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