New Conversations is a programme funded and delivered by the British Council, Farnham Maltings, the High Commission of Canada in the UK and Canada Council for the Arts.
Launched in 2018, New Conversations started as a two-year programme designed to encourage collaboration between Canadian and UK artists with an emphasis on physical exchange and artist mobility. The first two rounds invested in 22 partnerships, many of which have developed into ongoing projects, further exchanges and friendships. Round Three of the programme responds to a radically different context. In light of the current restrictions on international travel and the ongoing climate emergency, we want to learn how partnerships can develop and flourish remotely and are interested in seeing how artists and arts organizations respond creatively to this challenge.
New Conversations is offering funding of up to $6,000 CAD / £3,500 GBP for partnerships to explore how they can develop new creative ideas, exchange knowledge and practice without meeting in person.
The fund is open to Canada and UK-based individual artists, collectives, independent companies and organizations of theatre and dance, but we welcome applications from collaborations across art forms. Priority will be given to project proposals led by groups or people who identify as minority ethnic, D/deaf, Mad and or disabled, and LGBTQIA+.
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