Climate change and COP26 – Open call for creative commissions

The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.

Apply by 13 December 2020 for a grant of up to £50k. Collaborate with international partners and realise your creative idea

British Council is inviting collaborative applications from individuals and organisations in the UK with partners from eligible countries and states overseas.

You can apply for up to £50,000 to realise your creative idea and the organisation is looking to support up to 20 projects. British Council wants these commissions to stimulate truly global conversations, bringing people from different countries, cultures and communities together to understand each other’s perspectives and to work together on creative responses and solutions to climate change.

Eligibility for applications

Find out more and join an information session

Please read full details about the call and who can apply in the Briefing document (Microsoft Word 62KB).

There is also a short film  which provides an introduction to the Briefing document in British Sign Language. British Council will add an easy read version of the Briefing document to this web page shortly.

You can now register to join one of three online information surgeries via the links below. Each session will talk you through the brief and answer any questions. Please inform us of any access needs at least one week prior to your event, so we have time to put appropriate measures in place. All sessions will be run in English.

Apply by 13 December 2020

Once you have read the Briefing document, please fill out the following two forms and email them to by Sunday 13 December 2020, at 22.00 hours (GMT):

The British Council looks forward to receiving your application. For any questions, please email


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