$500K to share NSW arts and culture with UK

Diversity Arts Australia’s Pacesetters project was held at Blacktown Arts and included a block party hosted by Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers (pictured). Photo: Helen Tran.

Create NSW is calling for expressions of interest for the UK/Australia Season, with up to $500,000 up for grabs to support NSW arts companies and organisations to share their works to the UK in 2022. 

The UK/Australia Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), to strengthen and build cultural connections between the two nations.

The Season is an important opportunity for artists in NSW to connect with the United Kingdom to develop strong relationships and exchange cultural ideas and experiences.

This opportunity provides our artists, performers, writers and musicians with a platform to share NSW’s best arts and cultural programs to an international audience and increase physical and digital touring opportunities in key markets.

Importantly, it also gives artists the opportunity to develop networks at a time when connecting is more important than ever, and further strengthen relationships and international partnerships between the United Kingdom and Australia.

Culture is a key element in our bilateral relationship and is critical to growing NSW’s creative ties with the UK as they open back up – this initiative highlights the importance of cultural collaboration and growing our economic, artistic and cultural connections to a UK Audience.

The UK/Australia Season runs until December 2022 under the theme ‘Who are we now?’ and will reflect on both nations’ shared history and culture.

Projects across all artforms are welcome to apply. Projects are not limited to touring works; they can include an exhibition, festival, broadcasting or opportunities for exchange including residencies, symposia, workshops, site-specific or digital works. Applicants must have their own COVID-19 planning and risk management in place.

Expressions of interest for NSW companies and organisations for the UK/Australia  Season funding for 2022 are open now and close Sunday 20 June 2021. For more information including details on how to apply, go to UK/Australia Season 2021/22 Expressions of Interest

Image: Diversity Arts Australia’s Pacesetters project was held at Blacktown Arts and included a block party hosted by Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers (pictured). Photo: Helen Tran.
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