THEATRUM MUNDI: URBAN BACKSTAGES, XVII BIENAL INTERNACIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA DE BUENOS AIRES
5 July 2022
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR UK AND INTERNATIONAL BIENNALES AND FESTIVALS. Deadline to apply 18:00 BST, 15 September 2022
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 £2,000 and £4,000 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.
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 either taking place in Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries (for biennales and festivals outside the UK) or with designers based in those countries (for UK biennales and festivals). A limited number of grants will be available to support collaboration outside this group of countries;
- projects involving designers in early stages of their career, i.e. within 10 years of practice;
- projects that foster collaboration between UK-based and international designers.
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 £2,000 and £4,000. An estimated total of 10 grants will be offered in Financial Year 2022-23.
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.
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
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 September 2022 and October 2023.
Online application form must be completed by 18:00 BST, 15 September 2022 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 30 September 2022.