British Council, Farnham Maltings, Canada Council for the Arts and the High Commission of Canada in the UK and are inviting applications to the third round of their jointly funded New Conversations programme.
UK-Canada artistic partners working in theatre and dance can apply for up to $6,000 CAD / £3,500 GBP to explore how they can develop new creative ideas, exchange knowledge and practice without meeting in person.
Launched in 2018, New Conversations started as a two-year programme designed to encourage exchange between Canadian and UK artists with an emphasis on physical exchange and artist mobility. The first two rounds invested £121,000 in 22 partnerships, many of which have developed into ongoing projects, further exchanges and friendships. Following the success of the first two rounds, Canada Council joined the partnership in 2020.
Round Three of the programme responds to a radically different context. In light of the current restrictions on international travel and the ongoing climate emergency, the ambition of this round is to learn how partnerships can develop and flourish remotely and see how artists and arts organizations respond creatively to this challenge.
New Conversations is open to Canada and UK-based individual artists, collectives, independent companies and organizations of theatre and dance. Cross artform collaborations with a strong and relevant theatre and/or dance foundation are also welcomed.
Gavin Stride, Director of the Maltings, said:
Now more than ever, finding new ways to connect internationally is vital to ensuring intercultural dialogue and understanding continues. Our hope is that this round of New Conversations will allow artists and arts organisations to test new ideas and lay the groundwork for more innovative and sustainable collaborations in the future. We are grateful to Arts Council England for their continued support, which enables us to invest in this impactful programme.
Mariya Afzal, Country Director, British Council Canada, said:
During this time of significant change in the cultural sector, artists and arts organizations alike are being asked to think outside the box when it comes to the future of international collaborations. British Council is committed to offering opportunities for UK and Canadian artists and arts organizations to explore new possibilities for collaboration, partnership, and creation from a distance. The New Conversations programme has always been about building connections and engendering trust, and this year’s rendition offers a new opportunity for innovation in the international theatre and dance sector.
Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, said:
“I am so pleased to be able to announce the High Commission’s continued support for the New Conversations programme. Building on the success of the first two rounds, I am thrilled that our Canadian and UK partners have worked together to re-invent a third iteration of this important collaborative opportunity that allows us to work together even if we can’t meet in person. During these times, the ability to connect and share our stories is vital. The UK-Canada relationship within the arts is already strong, and it is with projects such as this that we will continue to find ways to make it stronger.”
Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts said:
We are extremely pleased to support this ongoing exploration of new ideas and conversations between artists and arts organizations from Canada and the UK. By continuing to advance international connection, collaboration and exchange, despite the current restrictions on mobility, applicants have an opportunity to take the dialogue of theatre and dance to a whole new level.
Applications for the Round Three of New Conversations open on 28 September and close on 27 November 2020. The full application pack and guidelines are available here