Call For Application | 2018 British Council New International Voices Residency Programme In London.

Applications for the 2018 New International Voices residency programme have commenced
The British Council, LIFT and Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) has spaces for two West African artists to participate in the 2018 British Council New International Voices Residency, London. Applicants must be currently living and working in either Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal or Sierra Leone.

The programme which is fully funded will support a new generation of international artists who are in the early stages of their professional career.

About the Programme:
Based at Battersea Arts Centre, the residency is a chance for individual West African artists to test out new ideas, to challenge the way they work, and create new international networks. Through a communal living environment, artists will have opportunities to share, reflect and develop practice with peers. They will also be part of an exciting LIFT festival programme and can attend a number of the performances.

Rules and Evaluation:
Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:
  1. A national of any West Africa country living and working in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal or Sierra Leone (unfortunately we cannot accept applications from companies or collectives)
  2. Applicant must be aged 18 to 35 in 31st December, 2018 and working in theatre, dance, live art, spoken word and performance.
  3. A strong working methodology
  4. Experience in creating devised performance
  5. Experience of sharing work in progress
  6. A willingness to share their practice and experience with the project film-maker
  7. An ongoing practice of investigation and collaboration
  8. The benefit that might be derived from being involved in this project
  9. A strong project idea that you would like to explore during the residency
Period and Benefits:
  1. The residency will take place from the 11th–24th June 2018.
  2. Artists will receive a range of support for their residency, including:
  3. A small stipend of approximately £1,500 (inclusive of travel expenses, visa costs and per diems)
  4. International travel provided for by the British Council
  5. 2 weeks communal accommodation in the artist bed rooms at Battersea Arts Centre
  6. Access to communal self
  7. catering facilities and a supply of basic food stuffs
  8. Access to two weeks of rehearsal space at the B attersea Arts Centre
  9. A creative dialogue with Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT producers about the development of new ideas
  10. Attendance to LIFT’s Weekender
  11. Complimentary tickets to performances at LIFT 2018
  12. The chance to connect and network with International performance-makers
Method of Application:
Applicant is to submit a copy of CVs, a covering letter of not more than 2 pages of A4 paper, expressing why he or she wishes to participate in the project and a scanned copy of his or her international passport by the 26th January 2018.

The CV and covering letter should demonstrate a strong working methodology and articulate the benefits that might be derived from undertaking the residency.

If possible, applicant should include a maximum of 3 video links to his or her work.
Applications should be sent to

Deadline for Submission of Applications:
January 26, 2018 (6pm)