About the programme

Key Dates Eligible countries
  • When is the application open?
    6 August – 5 September 2021
  • When will the results be out?
    30 September 2021
  • When are the projects to be completed?
    Latest 28 February 2022
UK and six Southeast Asia countries:
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is a grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia for the past 16 years to foster international collaborations through arts and culture. The Southeast Asia (SEA) edition of CTC was successfully launched in August 2019, and we have now completed three granting rounds, supporting 34 mobility/online collaborations in 2019 and 38 online collaborations in 2020.

We are delighted to announce that the 4th grant application is open between 6 August - 5 September 2021 and we look forward to receiving your proposals.

What are the available grants?

  UK-SEA Collaboration Grant UK-SEA Alumni Grants (New!)
Value Up to £8,000 Up to £2,000
Purpose Support online/digital networking and collaboration between the UK and Southeast Asia to develop art and cultural projects together or facilitate skills and knowledge exchange Support previous CTC UK-SEA grantees to build on the online/digital collaborations from the previous grant projects. These can be follow-up activities, wrap up conversations, or exploration of new collaborative ideas.
Who can apply Open to applicants who have not yet received a CTC UK-SEA grant. Open to previous CTC UK-SEA grantees (2019 and 2020) who have completed their projects.
  Open to individual artists, cultural professionals, creative practitioners, or, for cultural organisations, hubs, networks, and collectives based in the UK or in any of the six Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) featured in this programme.
  A UK Lead Applicant must nominate a SEA Counterpart(s), or a SEA Lead Applicant must nominate a UK Counterpart(s). Grants are offered to applicants in all art forms: theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion. Inter- and cross-disciplinary practices are encouraged

What are the grants for?

The grant should be used to support the process to develop projects with artistic expression or creativity at the core and that will result in collaborative activities including artistic and creative exchange of either skills, knowledge, and practice or the co-production towards new artistic and creative content. Various approaches can be employed such as art residencies, exhibitions, performances and showcases, publications, webinars, and conferences.

Who is NOT eligible to apply?

  • Not for academic institutions 
  • Not for funding bodies
  • Not for organisational overheads and general running costs
  • Not for Southeast Asian nationals living outside of Southeast Asia
  • Not for UK individuals based/living outside of the United Kingdom unless temporarily living but retaining a home address in the United Kingdom and defined by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident the in the UK’ for tax – see here.

The Notes for Applicants (downloadable below) provides essential information for your proposal preparation.

We also invite you to join us in virtual Information Sessions led by each Southeast Asia country teams where you can ask questions and hopefully make some useful connections between 11-13 and 16-18 August 2021. Please check the Southeast Asia country's social media for final schedule.

All applications will be in English and are accepted through the Submittable application site.

For more information, send an email to ctc@britishcouncil.org.

Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia Online Collaboration Grantees, 2021-2022:

We award 37 grant project teams (inclusive of six alumni grants) this year.


Grant Lead Grantee City / Town / Village Counterpart Grantee City / Town / Village Grant project working title or description
Collaboration Grant Ignatius Susiadi Wibowo on behalf of Labtanya South Jakarta Deveron Projects Huntly, North East, Scotland Our Commons: Food Resources (in English) or Harta Kampung Kota Kita (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Collaboration Grant Joel Cahen of Newtoy Ltd Chilham Robby Ocktavian of Muarasuar Samarinda Sound Estuary: Sound art practitioners and audiences in Indonesia and in the UK. Series of six workshops from artists in each country and a bespoke collaborative composition
Alumni Grant Tesla Manaf Effendi, Kuntari Bandung Graham Daniels of Addictive TV London Digital release & online launch event. Artists Kuntari and Addictive TV join forces to release their collaborative project Pararatronic.
Collaboration Grant Mohamad Apie Dhelpilia Suhariyanto and Titis Embun Ayu Winasis on behalf of Pustaka Pia Bandung, West Java Maisy Summer of Small Fry Collective Manchester IDENTICAL: Artbook of Minority Communities
Collaboration Grant WOW Foundation (Represented by Laura White as of 30 Sep 2021) London Voice of Baceprot West Jakarta WOW’s Digital Artist in Residence - Voice of Baceprot
Collaboration Grant Zunifah, Jalan Gembira Yogyakarta Fiona Cullinan of Walkspace Birmingham Parallel Walking: Between Here and There, Between the Seen and the Unseen


