Arts funding in India and England

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by Sheena Khanna on Monday, January 26, 2015

Performing Arts

Session type

Technical level


Attendees will gain an overview of arts subsidy in England and India, and discuss how both systems work for artists.


There has been established public arts funding in the UK since post-World War II, with the government subsidising a range of small arts projects and large institutions. In contrast, India has very little government support for culture, and only a small amount of funding available from trusts and foundations.

In this session, attendees will be given an introduction to how Arts Council England, the government’s development and funding body for culture, works, and an overview of the subsidised sector in the UK. Artists from India will describe their experiences of raising funds and running projects here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel about the practicalities of both systems, and to discuss the pros and cons of each.

Speaker bio

Sheena Khanna is an experienced arts administrator and Producer from London. Over the past 3 years she has been working for Arts Council England in roles in Theatre, Literature and International arts departments.

She will be joined by director and theatre maker Nayantara Kotian, and other Indian arts and culture professionals with experience of working in both UK and India.