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Biennales and Festivals Central Exhibition, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 © Forensic Architecture

Central Exhibition, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 © Forensic Architecture

The British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion department has set up a grant scheme for international biennales and festivals to support participation by UK architects and designers.

Since 2016, ADF supported presentations by UK architects and designers at ten international platforms: São Paulo Architecture Biennial, Moscow International Biennale, Days of Architecture Sarajevo, Dhaka Arts Summit, Toronto Design Offisite, Beijing Design Week, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Milan Salone del Mobile, Santiago Design Biennale and the central exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. This year, we are inviting organisers of international biennales and festivals to submit proposals for grants to support the participation of UK designers. 

Eligibility Criteria

Architecture and design biennales and festivals outside the UK wishing to showcase UK architects or designers are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those presenting work by designers in early stages of their career, i.e. within 10 years of practice. 

Grants will be given directly to biennales and festivals, rather than the designers. If you are an emerging UK designer or architect, and you have been invited to show at an international biennale or festival, please make the organiser aware of this opportunity so they can consider applying for this grant to support your presence.

Terms of the Grant

Grants will be offered by the British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion department to the biennale or festival organiser to cover specific costs in relation to the presentation of work by UK architects or designers. 

Application Process

International biennale or festival organisers can apply directly to the Architecture Design Fashion team or through a local British Council office, providing information on UK architects or designers selected to present work, funding expenditure and plans for audience engagement.

For activities taking place in 2018-19, the deadline for applications is 10 September 2018. Prior to this deadline, we will review applications on an on-going basis, so please apply as soon as your proposal is ready. 

Full criteria and the application form can be downloaded here

30 October 2018

Inaugural Indian Ceramics Triennale

Inaugural Indian Ceramics Triennale

19 October 2018

The Environmental Impact of Fashion: Skopje Fashion Weekend 2018

The Environmental Impact of Fashion: Skopje Fashion Weekend 2018 © Skopje Fashion Weekend

© Skopje Fashion Weekend

25 September 2018

MODUS: A Platform for Expanded Fashion

MODUS: A Platform for Expanded Fashion

7 August 2018

Istanbul Design Biennial: A School of Schools

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7 June 2018

Sarajevo and the Siege Workshop

Sarajevo and the Siege Workshop Project V Architecture

Project V Architecture

1 June 2018

Opportunity: International Biennales and Festivals

Opportunity: International Biennales and Festivals © Tallinn Architecture Biennale's insatallation by Gilles Retsin / PHOTO BY Tõnu Tunnel

© Tallinn Architecture Biennale's insatallation by Gilles Retsin / PHOTO BY Tõnu Tunnel

26 March 2018

Days of Architecture Sarajevo: ScanLAB Projects

Days of Architecture Sarajevo: ScanLAB Projects ScanLAB Projects

ScanLAB Projects

22 January 2018

Dhaka Art Summit: Fraser Muggeridge

Dhaka Art Summit: Fraser Muggeridge © Fraser Muggeridge

© Fraser Muggeridge

16 November 2017

São Paulo Architecture Biennial: Ways of Collaborating

São Paulo Architecture Biennial: Ways of Collaborating © 11a. Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo

© 11a. Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo

6 November 2017

Toronto Design Offsite: Aberrant Architecture

Toronto Design Offsite: Aberrant Architecture Civic Stage / © Aberrant Architecture, photo by Simon Kennedy

Civic Stage / © Aberrant Architecture, photo by Simon Kennedy

24 October 2017

Moscow International Biennale: UK Programme

Moscow International Biennale: UK Programme © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

© Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

18 August 2017

Tallinn Architecture Biennale: Digital Building Blocks

Tallinn Architecture Biennale: Digital Building Blocks © Tallinn Architecture Biennale / photo by Tõnu Tunnel

© Tallinn Architecture Biennale / photo by Tõnu Tunnel

12 June 2017

Opportunity: International Biennales and Festivals

Opportunity: International Biennales and Festivals CENTRAL EXHIBITION, VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016 © FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE

CENTRAL EXHIBITION, VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016 © FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE

17 March 2017

Disegno and British Council at Salone del Mobile, Milan

Disegno and British Council at Salone del Mobile, Milan © ATELLIER CLERICI

© ATELLIER CLERICI

20 January 2017

Santiago Design Biennial: Aesthetic Sustainable Future

Santiago Design Biennial: Aesthetic Sustainable Future CURRENT WINDOW / © CAVENTOU (MARJAN VAN AUBEL AND PETER KRIGE)

CURRENT WINDOW / © CAVENTOU (MARJAN VAN AUBEL AND PETER KRIGE)

11 January 2017

New British Inventors at Santiago Design Biennial

New British Inventors at Santiago Design Biennial © Bienal del Diseno

© Bienal del Diseno

1 December 2016

Film: Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Film: Lisbon Architecture Triennale MAAT and Amanda Levete Architects

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6 May 2016

Events Programme at Venice Architecture Biennale

Events Programme at Venice Architecture Biennale © Home Economics #1, 210x297mm, OK-RM and Matthieu Lavanchy, 2016

© Home Economics #1, 210x297mm, OK-RM and Matthieu Lavanchy, 2016