Grant Lead Grantee City / Town / Village Counterpart Grantee City / Town / Village Grant project working title or description
Collaboration Grant Eleena Jamil Cyberjaya  Dr. Stephen Knott London About Making: Exploration of different aspects of ‘making’ in art and architecture, while carrying forward the materials and processes of traditional craft in a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary mix
Alumni Grant Eliza Collin Lostwithiel Wendy Teo of Borneo Laboratory Kuching Narratives of Soil: Phase Two: Exploration and in-depth conversation and tangible collaboration with the practitioners and collaborators we established from the first CTC project
Collaboration Grant Abhirami Arumbakka Maidenhead Sumitra Selvaraj in partnership with Dhinesha Karthigesu Petaling Jaya Sarees and Secrets: Series of dialogues between 3 multi-generational and multi-disciplinary artists from across the world connected by their common love of the saree
Collaboration Grant Suzanne Lee with Francesca Beard Kuala Lumpur Priya Kulasagaran Petaling Jaya Safe/Selamat brings All Change, writers Francesca Beard (London) and Priya K (KL), and their community writing groups in the UK and Malaysia together for an online programme of action research, creative conversation, and exchange
Collaboration Grant Joanne Loo Yingjia Kuala Lumpur Ummi Kalthum Juni Norwich  Trash <––> Treasure art residency programme of UK and Malaysia artists
Collaboration Grant Anthony Alexander Chong Vee Ye Selangor Shane Gilchrist Belfast Empowering Deaf Women in Malaysia through Sign Poetry: Training of d/Deaf women from across the Straits on poetry in English and Malaysian Sign Language
Collaboration Grant Kenny Ooi Chia Fu of The Rondo Productions Penang Orchestra of the Swan Belfast, Northern Irelan Musical Encounter Training for young composers and musicians, between 18 to 26 years old


Grant Lead Grantee City / Town / Village Counterpart Grantee City / Town / Village Grant project working title or description
Collaboration Grant Aung Myat Htay Yangon Grace Adam Suffolk, East Anglia The Moments: A collaboration of ideas exchange UK-Myanmar Contemporary Art workshop programme
Collaboration Grant  Aung Min Yangon Tony Gammidge Brighton Safe Room: Art for trauma healing sessions and collaborations
Collaboration Grant Andrew Derek Halliday of Phantom Limb Tourin Southampton Musica Htet Yangon A Sound Journey to Freedom: Intersectionality of visual and sonic arts
Collaboration Grant  Dominique Robert DIllabough-Lefebvre Cambridge Saw Eh Do Wah Mutraw, Karen State  Lives across boundaries: Film development project about environmental change and Karen borderlands. 
Collaboration Grant Daw Htar Nwe Yangon  Jack Jenkins Hill London Memory in Exile: Mixed media online archive of oral histories of diasporic populations in Myanmar 


Grant Lead Grantee City / Town / Village Counterpart Grantee City / Town / Village Grant project working title or description
Collaboration Grant Hannah Maria Carmina Reyes Morales of Emerging Islands San Juan, La Union  Mandy Barker Leeds Plastic Passages: Mapping Our Way Towards Collective Sea Change
Collaboration Grant  Joseph Wallace East Sussex Jemina Legaspi Bocaue, Bulacan Environmental Storytelling Through Stop Motion Animation: An exploration of recycled puppetry, sustainable practice, and poetic visions
Alumni Grant Patricia Mendoza on behalf of Matic Hub  Cebu City Gillian Easson on behalf of Creative Dundee  Dundee, Scotland  #MaterialsWiki - A Virtual Knowledge Sharing with Arts & Design Students
Collaboration Grant  Jerome Dulin of North Luzon Cinema Guild, Inc. Tuguegarao City, Cagaya Noémie Mendelle of Scottish Documentary Institute Edinburgh, Scotland Lenses X Cultures (Lenses Cross Cultures): Creative Documentary Film Lab 
Collaboration Grant Mac Andre Rubio Arboleda Manila April Lin  London Toolkits for Counterparts


