The British Council believes that gender equality and women’s empowerment are crucial to creating inclusive, open and prosperous societies.
Our Arts programme in Turkey is focused on diversifying audiences for the arts by working outside ‘traditional’ arts spaces and identifying and developing skills of new curatorial voices and creative entrepreneurs who champion a more inclusive and accessible arts offering at new forums.
Hence, developing female leaders and artists in culture who are explicitly working to diversify audiences is a key aspect of our programme.
The aims of our Grant Scheme to support showcasing of female artists from the UK in Turkey are:
- to create and share opportunities for professional collaboration of female UK artists with creative professionals, public and private institutions, NGOs, universities and creative hubs in Turkey,
- share, celebrate and broaden appreciation of artistic excellence of female artists from the UK in Turkey through diverse, inclusive and innovative programming.
Assessing gender equality and women empowerment were at the heart of the programme and were reflected in the representation of the talent from UK; the showcasing of different genres of projects and in using innovative approaches to reaching diverse audiences across Turkey, both live and online.