We’re delighted to announce two new opportunities for artists and activists from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

As part of our Cross Borders programme, we’re looking for fresh creative talent to join our mentoring scheme. We’ve also launched an open call for commissioned artistic and community activist projects.

To apply, you must be based in Scotland and come from a refugee or other migrant background. Priority will be given to people who have had little, or no, support like this before.

Both these opportunities are open to people who are interested in, or already practicing visual arts, curation, artistic production, film, music, performance, cooking, dance, literature, design, journalism, cultural heritage and community engagement.

Artists, activists and creative thinkers are often at the forefront of community life, development and social justice. When their work gives voice to ideas and freedom of expression, it can put them at especially high risk of censorship, harassment, imprisonment and persecution.

We support people who were already working as writers, activists or artists before coming to Scotland. We’re also working with people who weren’t able to pursue their artistic interests in their home country. Lots of the people we work with have fled places where cultural censorship made it impossible for them to express themselves creatively in open society.


The ten successful applicants will be matched with an established mentor. They will help you overcome challenges and identify creative goals. Over the course of a year, you will get six sessions with your mentor as well as ongoing support from the Cross Borders team. You will also receive a £1,000 grant to support your professional and creative development.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 29 May


Each year we commission a small number of artistic and community activist projects which are led by refugees and migrants based in Scotland. Submissions for commissioned projects from both individuals and groups are welcome. Successful applicants will receive funding of £5,500-£8,000 to help bring their creative project to life. The Cross Borders team will also support you with planning and production.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, 5 June

If you have any questions about the project, would like help with the application process, or need any additional language support, please contact Razan Madhoon: Razan.Madhoon@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk
Rachel Lamb
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