Grant Lead Grantee City / Town / Village Counterpart Grantee City / Town / Village Grant project working title or description
Alumni Grant Piyawat Louilarpprasert Bangkok Scott Wilson  Birmingham Mutation of Sounds and Dialogues: Connection of Culture and Music Technology 
Collaboration Grant  Ratchanok Ketboonruand Chiang Mai Carol Sinclair Angus, Scotland Crafting Happiness: Craft and Making for Health and Wellbeing in Thailand and Scotland
Alumni Grant Chumpon Apisuk Nan Province Sinead O'Donnell Belfast, Northern Ireland  Living with Closer Distancing: short docu, writings, and a live seminar and workshop at the at the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art (BIFPA), workshop at BIFPA as an online exchange between performance students from Bangkok University, Chiangmai University, and Ulster University (Belfast)
Collaboration Grant   Weave Artisan Society Chiang Mai Naomi Mcintosh Crathie, Scotland  Cross Cultural Tapestry: large scale 3D tapestry annex over a period of 3 months. UK artist collaborating with Thailand local team of weavers.
Collaboration Grant  B-Floor Theatre Bangkok Bangkok Patrick J O'reilly of Tinderbox Theatre Company Belfast, Northern Irelan Digital Playground: Exploring the theme of Climate Change and the Body, collaborative Digital space for physical theatre collaboration exploring climate change effects on the body.
Collaboration Grant  Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn Bangkok Philippa Lovatt St Andrews, Scotland Tracing the Anthropocene in Southeast Asian and British Artists' Cinema: Film Screenings and Discussion


Grant Lead Grantee City / Town / Village Counterpart Grantee City / Town / Village Grant project working title or description
Alumni Grant Bui Linh Ha Hanoi Esther Swift Edinburgh, Scotland Creative Hosting (to) Access Music: CHẠM (vn for 'touch') – Music and Well-Being project
Collaboration Grant  Nhã Thuyên aka Đỗ Thị Thoan Hanoi Alexandra Büchler of Literature Across Frontiers / / Llenyddiaeth Ar Draws Ffiniau Aberystwyth, Wales Ù Ơ: Digital residency and poetic exchange between emerging Vietnamese and Welsh women poets and artists
Collaboration Grant  Vu Thi Phuong Thao on behalf Blue H'mong textile community in Pa Co Hanoi Lola Lely of WAX Atelier co-op London Crafting without Borders: Cross-cultural arts exchange through a series of online workshops between a community of Blue H'mong craftswomen in Vietnam and a community of craftswomen at WAX Atelier Co-Op in London
Collaboration Grant  Trang Trinh Hanoi Caroline Sharp London "My morning song": A cross cultural educational and musical partnership based on Elgar's Chasson de Martin
Collaboration Grant  Nguyen Quoc Thanh of Queer Forever! on behalf of two other partners: Dinh Thao Linh, Ba-Bau AIR and Dinh Thi Nhung, A Queer Museum / Ban Lon - Vagina Talks Hanoi Asia Art Activism London Cruising beyond the cloud computing, xuyên không across the sky (thực ra là light speed under the sea): Collaborative, participatory, and open-ended process around issues of queerness, local and intercultural queerstories, transnational exchange of knowledge and practices
Collaboration Grant  Luyen Thi Linh Hanoi Casson & Friends (by Tim Casson) Lincolnshire The Dance WE Made: Through 4 training sessions over 2 days, training of 4 Vietnamese dancers (2 disabled and 2 non-disabled) about the project, how to work with the public, how the choreographic concept works, and perform a live version (COVID permitting) in public spaces in Hanoi
Collaboration Grant  Chau Quynh Le on behalf of CPED: Center for Cultural Preservation & Economic Development Hue Victoria Elizabeth Roe London Weaving a Better World: Including Craft to Reset Sustainable Fashion. Creations based on Ta Oi women’s designs, with an online manual and clips of the processes for lean designs with impactful intention, and assess sustainability and social/cultural impact
Collaboration Grant  Tran Viet Huy on behalf of Đà Nẵng tui Da Nang Dylan Jones of The Coracle Society Cardiff, Wales Lênh Đênh - Journey on the Waves of Time: Interactive parallel activities between artists, craftsmen, and fishermen in Vietnam accessing current and historic uses of Coracles (thuyền thúng) throughout Viet Nam and their historic use in the UK

Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia Online Collaboration Grantees 2020-2021



