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. 

Home Economics at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The British Council presents the exhibition 'Home Economics' in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 28 May to 27 November 2016. The exhibition responds to the Biennale curator Alejandro Aravena’s theme of ‘Reporting from the Front’ by tackling the frontline of British architecture - the home.

About 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.

Cultural Protection Fund

In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council will be launching the Cultural Protection Fund on Monday 27 June 2016.

UK – India Digital Open Call

We have launched an open call for new ideas to reach large international audiences online. This will have an initial focus on the UK-India year of culture in 2017 and is open to anyone who thinks they can present great culture from the UK to digital audiences across India.

Arts podcast - Musicians in Residence: China Opens in a new tab or window.

British artists Kerry Andrew, Mira Calix and Bella Hardy took part in the 2015 Musicians in Residence programme in China, in partnership with the PRS for Music Foundation. Following their residencies, they joined Georgina Godwin for the first in our new series of Arts podcasts to reflect on their experiences in China.

Macbeth Act I Scene V - Shakespeare Lives short film Opens in a new tab or window.

Lady Macbeth, played by Vicky McClure (This is England), summons up her demons in this soliloquy from Act 1 Scene V in Macbeth. Directed by David Wilson (Colonel Blimp productions), this is the fourth film in our series of modern re-imaginings of Shakespeare and combines performance with Manga animation. 

Read the latest Arts Newsletter Opens in a new tab or window.

Keep up to date with our projects and the latest news from the UK arts sector. Read the latest newseltter now to find out about the latest Shakespeare Lives films, view the programme for this year's Alchemy festival at London's Southbank Centre and listen to the first episode from our brand new arts podcast series.

Fit For China report Opens in a new tab or window.

On 6 April 2016, we launched the 'Fit For China' report. Discover how ourselves, Culture 24 and Storythings have been supporting UK arts and heritage organisations better engage audiences with their digital content. 

Andو‬ programme Opens in a new tab or window.

Marking five years of conflict, take a look at our a series of new digital art works by displaced Syrian artists from our Andو‬ commissions series.

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind. 'Boots' at Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico, November 2015.

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

David Shrigley is a revered and wildly popular British artist. The British Council proudly presents a window into the world and work of David Shrigley, which you can enjoy wherever you are.