The UK/Australia Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections.
Through the Season, collectively we hope to gain a deeper understanding about where we have come from, who we are now, and where we can go together. It is also a chance to deepen relationships in business, higher education and government at a time of incredible potential and change.
Under the theme ‘Who are we now?’ and particularly in light of the COVID pandemic, the Season will reflect on both nations’ shared history and culture. The Season will explore the UK and Australia’s current relationship, the challenges and legacy of our relationship’s early beginnings, and imagine our future by bringing together artists, universities, and civil society leaders from both countries in a diverse and inclusive way.
Projects across all art forms are welcome to apply. The Season is inviting participation from across the Australian creative sector. A welcoming and supportive environment for First Nations participants is central to the Season.
Theme: Who are we now?
The theme provides a platform to celebrate the best of our arts and cultural life, with points of connection and collaboration around our shared successes.
The Season will be a celebration of the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the nations of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, as well as the rich societies that have emerged in both the UK and Australia through migration.
It is an opportunity to look at who we might be in the future in the face of global challenges.
Australia-based individuals and organisations are welcome to submit project proposals to participate in the Australian Program. Applications are now open and we have extended the closing date to 2pm Monday 5 October 2020.
The Australian Program will take place in the UK from 01 August to 30 November 2021, and the UK Program in Australia from September 2021 to March 2022.
Applicants do not need to apply for a grant in order to submit a proposal to participate in the Season, although all projects must be financially viable with sufficient resources in place.
For those seeking additional funding there will be two opportunities for Australian projects to apply for support.
Applicants are welcome to apply for both grants listed below, however if successful will only be awarded funding from one grant.
UK/Australia Season Grant
Please note this funding round is only open to organisations.
The UK/Australia Season is supported by the British Council Board of Patrons, which includes UK and Australian representatives and is chaired jointly by Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC.
Australian projects to be presented in the UK can bid for up to AUD $40,000. Further information around the assessor panel and shortlisting process will be available soon.
Organisations can apply for this grant in their application to participate in the Season on the Australia-based applications page on the British Council website.
Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)
Australian organisations and individuals also have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP).
Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program is now open for the Season. Applicants can apply for between $10,000 and $60,000 AUD. Applicants can apply here: https://dfat.smartygrants.com.au/ACDGP2020-2021_UKSeason
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