British council to launch arts fund for Vietnamese artists

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A US$42,000 fund to support Vietnamese artists and arts organizations was launched by the British Council of Vietnam this week.

Local artists, curators and producers are encouraged to submit proposals to the board.

It aims to enhance collaborative efforts between Vietnam and Britain, while promoting understanding between the two cultures.

According to Simon Beardow, deputy director of the British Council, Vietnam continues to have an incredibly diverse and talented set of artists. Much of its arts scene has developed in isolation but is now further benefiting from international influence.

"It's our aim to help nurture artistic talent to continue to open it up to both a wider audience and to wider influences," he said.

The six board members will include Nguyen Phuong Hoa, head of the European Bureau, International Relations Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, My Linh, a reporter at VTV3, musician Quoc Trung, arts curator Tran Luong, British film maker Paul Zetter and fund chairman Neil Webb, British Council director of Arts and Creative Industries for East Asia Region.

In October 2010, the British Council in collaboration with the Bui Gallery, organized an arts auction with work donated by the Ford Foundation and artists, including Nguyen Manh Hung, Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Pham Huy Thong and Jamie Maxtone-Graham.

For more information, please visit www.britishcouncil.org.vn.

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