Friday, April 24, 2009

Wales Art International Opportunities Fund

Deadline: Ongoing
Deadlines for receiving applications to the International Opportunities Fund are the last Friday in each month.

International Opportunities Fund
Wales Art International

Cardiff, Wales

Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the International Opportunities Fund is to encourage professional arts practitioners both to explore potential partnerships with a view to future collaborations and to deliver collaborative projects with practitioners, producers, presenters or promoters in countries outside the UK.


The Fund is open to professional arts organisations based in Wales and to professional artists who live in Wales.

Level of support

For research activity, funding support is available primarily towards travel costs. For the delivery of project activity, funding support towards overall costs will not exceed £3,000.


The following factors are taken into consideration when assessing applications:

  • the likely delivery of high quality, contemporary work with potential for contributing to artform development in Wales

  • the professional experience of the applicant

  • the potential for new work for artists that has an enduring or sustainable value

  • a professional commitment to international exchange and collaboration expressed through clear strategic objectives for carrying out the proposed activity

  • an enthusiasm to co-operate with international practitioners and to actively engage with international networks

  • the viability of the budget for the proposal and the level of partnership funding

  • relevance to Wales Arts International’s broader strategic and geographic priorities
The broad strategic priorities are:

1. Maximising international opportunities through communication, networks and artist led initiatives through IOF
2. Increasing investment in the arts in Wales
3. international impact and recognition

The broad geographic priorities are USA, India, China (Chongqing) , France, Germany, Québec, Catalonia, Silesia, Australia (New South Wales), South Africa, Japan. Please note that these may change as the strategy progresses.

Support is available for overseas visits aimed at the development of international work in Wales, and the development and delivery of activity outside the UK. Proposals should have a collaborative focus.

Submitting an application

Organisations or individual artists interested in submitting an application to the International Opportunities Fund should, in the first instance, speak to Nikki Morgan (contact details below). All forms have an individual application number and a new form must be issued for each application.

Applications will not be considered where the applicant has purchased travel tickets prior to submitting an application, or towards retrospective costs.

Please note that complete applications should be received to a deadline with a minimum of two months prior to the start date of the activity. Wales Arts International aims to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within six weeks of the deadline after the application is received.

If your proposal is supported by Wales Arts International, you will need to submit a written report including images or other materials where appropriate, including evidence of the expenditure you incurred covered by our support, within 60 days of the end of your project or research visit. This report could, with your agreement, be shared with others planning to work in a related context.

Full details available on the website:

For further information please contact:

Hannah Jones
International Assistant Officer
Wales Arts International
9 Museum Place
CF10 3NX
Tel: +44 (0)29 2037 6500
Fax: +44 (0)29 2022 1447