The Visiting Arts Project Awards

Event dates: 1 October 2006 - 31 March 2007

The Project Awards exist to advance the presentation of international art in the UK and to stimulate intercultural understanding.
The Project Awards exist to advance the presentation of international art in the UK and to stimulate intercultural understanding. We are looking to support projects that present the highest quality professional innovative artistic practice in the fields of applied arts, architecture, artists film, circus, dance, digital and new media arts, drama, installation, interdisciplinary arts, literature, live art, music, painting, performance, photography, physical theatre, print-making, puppetry and sculpture.

The financial support we can offer is modest and each application we consider should also demonstrate a high level of partnership funding. We can consider requests for awards of between £750 and £6000 and the average award granted is £3000. Please note that currently we are only able to support around one in five proposals we receive.

Visiting Arts works with geographic priorities and we seek to support art from countries and regions that are culturally underrepresented in the UK. We are looking for projects which present artists from outside of North and Western Europe, North America, Australasia and parts of Asia. For a list of our current regional priorities please see the criteria for assessment.

What this scheme is unable to support:

  • Academic, education or student projects
  • Activity that has already begun at the time of application
  • Awards and competitions
  • Bursaries, research or scholarships
  • Capital projects including equipment purchases
  • Commercial film
  • Commercial productions
  • Operational costs or overheads
  • Private events or those not open to a public audience
  • Research and development visits for individuals
  • Single performances
  • Standalone publications, recordings or websites
  • Traditional or Folkloric work

Criteria for assessment

Quality of project

Innovative arts projects that stimulate intercultural understanding by seeking to strengthen the knowledge of UK audiences about world arts and culture

Artistic practice that reflects the contemporary culture of a country

High professional standards of artistic practice, presentation and project management

Audience Impact

Wide audience impact:
- range and number of venues
- geographic spread of presentations
- length of the tour or exhibition
- new audience development
- how the work is contextualised
- extent of outreach and education activity

Visiting Arts encourages presentations in rural venues or areas where international art is underrepresented. Projects that tour to three or more UK regions / nations are a greater priority for funding.

An effective, wide-reaching marketing strategy

Visiting Arts Priorities

We can currently consider presentations from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Central and South America, China, Mongolia and Taiwan, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Application form
Deadline: 28/04/06

The Visiting Arts
Bloomsbury House, 74 - 77 Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DA London
phone: + 44 (0)20 7291 1600 (main) | + 44 (0)20 7291 1601
fax: + 44 (0)20 7291 1616
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