Connections Through Culture Arts arts mobility grants - applications are now closed.

Connections Through Culture grants promote and seed exciting arts and cultural exchanges between the UK and South East Asia (Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand or Indonesia).

The grants support new connections, exchanges and collaborations. These grants help build long-term relationships and collaborations between artists, cultural professionals, creative practitioners and art and cultural organisations, hubs, networks, and collectives.

Applications closed on 23 October 2022, 23:59 GMT.

What can the grant be used for?

The grants can be used to support the development of projects with artistic expression that result in collaborative activities.

These projects can include artistic and creative exchanges of skills, knowledge, and practice, or the collaborative production of new artistic and creative content. Projects can be art residencies, exhibitions, performances and showcases, publications, webinars, and conferences.

UK-SEA Collaboration Grant: Applicants could apply for the UK-SEA Collaboration Grant for up to £8,000. This grant will support face to face and online/digital networking and collaboration between the UK and South East Asia to develop art and cultural projects together or facilitate skills and knowledge exchange. ·

UK-SEA Scoping and Research Grants: Applicants could apply for the UK-SEA Scoping and Research Grants for up to £2,000 This grant will support scoping new initiatives for arts and cultural collaboration and research between UK and South East Asia. Open to new applicants and previous CTC UK-SEA grantees (2019- 2021).

Key dates


  • Applications are now closed: 
  • Results notifications: 21 November 2022 
  • Contracting and Payment:  November – December 2022
  • Project period: December 2022 – June 2023. Supported projects must be completed by June 2023

Who is eligible through Connections Through Culture?

Connections Through Culture grants are open to: 

  • artists  
  • cultural and arts professionals 
  • representatives of art collectives, creative hubs, networks or organisations  
  • researchers. 

A UK lead applicant must nominate a South East Asian Counterpart(s), or a South East Asian lead applicant must nominate a UK Counterpart(s). 

Grants are offered to applicants in all art forms: theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion. Inter- and cross-disciplinary practices are encouraged.

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