Tate Modern; Credit: British Council

Applications are now closed.

If you are applying to present UK work in Australia, here's what you need to know about how to apply.

We are inviting organisations and individuals based in the UK to submit project proposals for inclusion in the Season which align to our theme, season dates, and locations. Projects should have established resources in place, in exceptional circumstances Australian partners can apply on behalf of UK-based artists.

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

Who can apply to participate?

  • Projects must align to the theme ‘Who are we now?’
  • All or part of the project must be presented in Australia between 1 September 2021 to 13 March 2022. 
  • Projects must demonstrate excellence and innovation in the UK cultural sector.
  • Projects across all art forms are welcome to apply. 
  • Projects are not limited to touring works, they can include: residencies, a festival focus, symposia, workshops, site-specific work, digital work, exhibitions, and broadcast.
  • Projects must be financially viable with sufficient resources in place.
  • Applicants may submit multiple proposals, but can only apply for small grant support towards one project.
  • Only organisations may apply for small grant support.
  • Applicants do not need to apply for a grant in order to participate in the Season. 

How do festivals or venues apply?

If you are an Australian venue or festival applying to bring UK work to Australia, you are able to apply via the 'UK in Australia application'. 

What funding is available?

UK projects to be presented in Australia can bid for up to GBP 25,000 pounds. Grant recipients will be selected by the British Council with a panel of UK sector arts advisors. We intend to support up to 10 projects with small grants. Please note this funding round is not open to individual artists.

What are the funding criteria?

The funding 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 cultural sectors of the UK and/or Australia?
  • Does the project represent the diversity of the cultural sectors in the UK and / or 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 submit

UK-based applications to participate in the Season, and applications for the UK/Australia Season Grants should be made through the British Council system. 

Please read the terms and conditions, frequently asked questions and application questions before starting the application. 

Where can I get more information?

Watch our webinar to learn more about the UK/Australia Season 2021-22. 


The application process will be open from 7 July to 17 August. Applicants will be notified nine (9) weeks after the closing date. 

Applications for grants will be shortlisted by British Council specialist arts staff. External advisors will then recommend grant recipients from the shortlisted projects.

Assessment Panel

  • Jenny Waldman CBE (chair)
  • Adelaide Bannerman
  • Ruth Fabby MBE
  • Tobi Kyeremateng
  • Claire Malcolm
  • Cian Smyth
  • Huw Stephens 

We accept applications in accessible formats. 
Contact our team to discuss your specific requirements, email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.au