Because we live in a world full of borders (both physical, invented, internalised or otherwise), there is a real cost to living, working and creating in the UK - especially for those who have immigrated to the country from somewhere else.
Whilst I continue opposing the hostile environment and fight for an equitable cultural sector for all in my practices, I wanted to do something tangible to ease this burden for migrant artists like myself. This humble fund/lottery is my response to the crippling cost of visas, applications, passports and other procedures people have to go through to secure their stay in the country. It is not much and it is not perfect but I hope it goes a little way towards making it a bit easier to live where you want to be and do what you do best.
I really hope others will join me in donating to the pot.
To read more about the hostile environment, its impact on the cultural sector or the lives of migrant artists and what you can do in solidarity visit: http://migrantsinculture.com/ and
What is it?
The Becoming British Lottery recognises the financial burden of migrant artists to make work in the UK. The lottery is specifically to cover the costs of visas/citizenship paperwork for working in the UK.
It is a random draw of multiples of £200 every 3 months.
It is non taxable as it is a random prize, not a competition and is not ‘talent based’.
It has now closed for 2022 and will be relaunched in 2023. Sign up to the mailing list to be amongst the first to know when it relaunches.
To be eligible you must:
Work or have worked in the arts industry (the widest definition is applicable here as we are aware individuals define their practice in a number of ways)
Have costs relating to a Visa / Citizenship application within the UK
Please note the payment will be made in GBP and so you will need to be able to receive funds this way.
If you cannot receive funds in GBP due to your status we are able to pay the £200 directly towards a cost related to citizenship/settlement (e.g. Lawyer) You will need to inform us of this on receipt of winning, not before.
How to apply
Submit your information via an online form Please only do so once - multiple submissions will be disqualified.
You will be notified by email whether you have been successful or not within 1 week of the draw deadline.
Selection of winners
Applications shall be checked for eligibility ahead of the draw. The draw shall use random selection software https://www.random.org/lists/ to name the winner of the lottery. Your application shall be numbered and it is this number that shall be entered so no personal data will be shared with the third party.
Please note this application is purely for visa/citizenship/costs associated with being a migrant & working in the UK, not any costs towards artwork or making. These costs must be personal to you.
If you are successful you are ineligible to apply for the next 3 draws. If you are unsuccessful you can apply to the next draw as it is purely random, and as long as your eligibility has not changed.
How to support
We are looking for a series of benefactors to support this lottery. If you are interested in sponsoring a lottery slot by name please email firstname.lastname@example.org , If you would like to donate on a one off basis to the scheme please do so here (£10 or multiples of), here (£15 or multiples of) or here (£25 or multiples of). If you'd like to support on an ongoing basis please contact me here
2023 announcement date TBC
Previous draw dates
18 November 2021 lottery opens
23 Jan 2022 5pm Draw 1 closes
24 Jan 2022 Draw 1 conducted
31 Jan 2022 Draw 1 payments made
01 Feb lottery reopens
24 April 5pm Draw 2 closes
25 April Draw 2 conducted
03 May Draw 2 payments made
04 May Draw 3 opens
24 July 5pm Draw 3 closes
26 July Draw 3 conducted
02 Aug Draw 3 payments made
03 Aug Draw 4 opens
24 Oct 5pm Draw 4 closes
25 Oct Draw 4 Conducted
31 Oct Draw 4 payments made