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.
Trans-Siberian Lit: a travelling art residency
As a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 we gathered a party of Russian and British writers, artists, photographers and musicians to explore and perform in five Russian cities this autumn along the Trans-Siberian railway route. Discover more about the journey and who took part on our literature website.
Find out about our current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.
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.
Read the latest Arts Newsletter
Keep up to date with our projects and the latest news from the UK arts sector. Including our London arts tour, Yinka Shonibare's first major solo exhibition in Nigeria, our new film in collaboration with Boiler Room plus much more..!
new Art new Audiences 2017 projects
Cultural partners across East Africa and the UK applied in July 2016 for British Council East Africa Art's new Art new Audiences grant. Exciting project ideas came from artists and organisation from across Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and the UK, which you can explore on the East Africa Arts website.
UK - India 2017 online arts tour
In 2017, the UK and India will celebrate a major year of cultural exchange. Alongside partners we will present a programme of cultural events and activities in India throughout the year. In the lead-up, join us for an online arts tour of the UK, and discover inspiring and exciting art being made and enjoyed in different cities arcross the country.
International Literature Showcase
The International Literature Showcase is an online resource for literature professionals and everyone with a passion for literature. Discover exciting British writers and organisations, discuss industry best practice and debate the latest trends in a growing online space.
UK/ID Festival 2016
The UK/ID Festival is part of UK/Indonesia 2016-18, a 3 year programme to build new links between young creatives in Indonesia and the UK. The festival boasts a range of free arts events including Robbie Thomson's XFRMR (pictured above), Fashion Futures at Jakarta Fashion Week, Tim Spooner's Assembly of Animals and more.
Cultural Protection Fund
In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, we are pleased to announce that the next round of the £30 Cultural Protection Fund is now open for applications.
David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind
Lose Your Mind is a comprehensive exhibition that highlights the breadth of David Shrigley’s practice and his darkly witty imaginings. Key works include Ostrich, 2009, a new acquisition for the British Council Collection, in which a taxidermied bird loses its head and gains a droll menace.