UK sources

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  • LabforCulture

    LabforCulture provides the latest information on cultural cooperation in Europe. Features case studies of inspiring projects, a who's who of cultural cooperation organisations and networks, and information and advice on funding and sponsorship. There are links to the most popular online arts and culture newsletters, articles, events, bibliographies, library catalogues and information guides. Other sections on the site include Region in Focus, an in-depth look at particular geographic areas, and Research in Focus which covers the hot cultural issues facing Europe today. Users are encouraged to actively participate in the site by submitting their own views, news, opportunities, and by joining web blogs on cultural themes. The site is complemented by a whole range of offline activities including workshops, and conferences.

  • CulturE-ASEF

    The Design Council, funded through a grant from the UK government's Department of Trade and Industry, tries to make sure people in business, education and government know how effective design can transform what they do - and it gives those people the knowledge and tools they need to turn design from an inspiring idea into something they can use. Working with other influential organisations to help the UK make the most of its innovation and creativity by using design to add value, they also build links with the rest of the world, which improve the UK's global standing. Check their site for international design contacts and ideas about how to market your work overseas.

  • Passport to Export Success

    Passport to Export is an innovative government initiative, delivered by UK Trade and Investment, providing fast-track support to help small & medium companies open the doors to international trade and become successful exporters.

  • The Design Council

    Advice about VAT, regulations on importing and exporting of art/ design products.

  • UK Fashion Exports
    3 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR
    020 7636 5577

    UK Fashion Exports is an independent trade association supported by its members, offering practical help to British exporters and to overseas buyers, agents and press. Membership is open to UK based manufacturers and designers of clothing, knitwear, accessories and footwear. Members get export marketing services and information and buyers and agents get free sourcing of merchandise from the UK.

  • Re-Title
    BM Box 5163, London WC1N 3XX
    0870 922 0438

    Information resource for emerging contemporary artists, curators, writers and galleries providing both an artist's directory and an up to date visual guide to exhibitions around the world.

  • Crafts Council
    44a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY
    020 7278 7700

    The Crafts Council's National Register of Makers provides the most comprehensive listing of contemporary craftspeople in Britain. Registration is free and open to practitioners living and working in Great Britain designing and making their own work. Registration is used by members of the public to contact individual makers, as well as shops, galleries, designers and businesses.  The Crafts Council also manages a Development Award, business advice unit, reference library and Photostore, containing over 35,000 selected images of work for viewing by potential clients.  Development Award deadlines are 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 November and candidates must be about to, or have set up their first workshop within the last 3 years. 

  • Visiting Arts

    Visiting Arts' purpose is to strengthen intercultural understanding through the arts. 

  • Delfina Foundation
    020 7233 5344
    29 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY

    The Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-political arts organisation with charitable status. The Delfina Foundation facilitates artistic exchanges and dialogue between the UK and the Middle East & North Africa via a programme of artistic residencies and related public events.

  • British Council Visual Arts Department
    020 7389 3050
    Arts Group, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN

    The British Council used to provides grants designed to help promote British art by assisting professional British artists and craftspeople resident in the UK to exhibit overseas. These have now been suspended due to the funding cuts.

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