Museum of Old and New Art (MONA); Credit: Joe McNally/Tourism Australia Copyright

If you are applying to present Australian work in the UK, here's what you need to know.

We are inviting individuals and organisations in Australia to submit project proposals for inclusion in the Season which align with the Season theme, dates and locations. Projects should have established partners and funding in place.

Please note: Application questions are available in Word format in the 'downloads' section of this page and can be submitted in this format if required.

Who can apply to participate?

Individuals and organisations from across the creative sector can apply to participate in the Season. We welcome projects from across all art forms, and applicants do not need to apply for a grant in order to participate. 

  • Projects must align to the theme ‘Who are we now?’ 
  • All or part of the project must be presented in the UK between 1 August 2021 - 30 November 2021. 
  • Projects must demonstrate excellence and innovation in the Australian cultural sector.
  • Projects must demonstrate financial viability with sufficient resources in place to deliver the proposed project.
  • Projects are not limited to touring works, they can include: residencies, a festival, symposia, workshops, site-specific work, digital work, exhibitions, and broadcast.

What funding is available?

Australia-based applicants are welcome to submit multiple proposals to participate in the Season, but can only apply for grant support for one project. 

There will be two opportunities for Australian projects to apply for support. Applicants are welcome to apply for both the grants listed below, however if successful will only be awarded funding from one grant. 

  • UK/Australia Season Grant
    Please note this funding round is only open to organisations. 
    Australian projects to be presented in the UK can bid for up to AUD $40,000.  Further information around the assessor panel and shortlisting process will be available soon. 
  • Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) 
    Individuals and organisations will also have the opportunity to apply through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) for support for projects. More information will be available in August on this page and on the DFAT website.  

What is the funding criteria?

The UK/Australia Season Grant panel will consider the following criteria:

  • Does the project speak to the theme ‘Who are we now?’ 
  • Does the project directly benefit artists or the sector post-covid-19?
  • Does the project demonstrate excellence, innovation or best practice in the Australian cultural sector?
  • Does the project represent the diversity of the cultural sectors in Australia?
  • Does the project involve UK/Australia collaboration? 
  • Is the project led by a financially viable organisation with sufficient resources in place to deliver the project described in the application?
  • Does the project take place during the specified Season dates?

How to apply

Organisations should download and read the assessment criteria, frequently asked questions and application questions for the UK/Australia Season Grants before starting an application. 

Please note, more information about the ACDGP will be available in August.

Assessment

The application process will be open from 29 July to 13 September. Applicants will be notified eight (8) weeks after the closing date. 

Further information around the assessor panel and shortlisting process will be available soon. 

Where can I get more information?

Register to join our webinar on 18 August 2020, 16:30 pm AEST (14:30 AWST) to hear more about the UK/Australia Season 2021-22. This webinar will be captioned and will be made available online afterwards. 

We accept applications in accessible formats. 
Contact our team to discuss your specific requirements, email culturalenquirieslondon@dfat.gov.au