A fund supporting British and Canadian theatremakers has been set up to nurture creative partnerships and productions between the two countries.
New Conversations will initially be a two-year pilot, and is open to artists and arts organisations working in the performing arts in the UK and Canada.
The programme aims to provide funding and opportunities to kick-start research and development projects, which in turn is hoped will lead to more concrete collaborations, such as full productions.
To be eligible for funding, projects must involve at least one partner in each country.
It is being run by the British Council, the High Commission of Canada in the UK, and Surrey arts organisation Farnham Maltings.
The fund will invest up to £120,000 over the two years and is open to artists and companies working in theatre and dance, with individual grants expected to be in the region of £5,000 to £7,000.
Farnham Maltings director Gavin Stride said: “We are excited to develop a partnership with like-minded organisations to do something that would be impossible on our own.
“It feels particularly pleasing to be creating opportunities for artists and companies to start new conversations without knowing where they might go and without a myriad of conditions. I am certain good will come of it.”
Applications for the first round are open until November 18.