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

Program Components


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 Indigenous 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.

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