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Open Call - Collaborative Projects

As part of the Transforming Narratives Artistic Programme Open Call, funding is being offered to support the showcasing of contemporary artistic programme, and build long-lasting cross-country relationships. 

  • Open call round 1: Now closed
  • Open call round 2: January – March 2020


Collaborative projects criteria

  • There will be a two-tier opportunity, awards up to a maximum of £10,000, and up to a maximum of £50,000.
  • Awards are open to new and existing partners.
  • All collaborations should ideally include two Birmingham-based partners (preferably a more established/ larger and an emerging/smaller organisation working in partnership) and at least one partner in either Pakistan and/or Bangladesh.
  • The lead organisation should ensure that all collaborative partners have been involved in the design and drafting of the application and it should be signed by representatives from all partners.
  • Where possible, capacity-building and knowledge-sharing should be built into the design of the project.
  • Partners should consider collaborating across a range of platforms including digital, demonstrate a genuine international collaboration with clear artistic aims, and a particular focus on contemporary arts practice across a range of art forms, such as literature, visual arts, theatre, music, dance, outdoor arts.
  • All collaborative projects should include an element of cultural relations and context sharing with one another, such as a public showcase supported by creative documentation, critical dialogue or archive. Details for each of these elements, should be outlined as part of the application.
  • Multiple applications for the same project will not be accepted.
  • All collaborative projects should be able to provide evidence of matched cash funding having already been secured and plans of further fundraising.
  • Proposals must demonstrate how the project will build legacy, for example contribute to a city wide programme vision, link into leadership development, and develop South Asian and other new audiences.
  • There is a requirement that all ticketed events will contribute to the budget for TN. Any applications should assume that 50 % of ticket income will be returned to the TN budget and should only include 50% of projected income in their budget (after all deductions have been factored in).


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