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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: August – October 2019
  • 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).


Further reading and resources


How to apply

Please fill out the below application form and equal opportunities form and email it us:

Transforming Narratives Application form

Transforming Narratives equal opportunities form


Access Needs

Please contact the Transforming Narratives team on or 0121 607 1803 (Tuesday – Thursday) should you need to discuss access needs or require reasonable adjustments in order to make an application.