UK/ BR Exchange Programme

About the Exchange Programme 

The Exchange Programme is designed to build up connections between museums, cultural institutions and creative universities in Brazil and the United Kingdom. It encourages collaboration through the exchange of knowledge and best practice for the development of the cultural sector by providing resources for institutions to foster the capacity of staff and increase cross-cultural understanding  resulting in partnerships.

The British Council is seeking applications interested in exchanging staff of Brazilian and UK institutions in either direction allowing candidates to have residencies with the partner institution or university for a minimum of two weeks and for no more than one month.

Selected proposals 

Brazilian Institution British Institution
Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) Central Saint Martins - UAL - University of the Arts London
Museu da Escravidão e da Liberdade - Rio de Janeiro  International Slavery Museum
Despina The Fruitmarket Gallery 
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)  Coventry University
Museu do Amanhã Science Museum
Museu da Vida / Casa de Oswaldo Cruz / Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester 
Memorial da Resistência de São Paulo National Museums Liverpool
Instituto Inhotim Tate Liverpool
Instituto Moreira Salles National Portrait Gallery 
Museu Câmara Cascudo  Whitechapel Gallery 
Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo  Horniman Museum and Gardens 
MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio LADA - Live Art Development Agency 


  • Enhance professional development to strengthen institutional capacity;
  • Disseminate good and innovative practice within and beyond the museums,  cultural institutions and creative universities;
  • Develop a broader knowledge about and understanding of each other cultures;Gain exposure to specific areas of institutional  work;
  • Provide skills and knowledge necessary to increase  the sustainability and growth of institutions;
  • Develop collaborative projects for future implementation.

Who can apply?

  • Museums, public art galleries, creative universities (i.e., with faculties in areas such as the arts and creative sector) and not for-profit cultural institutions.
  • Applications are made at an  institutional level and applicants can not apply as individuals.
  • Individuals  selected by their museums,  institutions or  creative universities  should be full-time permanent staff  with a minimum of  3 years experience in the sector;
  • This call does not cover artistic residencies. 

How to apply

Applications are closed. Please read the Terms of Reference which is downloadable at the bottom of this page. 


  • The application has to be submitted online by 25 June  2017, 12pm (midday) GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
  • Successful applications will be informed by 15 July 2017
  • Travel and placements should take place for a minimum of two weeks  and for no more than one  month from  August  2017  to mid of  March 2018.