Grantee Counterpart/s Project
Jogja Disability Arts: Butong Idar (Yogyakarta) Disability Murals (UK Disabled Peoples Council) (Bristol) Netas / Incubate' Disability Murals Project 2021: Collaborative murals (one in Indonesia and another in UK), with video and book to document conceptualisation, process and exchanges. 
Corali Dance Company: Sarah Archdeacon (Jakarta/Bandung) GIGI Art of Dance (Brighton) Digital Dance Toolkit Development: Design and test a digital dance toolkit based on Corali’s artistic methodologies to be made accessible publicly.
Edward Riman (UK) Ninda Felina (ID) & Prabumi (ID) Digital Music Collaboration: Recording sounds from sites threatened by climate change. 
Makassar Writers Festival: Lily Yulianti Farid (ID) Literature Across Frontiers (UK Storytelling project for d/Deaf writers, with support from Disability Arts Cymru (UK)
Flatpack Projects: Ian Francis (Birmingham) Sahabat Seni Nusantara (Jakarta) Urban Legends: Film festival exchange on the horror genre highlighting diverse voices of Islam and LGBTQ
Emma Frankland (Brighton) Tamarra (Yogyakarta) Trans Performance Exchange - From My Land to Your Land: Six month dialogue with six performance pieces created over digital platforms, links to land, river and oceans, and drawing on trans communities
Impermanence: Joshua Ben-Tovim and Roseanna Anderson (London) Studio Hanafi: Heru Joni Putra and Irfan Setiawan (Jakarta) Online art residency examining the theme of 'arrival' based on three epic poems/writings by historical Indonesian poets about Raffles. Geological links between UK-ID, highlighting impact of mining and extraction industry
Cryptic UK: Robbie Thomson (Scotland) WAFT Lab (Surabaya) Megalithic Transportation International - digital residency between four artists from Cryptic (UK) and WAFT Lab (ID) using megalithic sites to explore ideas of community, technology and communication
No Bounds Festival: Liam O'Shea (Sheffield) Yesnowave (ID) Online residencies and Ccllaboration between artists Nkisi (UK) and Gabber Modus Operandi (ID); decolonialisation of music / global south club movement
Zoo Co Creative Ltd: Florence O'Mahoney (London) Komunitas Sakatoya: Basundara Murba Anggana (Jakarta) CareCrisis enables two theatre companies to test a new digital performance format, with live performers from Sakatoya, and live, projected performances by Zoo Co. Explorating ecology, nature and care of older people. Short film of the digital rehearsal residency footage.
Bagong Kussudiardja Foundation: Jeannie Park (Yogyakarta) The Paper Birds (Leeds) The School of Hope': An online artistic global citizenship project led by UK theatre company The Paper Birds and hosted by PSBK art centre in Yogyakarta; using arts to engage Young Indonesians and artists in the concept of “empathy”.
Intersastra: Gaia Khairina (Jakarta) Khairani Barokka (London) Writing and performance workshops for transwomen in Indonesia and the UK, resulting in a digital library of short stories and filmed performances based on the storiesamplify and celebrate transwomen’s voices, and subvert tropes of representation by having transwomen define the creative bodymind in physical and digital spaces. We will hold 2 public Zoom discussions to nurture intersectional solidarity between the two countries.
Ballet ID: Mariska Febriyani (Jakarta) Marc Brew Company: Marc Robert Brew (London) DANCE DIALOGUE: Digital art residency between artists, exploring the concept of space and restrictions. 



Grantee Counterpart/s Project
Hands Percussions Sdn Bhd: Goh Seang Hong (MY) Paul Philbert (Edinburgh) LIFECYCLE 2021: A progression check-in after initial two projects (RI YUE CHU YIN 2011 and Tchaikovsky on Gamelan in 2014). Organic approach to composing a new piece for the Malay gamelan, and Malaysian composition will be synergised with composer. 
Eliza Collin (London) Borneo Art Collective: Wendy Teo (Kuching) Digital exchange research and workshops on sustainability of mud in design and its cultural intricacies. Four workshops at Think & Think space. Promoting the use of mud as a material shines a light on our damaging modern design practices.
Art Dialogo Asia: Anna Karina Jardin (Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia-wide) Let's Reinvent: Bien King (London) ART-I-CULATE programme: Open call to youth 14-18 (20 from 12 UK regions and 5 ASEAN countries): Masterclasses, artistic collaborations, cultural dialogues and exhibition
Sonia Luhong Wan (Borneo) Catriona Maddocks, creatives of northeast of England  Borneo Bengkel - NORTH / EAST: Collaborative exchanges, conversations and interactions between creative practitioners from the North East of England, East Malaysia and Kalimantan
Alistair Debling (Bristol) Khatijah Rahmat (MY) On the Queer Time of Elephants: A Cross-Cultural Experimental Film: Digital art residency, online exhibition and screenings in the UK and Malaysia, documenting the different temporalities experienced by a young queer artist in a locked-down city and an artist-researcher studying Asian elephants in the remote Malaysian jungle.
KL Shakespeare Players: Lim Soon-Heng (Kuala Lumpur) Leo Sykes Libanio (London) OBJECTing Shakespeare:  Workshops on objects in Shakespeare, exploring how to transform them playfully in Shakespeare productions for non-native English-speaking children.
Laura Porter (Devon) Lee Mok Yee (MY) Online collaborative residency between Malaysian-based mixed-media artist Lee Mok Yee and UK-based sculpture and installation artist Laura Porter, over a eight-week period.



