Artists Sampurna Chattarji and Eurig Salisbury leaning against a bus in Kolkata, India
Poetry Connections, Literature Across Frontiers, Sampurna Chattarji and Eurig Salisbury. Kolkata, India 2017 ©

Alexandra Buchler

Individual artists, arts organisations, and festivals based in India and Wales are invited to apply for a one-year research and development grant of up to 10,000 GBP by submitting co-created project proposals.

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Connections Through Culture: India-Wales is a grant scheme by the British Council supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales to develop cross-cultural creative collaborations and new artistic work between India and Wales with scope to tour arts festivals in both countries over the longer-term.

The grant is designed to provide support to individual artists, arts organisations and festivals based in India and Wales to co-create new artistic work, embed creative skills and develop capacity and share practice through a one-year research and development grant from April 2021 to February 2022. 

This grant scheme is an opportunity to build on the success of the India-Wales, the joint funding programme between British Council and Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales, and Wales’ involvement in the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017, that marked the 70 anniversary of independence in India. India Wales was an ambitious programme that supported more than 2000 participants across 13 projects, within theatre, dance, film, literature, music, and visual and applied arts, engaged more than 80,000 audience members in Wales and India, and reached over 4.9 million people through social media.

Aims and objectives of the programme

The programme offers opportunities for:

  • mutual and equitable collaboration in India and Wales with research and development grants for emerging and established artists and independent festivals or arts organisations in India and Wales
  • sharing the rich cultural heritage of India and Wales through innovative, new artistic works that have been co-created for touring to festivals in both the countries
  • artists, arts organisations, and festivals in both countries to benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history through development of new arts products.

Number of grants available

There are five grants of up to £10,000 available to artists, arts organizations and festivals in Wales and India to research and develop new collaboration projects.

Successful applicants are expected to deliver and complete all project activities from April 2021 to February 2022 and submit two interim project reports by July 2021 and November 2021 and a final project report in March 2022 to the British Council.

Expected outcomes

Research and Development: April 2021-February 2022

Research & Development support for diverse and inclusive artistic practice across all Arts forms aimed at touring festivals. 

Future funding: April 2022- March 2022

Successful projects from the Research and development phase will be invited to apply for additional grant funding support in April 2022 to ensure sustainable, structured and systematic creative collaboration focused on creation of new touring products.

The programme seeks to reflect the creative diversity of UK and India with specific focus on Wales and India.

Application dates

Applications for 2020-2021 are open till 14 February 2021.

For questions, please write to ConnectionsIndia@britishcouncil.org

For more information and frequently asked questions, please refer to the 'Downloads' section below.