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Latest from UK Arts
12 November 2020

Skinder Hundal MBE joins us as Director of Arts

We’re delighted to announce that Skinder Hundal MBE will become our new Director of Arts from 9 December 2020.

Skinder is currently CEO/Director of New Art Exchange, a contemporary arts space in Nottingham where over the past 12 years he has worked to create connections between the UK and overseas through arts and cultural projects.

Our Director of Cultural Engagement, Mark Stephens CMG, has said that ‘his long history of international collaborations, coupled with an outstanding commitment to inclusion and diversity, make Skinder an exceptional candidate to lead our global Arts work'.

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Current Opportunities

Open call for creative commissions

We're inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.

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New Conversations

New Conversations is offering funding of up to £3,500 for partnerships to explore how they can develop new creative ideas, exchange knowledge and practice without meeting in person. The fund is open to UK and Canada-based individual artists, collectives, independent companies and organisations of theatre and dance, but we welcome applications from collaborations across art forms.

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Supporting creative industries mapping in Georgia

Do you have a track-record in carrying out mapping and research in the creative and cultural industries? We're seeking proposals from UK consultants and organisations to advise on a programme aiming to foster mapping and research skills and activities within the creative industries in Georgia.

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India Literature and Publishing Sector Research

We're inviting proposals from researchers to research into India’s trade publishing and literature sectors. The work aims to identify opportunities for internationalisation and the challenges and issues faced by publishers and other literature organisations from working and collaborating more internationally, specifically with the UK.

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More from British Council Arts

India-Wales Digital Festival

We're excited to present the India-Wales Digital Festival. This online festival will celebrate collaborative work between India and Wales, across literature, music, dance, theatre, art and craft. The festival takes place from 12–23 November 2020, to coincide with Diwali celebrations in both countries.

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Outburst Festival 2020

Want to explore a rich programme of queer arts with Outburst Arts Festival 2020? From 14–21 November, you can experience Outburst’s events online, for free. If you’re in Belfast, you can catch live events too. This year includes discussions, cutting-edge theatre and dance commissions, film, art and music collaborations - with lots to watch online.

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Europe Beyond Access introduces Jordy Ruhl

Meet Jordy Ruhl, a performer and actor with Theater Babel Rotterdam who was selected for our third artist laboratory, hosted by Holland Dance Festival in Maastricht. This film is part of a series of artist profiles produced by the transnational network, Europe Beyond Access.

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Creative Hub Leader's Toolkit

We are delighted to launch our brand new Creative Hub Leader’s Toolkit, a free practical guide for emerging and established creative hubs. The toolkit can be used by hubs at varying stages, whether emerging or established, as it can provide a foundation or a refresh of thinking.

Download here

Sustainable Challenge: Open Expert Talks

Join a series of free virtual panel discussions on 15 - 16 November discussing sustainability and the gender perspective in fashion. ⁠Developed in collaboration with Design Manchester and MODA-FAD, these talks are a part of the Sustainable Challenge 2020.

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World premiere of Willie Doherty's new film

From 12–16 November, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive will stream a world preview of the new film by Willie Doherty. The film was commissioned for the WHERE / DOVE exhibition, co-produced by FMAV and National Museums Northern Ireland and with the support of the British Council as part of our UK / Italy Season 2020.

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As always, feel free to get in touch via Twitter @BritishArts, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #CultureConnectsUs.

Photo credits

Open call for creative commissions: Virtual reality by Tierney

New Conversations: photographer Rachel Warr

India-Wales Digital Festival: Rani Marin jamming with Gareth Bonello in Pahambir during the Khasi-Cymru Collective. © Gareth Bonello

Outburst Festival 2020: Sasheina

World premiere of Willie Doherty's new film: Willie Doherty, Ghost Story, 2007


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