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. 

graffiti of David Attenborough on side of building in Sheffield

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. We have partnered with leading cultural organisations and artists to bring you some of the best arts content that the UK has to offer online. The first two cities we are celebrating are Liverpool and Sheffield. 

Gateways Nigeria

In partnership with Boiler Room, we explore the contemporary music scene in Lagos and the connections between UK and Nigerian music culture in Gateways Nigeria. We are releasing a series of films and features from 4 August, featuring contributions and performances from Tony Allen, Giggs, Moses Boyd, Don Jazzy, and Mr Eazi, among others. 

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.

Transform Opens in a new tab or window.

British Council Brazil’s Transform programme has changed the cultural relationship between Brazil and the UK in the four years between the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 

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. Hot off the press our latest edition includes Guardian Cities' Lost City series, Forced Entertainment's #CompleteWorks: Tabletop Shakespeare, our latest Shakespeare Lives film plus much more!

Cultural Protection Fund

In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council has launched the initial round of grants for the Cultural Protection Fund.

Arts Opportunities Opens in a new tab or window.

Find out about our current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.

Hyperfrank and Jon Savage

DIY music culture: punk and grime Opens in a new tab or window.

2016 marks the 40 year anniversary of punk. The legacy of punk inspired a whole generation of bands, and its DIY ethos was central to its influence on music, style and politics. In our latest Arts podcast, writers Jon Savage and Laura Brosnan (AKA Hyperfrank) are in conversation to discuss DIY music culture, and compare and contrast the punk and grime scenes.

Graham Sheffield: Open Letter to the Arts Sector Opens in a new tab or window.

Our Director of Arts, Graham Sheffield CBE, addresses the arts sector following the results of the recent EU referendum.

Disabled Leaders in Dance Opens in a new tab or window.

How are disabled dance artists challenging the world of contemporary dance? Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director of London’s Dance Umbrella, talks to dancers, choreographers and artistic programmers from the UK and overseas in this film.

How We Live Now Opens in a new tab or window.

Taking inspiration from Home Economics, our British Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, we teamed up with Guardian Cities to create How We Live Now, a series of films presenting ‘five portraits of the revolution in urban living’.

Mix the Play Opens in a new tab or window.

Tudor mansion, East End warehouse, or The Old Vic stage? Titania in control, or Bottom? Mix the Play and create your scene.