New Conversations

New Conversations

New Conversations is a programme funded and delivered by the British Council, Farnham Maltings, High Commission of Canada in the UK  and Canada Council for the Arts .

UK-Canada artistic partnerships working in theatre and dance are invited to apply for funding of up to £3,500 GBP / $6,000 CAD to explore how they can develop new creative ideas, exchange knowledge and practice without meeting in person.

Launching in 2018, New Conversations started as a two-year programme designed to encourage collaboration between Canadian and UK artists with an emphasis on physical exchange and artist mobility. The first two rounds invested in 22 partnerships, many of which have developed into ongoing projects, further exchanges and friendships.

Round 3 of the programme responds to a radically different context. In light of the current restrictions on international travel and the ongoing climate emergency, we want to learn how partnerships can develop and flourish remotely and are interested in seeing how artists and arts organizations respond creatively to this challenge.

The fund is open to UK and Canada based artists, collectives, independent companies and organizations. Cross-art form collaborations with a strong and relevant foundation in theatre and/or dance are also welcomed. Priority will be given to project proposals led by groups or people who identify as minority ethnic, D/deaf, disabled, and LGBTQIA+

How to apply

Before submitting an application please view the Application Guidance.

The guidance is available in BSL, ASL and LSQ via the video playlist below.

You can download the written guidance here in English and French: Guidance (EN) | Lignes directrices (FR)

One partner (UK or Canada) must complete an Application Form on behalf of the partnership.

To view the Application Form in BSL, ASL and LSQ please see the video playlist below.

You can download the written Application Form here: Application Form (EN) | Présentation de la demande (FR)

Once the Application Form is complete, please submit it to the New Conversations Application Portal no later than 27 November, 2020 at 23:59 GMT or 17:59 EST. All applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

We are committed to making the programme and application process as inclusive as possible. If you would like to discuss any requirements, please contact either:

Carrie Hage (Canada), British Council
Gavin Stride (UK), Farnham Maltings

Click on the right hand corner to see the full playlist of videos, in BSL, ASL and LSQ.

Previous rounds

Please download the press releases below for more information on rounds one and two of the New Conversation programme, and the successful partnerships.

Press Release Round 1

Press Release Round 2