The Connections Through Culture grants programme is designed to nurture fresh cultural partnerships between East Asia and the UK. These grants are instrumental in supporting new ideas and collaborations from artists and cultural organisations at any stage of development.

The grants supported in this round of Connections Through Culture programme have focused on two distinct areas: diversity and inclusion and, addressing climate change. The collaborative efforts across borders and artistic disciplines will lead to new thoughts and ideas created to address global challenges.

The grants support new connections, exchanges and collaborations. These grants help build long-term relationships and collaborations between artists, cultural professionals, creative practitioners and art and cultural organisations, hubs, networks, and collectives.

Connections Through Culture grantees 2023

QUEER CAMERA/DERIE: Queer Cinema Collectives Cruising Borders

UK: Otherness Archive

Indonesia: Qamerad

A collaborative film project between Bali collective Qamerad and London collective Otherness Archive that builds international queer solidarity through cinema and the redistribution of resources.

Tetiten Swarane Tandur / Hear the Seeds Sing

UK: Fusion Arts

Indonesia: Soboman Art Space 219

An immersive art exhibition in Oxford exploring the Cowongan Tradition from central Java. Responding to the climate crisis, the project aims to reignite conversations about environmental sustainability and cultural preservation.

Under the Bridge Water and Air

UK: Walker and Bromwich

Indonesia: Rakarsa Foundation

Collaboration addressing environmental concerns, mainly air and water quality,in Bandung and Glasgow. Engaging communities along river and motorway systems through workshops, visual imagery, and wearable art. The project promotes global environmental awareness and community empowerment.

Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham: Nottingham Contemporary

UK: Nottingham Contemporary

Indonesia: Julian Abraham 'Togar'

First solo exhibition by Indonesian artist Julian Abraham 'Togar' in Nottingham, featuring sound-centric, socially engaged projects. Focuses on creating accessible spaces through active audience participation and live exhibitions.

Bridging Cities: Exeter x Jakarta

UK: Exeter UNESCO City of Literature

Indonesia: 17,000 Islands of Imagination Foundation

A UNESCO Cities of Literature collaboration addressing the impacts of climate change. Writers and artists exchange work, fostering international collaboration, and exploring the role of literature in climate action.

Tab Space x Art.et.al: Capturing Surroundings

UK: Art et al.

Indonesia: Tab Space

Virtual collaboration between neurodivergent and neurotypical artists from the UK and Indonesia. Aims to create art, share experiences, and foster cross-cultural understanding, resulting in a new exhibition in Bandung.

Networking Archive: UK - Indonesia Contemporary Music (a digital residency)

UK: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Indonesia: Perempuan Komponis Forum & Lab

Digital residency exploring experimental music and sound art. Four participants from the UK and Indonesia will collaborate on new musical works, with outputs from the residency shared digitally and culminating in a performance in Indonesia.

Convergence of Grace: Uniting Worlds Through Dance

UK: Kadafi Mulula

Indonesia: KITAPOLENG

Dance film/documentary featuring collaboration between disabled dancer Arif "One-Legz" and non-disabled dancer Kadafi Mulula. Explores unity, diversity, and the transformative power of dance in Bali.

PRISM: Understanding The Spectrum of Meaning in Disability Arts Collaboration

UK: DaDa (DaDaFest)

Indonesia: Jogja Disability Arts

Research project on meaningful disability art collaboration. Aims to identify challenges, barriers, and best practices, providing input for guidelines and activity modules in disability arts collaborations in the UK and Indonesia.

‘Clayground’ — Jatiwangi Art Factory in residency at esea contemporary

UK: esea contemporary

Indonesia: Jatiwangi Art Factory

Collaboration exploring environmental sustainability through ongoing clay and forest initiatives. Artist residency in Manchester connects Jatiwangi's research to the UK ecosystem, fostering cross-cultural exchange.