Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997

Series description

Series title: Finance Department: International Initiatives Fund Files, 1987-1994
Reference: ACGB/4
Extent: 3m 50cm


The International Initiatives Fund was set up in 1988 with a sum of 250,000. The primary purpose of the fund was to offer financial support to one-off international arts events in Britain judged to be of exceptional artistic significance. The first event to receive such an award was Peter Brook's production of 'The Mahabharata' in Glasgow.

Applications to the fund were the subject of consultation with Visiting Arts, the Scottish and Welsh Arts Councils and the Regional Arts Associations. Initially administered by the Secretariat, responsibility for the fund was transferred to the Combined Arts Unit in 1991.

Scope and content

The files contain applications, supporting documentation and correspondence including, in the case of successful applications, offer letters, and in the case of rejected applications, reasons for rejection and rejection letters.

The files have been divided into successful and rejected applications and arranged chronologically. No detailed list of the series is yet available.


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Restrictions on access

Because this series is uncatalogued, access is restricted under section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information, please write by e-mail to or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.