (for UK applicants only).

Selection will be led by the British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion team in consultation with British Council offices. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 27 August 2021.