In picture: Manas Sharma's performance in Liminality ©

Photo by Janire Najera

Connections Through Culture: India-Wales is a new grant scheme by the British Council supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales to develop cross-cultural creative collaborations between India and Wales.

The grant is designed to provide support to individual artists, arts organisations and festivals based in India or Wales to co-create new artistic work and share practice over a period of 3 years, where:  

  • Year 1 is for the R&D for the proposed project.
  • Years 2 & 3 would include production and festivals touring.

As part of British Council's Festivals for the Future programme in India, the grant supports artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Wales and India, and enables development of cross-cultural practice and new artistic work with scope to tour to arts festivals in India and Wales over the longer-term.  

Individual artists, arts organisations and festivals based in India or Wales are invited to apply for the grant by submitting co-created project proposals for Year 1.

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. (Year 1)
  • 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 (Years 2 and 3). 
  • artists and festivals in both countries to benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history through development of new arts product.

Eligibility criteria

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Any individual artist, arts organisation or festival who wants to develop an arts project with a counterpart arts festival or individual. The co-created projects may include (but not be limited to) digital, performing arts, exhibitions, literature, music, or public events.
  • Members of staff of arts festivals or arts organisations are also eligible to apply.
  • Project alumnus of the 2017 Wales-India Year of Culture.
  • Individuals or Festivals that already have existing partnerships with counterparts in India/Wales.  

Who is not eligible?

  • Funding bodies and government departments in India or Wales.
  • Ongoing projects or ones that have already started.
  • For Indian applicants, individuals based (living) outside of India are ineligible, unless temporarily living outside of India but retaining a home address in India.   
  • For Welsh applicants, individuals based (living) outside of Wales are ineligible, unless temporarily living outside of the United Kingdom but retaining a home address in Wales and defined by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident in the UK’ for tax.

Number of grants available & expected outcomes

During the 3-year programme, the following number of grants would be awarded: 

Year 2019-2020
3 grants awarded at GBP 10,000 each (Year 1) 

Year 2020-2021
3 grants awarded at GBP 10,000 each (Year 1)
1 grants awarded from GBP 15,000 each from 2019-2020 cohort (Year 2)

Year 2021-2022
3 grants awarded at GBP 10,000 each (Year 1) 
1 grants awarded from GBP 15,000 each from 2020-2021 cohort (Year 2)

Expected outcomes

Year 1 to 2: Research and Development 

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

  Years 2 and 3: Public-facing artistic output 

  • 1 successful project from Year 1 will be invited to apply for increased grant support in the following 2nd and 3rd year 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 the devolved nations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with Wales and India pioneering the R&D initially.

What does the grant cover?

The grant will enable an individual artist, or creatives from a festival or arts organisation to visit counterparts in India or Wales, for:

Year 1

  • Face-to-face arts project development between festivals and artists e.g. R&D residencies for creative collaboration including artists fees, materials, and contractual negotiations.
  • Seeing and evaluating festivals and artworks of partner arts organisations.
  • Developing staff skills needed to realise a creative project through shadowing counterparts in partner arts organisations.

Years 2 & 3  

  • Further to the R&D, scaling the arts project to production and festivals touring, as well as the purchase or hire of materials, equipment, venues, goods and/or services, and artists fees.
  • Sharing the combined creative practice of Wales and India with festivals and audiences.

What it does not cover?   

The grant cannot be used for overhead costs, staff salaries, and general running costs. Please note, applicants will need to make their own travel, visa, and insurance arrangements.

Application dates

The application opens on 24 October 2019; last date for applying for the grant is 6 December 2019.

How to apply?

Applications will be accepted online through the application forms available in English and Welsh language. 

Please note, you must apply to only one of the forms (and not both).

For questions, please write to ConnectionsIndia@britishcouncil.org