Residency programme for LGBTQIA+ UK artists

open call

Plural is a four-week digital residency programme for UK and UK-based LGBTQIA+ artists, supported by the British Council and hosted by four Brazilian partners: Despina, Instituto Mesa, Diversa Art and Culture and PretaHub. UK residents will develop new ideas, experiment with their practice and make new connections through engaging with the partners’ local cultural landscape.

Residencies are self-directed by the artist, with support and guidance from the host partner. Applicants are invited to propose a project idea to help structure their work and time. Through working with the host organisation, they will be encouraged to make new connections and explore a variety of ideas, both expected and unexpected. Residencies will have an active agenda of meetings, encounters, attending online cultural events, writing time and so on.

Residents are expected to present digital work (for example, online exhibition, performance, etc) during the residency and engage in activities such as workshops or talks. In addition, residents are asked to document their residency to share with public audiences.


  • Build relationships between artists, organisations and communities in Brazil
  • Offer extraordinary experiences which enable LGBTQIA+ artists to develop their artistic practice, experiment with new ideas and ways of working
  • Open up opportunities for LGBTQIA+ artists in international marketplaces
  • Enable cultural organisations to work differently and strengthen practices through hosting LGBTQIA + artists


Plural Artists in Residence is open to LGBTQIA+ UK artists. We will look to match individuals with host partners’ own interests as much as possible. Artists may be performers, visual artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, etc.

Residents will be selected through an application and interview process.

For more information and how to apply, please visit the  British Council Brazil website.