British Council’s West Africa Arts Programme #UKWestAfricaArts invites applications from Creative Hubs in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and United Kingdom to participate in a development programme for Creative Hubs from these countries. 

For this programme, we define creative hubs as any physical space that connects artists and / or creative entrepreneurs* to each other and to skills, and capacity that strengthens their artistic practice or creative enterprise.

*We define Creative Entrepreneurs as people running businesses in film, music, fashion, performing arts, visual arts, architecture, broadcasting, advertising, publishing, gaming or software.

About the Creative Hubs Programme 

The Creative Hubs Programme will support hubs to strengthen their sustainability through a programme of facilitator-led and peer-to-peer learning and networking for hub managers or founders involved in day-to-day leadership or management of the hubs.  

The programme will also support participating hubs to develop their business support, capacity building and advisory services to artists and creative entrepreneurs.

The expected outcome for the programme is a more vibrant network of stronger hubs across West Africa and the UK that stimulate increased capacity in creative ecosystems in the hubs’ locations. 

PROGRAMME PHASES

December 2017

Hub Managers’/ Founders’ Workshop

December 2017 to March 2018

Training of Trainers (Creative Enterprise and Digital Skills) that will support hubs’ training programmes

January 2018 to March 2019

Grant Support to participating hubs to deliver training, networking and artistic showcasing programmes, create exciting new digital arts content and / or take part in exchange activity with other participating hubs.

From January 2018 to March 2019

Ongoing training for hub managers and founders, and trainers in various artisticWest, technical, management and enterprise disciplines.

CRITERIA

To be selected to join the programme, hubs will:

  • Have founders or managers that are aged 18 – 35 OR have a demonstrable focus on supporting creative enterprises and / or artists that are aged 18 – 35.
  • Have been operational for at least 6 months
  • Have a physical space that brings artists and / or creative entrepreneurs together AND offers them at least two of training, networking, advisory or business support (like incubation or acceleration).
  • Be located in one of these cities in West Africa: Abuja, Accra, Calabar, Dakar, Enugu, Freetown, Kano, Kumasi, Lagos Port Harcourt OR any location in the UK.
  • Be available to attend a workshop in Abuja, Nigeria from 4 to 7 December 2017 (Hub Managers or Founders involved in Day to Day management only)

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

  • The workshop will be facilitated by Nesta based on the Nesta Creative Enterprise Toolkit and a Creative Hub Toolkit still in development.
  • Participation in the workshop is free.
  • There are bursaries available to support participants from outside Abuja with flights, accommodation and breakfast and lunch each day.

HOW TO APPLY

Please fill in the form by 30 October 2017. Selected Hubs will be notified by 6 November 2017.