In response to the current pandemic, we have established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting travel-related activities, despite the reopening of suspended components. There may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part. As a result, the contents of this page may not be up to date. Please consult our COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector web page for details.
Connecting Canadian artists to the world
Arts Abroad celebrates the creativity, innovation and excellence of Canadian artists by helping to bring Canadian works to the world.
This program supports artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations to enhance international exposure, undertake artistic exploration or exchanges with international colleagues, and nurture new and existing art markets in a global context.
The Canada Council for the Arts expects this program to achieve the following outcomes:
- A diversity of Canadian artistic creation is experienced abroad
- Canadian artists and arts professionals access opportunities and develop international markets
- Canadian artists and arts professionals have the capacity to engage in international activities
Project grants for artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations to travel abroad to network, collaborate and build the international profile of Canadian arts practice
Representation and Promotion
Project grants to support Canadian organizations that represent Canadian artists to travel to develop international markets and promote work abroad
Project grants for Canadian or foreign organizations to translate Canadian literary and dramatic works for publication or presentation abroad
Circulation and Touring
Project grants for Canadian artists, groups and organizations to circulate exhibitions and tour internationally
Project grants for artists, arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations to participate in residencies abroad
Project grants for Canadian artistic groups and arts organizations to be partners in international co-productions of new work or exhibitions
The Canada Council is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations. The Canada Council recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land and encourages applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs. Measures are in place in all programs to support these commitments.
Canada Council grants making a difference
Artists, groups and organizations engage in a breadth of activities – both intimate and large-scale – funded by the Canada Council. Discover some of their stories.