Arts Council England to launch £750,000 travel fund for artists

Arts Council England has announced that it will be creating a funding scheme to enable artists from the UK to travel abroad. The Artists International Development Fund will be a collaboration between Arts Council England and British Council.

Despite Chair Dame Liz Forgan’s commenting that: ‘great art isn’t about economics’, the project will offer a £750,000 fund to successful applicants. She said: ‘For the Arts Council, creative talent is where it all begins and ends. Supporting artists so you can thrive is central to everything we do.’

Dame Forgan made the announcement at Arts Council England’s annual conference, State of the Arts. She described the fund as a ‘new chapter in the relationship between the arts council and the British Council’ and said that the money would, ‘help artists to broaden their physical and cultural horizons.’

The Arts Council and British Council will release the full details regarding The Artists International Development Fund on the 29 February. Dame Forgan said she hoped the fund would help to, ‘support English artists to travel, explore and collaborate internationally, developing markets and audiences overseas for their work.’

She went onto explain the purpose of the fund, saying: ‘It responds to the evident and increasing insistence by artists that they need access to their peers, to audiences and to influences from other places and other cultures. The fund will, I hope, be a valuable help to artists to build on domestic success at crucial stages in their careers.’

The Artists International Development Fund will begin accepting applications early March.

Fill you in Friday

It’s our second edition of Fill you in Friday… keeping you up to date with all the latest events and workshops coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need.

BETT show 2012

BETT offers over 100 workshops, seminars and discussions – all part of their ‘learn live’ initiative. 650 exhibitors will attend, offering IT solutions for teachers and showcasing the newest products available on the market.

The show is in its 28th year and has approximately 60,000 visitors coming every year. Come and visit for the latest developments in ICT technology for the classroom. Free to attend.

The four day event will be held at London Olympia from 11th-14th January.

To register visit

Arts Council
State of the Arts 2012 

Hosted by the Arts council and in association with Manchester and Salford City Council’s, along with the BBC, this year’s event will take place at The Lowry – a first for the event which has previously been held in London. Returning for it’s third year in February, the event will focus on the relationship between society and the artist. There will be a number of events, talks, debates and pre-conference entertainment available.

Book before 25th December and receive an early bird discount – however it is still fairly pricey.

Early bird tickets cost £80, full price tickets will set you back by about £110.

But for those who can’t afford the entry the Arts Council are offering 50 bursaries which will

cover: a ticket to State of the Arts including the pre conference arts events, travel and one night’s accommodation. Information about how to apply for a bursary will be announced on their website on Monday 12th.

For more information visit

New issue of Teaching Drama out soon!
Spring 2 issue

Our newest issue is out Monday 19th December … and it’s a Shakespeare special!

*World Shakespeare Festival 2012 highlights,
*Shakespeare Schools Festival,
*A review of The National Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors.

Plus all of our regular features, news and reviews to keep you up to date with what is happening in the drama education world.

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