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May 18, 2021

British Council Unlimited Micro Awards (Round 2)

Hosted by British Council

With physical travel for artists still at a standstill, it’s time to reimagine international ways of working. We know that even to meet up online and dream takes capacity, so today we launch a new partnership between the British Council and Unlimited. The partnership supports pairings of disabled artists and collectives in the UK with those in selected countries to develop creative connections through small shared online work collaborations. The aim is to ensure that funds continue to flow to artists and artistic global ambition remains high during this time of global pandemic.

Funded by British Council and administered by Unlimited, these micro awards are to support artists in this uncertain time to build connections/collaborations, rather than to create work. The funding can cover a range of purposes – for example, reflecting on past work, using the time to explore different creative processes together, or even planning to create small iterations of new work, if relevant.

Each application must be led by a UK disabled artist or company/collective working with a UK disabled artist and applications can be for up to £2500. This includes up to £1000 for each artist or collective, and up to £500 for administration, translation, and equipment. Access funding is available separately – both to support access to applications and/or access to support the project.

If access costs higher than anticipated, fewer Awards will be made to ensure access costs can be covered for all. Funding can cover 100% of the project costs, or part-fund them if other sources of funding are available. It is assumed that activity will be remote. Any activities that are not, must comply with the COVID-19 restrictions throughout.

Each pair will be led by a disabled artist or collective based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, pairing up with a disabled artist or collective based in selected countries and territories eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA).

These countries are: Albania, Argentina, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China (People’s Republic of), Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Serbia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

We want to hear from the full diversity of disabled artists, working in any discipline across the UK. By using the term ‘disabled artist’ we aim to include artists who identify as being disabled, D/deaf, neurodiverse/neurodivergent and those experiencing chronic illness, mental health conditions, and more. We understand that different people prefer different terminology. You do not have to prefer the term ‘disabled person’ to apply. Artists whose work centres around disability and/or impairment are welcome to apply, as are those whose work does not.

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