Our work in arts
Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK.
Inside Heatherwick Studio: Ideas that challenge convention
The touring exhibition Inside Heatherwick Studio provides a rare insight into the London-based design studio’s work, including world-famous projects such as the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the New Bus for London and the Olympic Cauldron from the 2012 London Olympic Games. If you have not been able to visit the exhibition in person, please take a look at the online version.
The industry conference for the Arts, museums and libraries took place in Manchester and Bristol on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 of September. You can now watch all the sessions from the conference via the No Boundaries website.
Read the latest Arts Newsletter
Keep up to date with our projects and the latest news from the UK arts sector. The latest edition includes a short film about this year's Edinburgh Showcase, recommendations from our Film team for the London Film Festival, a feature on some of the artists who are exhibiting their work at the Art Licks Festival and much more.
Edinburgh Showcase 2015
The Edinburgh Showcase is our biennial programme of performance, presenting work by some of the most exciting UK companies to visiting international programmers. This year's Showcase incorporates 30 companies and artists working in all areas of performance, from live art, devised and physical theatre to new writing, dance theatre and immersive performance.
British art at the 56th Venice Biennale
Beyond the British Pavilion, there are a host of British artists exhibiting at this year's Venice Biennale, including Steve McQueen, Jeremy Deller, Sonia Boyce, Chris Ofili and Helen Marten to name but a few. In this film, the writer and art historian Tim Marlow explores some of the highlights of the 56th Biennale, which runs until 22 November 2015.
Musicians in Residence - China
In partnership with the PRS for Music Foundation, five British artists were selected for the 2014 Musicians in China Residencies programme. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock each spent six weeks in cities across China, writing new material, exploring creative opportunities and collaborating with local artists.
Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world.