International Presence

As part of its Creative Economy Strategy, the Provincial Government is supporting activities that raise the global profile of B.C. artists. Funding of $250,000 per year for three years supports international presenters and curators from around the world to participate in key events in B.C, and provides international exposure to artists and arts organizations.

International Presence project grants are designed to increase the global understanding and appreciation of British Columbia’s arts, culture, creativity and innovation. Funding aims to develop relationships between B.C.’s arts and culture sector and its international counterparts under three main themes:  

  • Arts promotion, representation and exposure: projects that expose the participants to new markets and relationship-building opportunities, or improve promotional capacity.
  • Incoming presenters and curators: projects that bring international presenters and curators to the province to increase their exposure to B.C. artists.
  • Artistic and cultural exchange: projects that are based in reciprocal, long-term relationships and result in cultural and artistic exchange, or unique collaborative or strategic opportunities.

Projects receiving International Presence funding will have a positive, long-term impact on B.C.’s creative economy, fulfilling the Creative Economy Strategy’s goal to maximize opportunities to showcase B.C. artists internationally in support of trade and investment objectives.

Read the Jan. 16, 2017 News Release

List of 2016-17 recipients

List of 2015/16 pilot recipients.