Deadline: Friday, 22 November 2019

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. 

In support of this, we have initiated an open call for a new Grant Scheme to support showcasing of female artists from the UK in Turkey.

The aims of this Grant Scheme 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 will be at the heart of the programme and will be 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.

This Grant Scheme is for organisations from Turkey who wish to present a UK female artist working in any genre in Turkey between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2020. The organisations could be:

  • NGOs
  • Associations
  • Foundations
  • Public offices
  • Universities
  • Governmental bodies
  • Other cultural institutions 
  • Creative hubs

Grants are available for:

  • Any type of live or online arts and culture activity by/with a female artist from the UK.
  • Activity may include; professional and audience development opportunities, such as conferences, workshops, public talks, exhibitions, screenings, live performances or creative collaborations with artists from Turkey. 

The deadline for submitting the applications is Friday, 22 November 2019. Please complete the form and send it at by 23:59 GMT+3.


  1. The activity must showcase UK artistic content (this may be part of an overall programme featuring artistic content from Turkey and/or other countries), from any genre, created by emerging and established female UK artists/collectives.
  2. The UK arts showcasing in Turkey should take place between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2020.
  3. The amount of grant available per application is a maximum of 10,000TRY. Projects may not receive the full funding amount requested.
  4. It is expected that the grant will act as co-funding, where the grant participant will cover between 25per cent to 50 per cent of the whole budget from other sources (including cash and/or in-kind contributions).
  5. A budget should be provided which shows a full cost breakdown and sources of anticipated income or project support including in-kind contributions.
  6. The event should take place in an accessible space or a digital platform. 
  7. The event must carry the British Council logo including the phrase ‘This project is made possible by #WomenPowerinCulture grant by British Council’ on every communication documents and visual materials. The partner will be expected to market and communicate the activity effectively and may be asked to share a marketing plan demonstrating how they plan to attract a strong audience for the event(s).
  8. Not eligible for this grant scheme: a. Invitations to attend educational activity (e.g. courses, research, PhD or any other degree). b. Support for language learning.
  9. The British Council will not take responsibility for organising participant invitations or visas or any other administrative aspects of the event.
  10. Organisations applying for grants should be registered in Turkey and act as legal entities.

UK Artist Criteria

  1. Working in any genre and medium.
  2. At least several years’ experience at a professional level that has attracted demonstrable interest from the arts and culture industry in the UK.
  3. Interest in collaboration and working on new artistic and creative projects with others and forging international connections to support future international working.

Selection Committee

Selection committee will be composed of Cherry Gough, Country Director, Turkey; Claire De Braekeleer, Regional Arts Director, Wider Europe and Esra A. Aysun, Head of Arts Turkey.

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to the projects that meet the conditions above, and present:

  1. A strong idea that has been clearly researched, showing how this activity is beneficial to the UK artist/professional and the Turkey arts sector 
  2. Demonstrable evidence of interest from both the UK and Turkey partners
  3. Additional sources of funding identified (including in-kind support)
  4. Sustainable and continuing collaboration and creative and commercial exchange that will be supported by this activity
  5. Significant audience reach (including digital elements such as recording and broadcast, where the artistic activity (e.g. performance) is likely to be shared with a wider audience)
  6. Consideration to engaging artists from all parts of the UK
  7. A proven track record in delivering high quality projects/events
  8. A clear vision of Gender Equality and a vision of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.