Grantee Counterpart/s Project
Renan Laru-an (Sultan Kudarat) Helena Hunter; Mandy El-Sayegh (England) Into the year of birds and clouds (Motions of this Kind 2021 Digital Archives and Research)
MATIC HUB: Patricia Kyle Gillera Mendoza (Manila) Gillian Easson (Dundee) Materials library expansion – Art and cultural research collaboration between UNESCO Creative Cities of Design: Cebu  and Dundee
Thirty-Three Thirty-Three: Nathan Comer (London) LaVerne de la Peña (Quezon City) Livestream performance of Filipino composer José Maceda’s work ‘Udlot-Udlot’ through Filipino community in Japan, UK counterpart working with Japanese university
Everything Green Trading and Consulting: Camille Rose Albarracin (Quezon City) Ericka Ilah Santiago (England) Agri-waste to Fashion (Footwear and Accessories) Collaboration: Design hackathon using agricultural materials between PH and UK designers involving local artisans (disabled, farmers, woman group artisan). 
Nathalie Dagmang (Manila) Curating Development: Deirdre McKay (England) Situating soundscapes and textures of migration: A psychogeographic map of the Filipino diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic: Online curation on PH migrants using Zoom calls as methdology and content
Niya B (London) Bunny Cadag (Manila) Intimate Threads - performance making and gender plurality in the UK and the Philippines: online residencies and performances
*PH Arts and Creative Economy Research Grant: Stephanie Tudtud (UK respondents) Research on the need for a 'practical maker space' in Cebu, using UK case studies. Researcher drawing on her experience and contacts as Cardiff Met alumna.
*PH Arts and Creative Economy Research Grant: Diego Maranan (UK respondents) Research on how underutilised arts and science collaboration in the PH can spur innovation, using UK case studies. Researcher drawing on his experience and contacts as University of Plymouth alumnus
*PH Arts and Creative Economy Research Grant:  Maya Tamayo-Gutierrez (UK respondents) Research on roadmap for more inclusive arts and creative economy policy, engaging female government leaders; Includes experts and case studies from UK cultural policies.



Grantee Counterpart/s Project
Invisible Flock: Catherine Baxendale (England) Siwakorn Odachao, Jennifer Katanyoutanant (Bangkok and Northern Thailand) Walk Like a Bee: Online workshops with Karen tribe elders facilitated by a design lab. Online and offline tools added to community mapping to support the online sharing and documentation of traditional rotational farming, a form of adaptation to Climate Change. Dialogue will be shared online as publications and at the 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum, taking place online during March 2021, hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Piyawat Louislapprasert (Nakhon Pathom) Scott Wilson (England), among other UK and Thai artists Resilience, Distance, Connection in Isolation Space from Afar: Online cultural exchange workshops, discussions, digital exhibitions, and virtual performances exchanging music and ideas between several UK and Thai artists on themes such as Cultural exchange and musical voices (Southeast Asian Instruments, UK Sound art/field recordings, etc.), resilience and collaboration in isolation, technology.
Anya Muangkote (Bangkok) Charlene Smith (England) Regenerative Districts - #1 Watthana: Building a network of local creatives and businesses to create a creative and regenerative circular economy in Thailand, enabling the sourcing of biomass from organic waste to develop local biodegradable artefacts/crafts/designs.The activities consist of research, material making workshops, showcases.
Asiatopia: Chumpon Apisuk (Nan, northern Thailand) Sinead O'Donnell (Northern Ireland) Closer Distancing: Artistic Connectivity with COVID-19: A series of online artistic collaboraitons and public live-streaming using online and digital platforms as well as digital archives to create new work in performance arts.
 Baff Akoto (England) Adulaya Hoontrakul (TH) Diasporic Blackness in the SE Asian context:  A Digital Artist Residency to undertake research into contemporary Diasporic Blackness in the SE Asian context.



Grantee Counterpart/s Project
Harry Maberly (Glasgow) Hồ Nguyễn Hải Đăng (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) GAP | GẶP: online movement film exploring connection, distance, and the role of digital intimacy in contemporary UK & Vietnamese queer culture. 
Heather Lander (Glasgow) Linh Hà (Hanoi) An impression of your presence, your place: Online audiovisual artwork and exchange
Van Huynh Company: Dam Van Huynh (London) MORUA: Ngo Thanh Phuong (Hoi An) Sound Barrier (working title): Online cultural exchange and contemporary dance showcase
Sally Lai (Manchester) Richard Streitmatter-Tran (VN) The Studios Project, Asia: An online platform of artists' studiosresearch about artist studios role, and online curatorial resource