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.

Mix the city Istanbul

Make your own mix of Istanbul using sights and sounds created by musicians that represent the diverse voices of the city. 

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. In the latest edition read about why an artist is giving gallery staff a month off work, our 'Fit For China' report, a roundup of Shakespeare Day Live and much more.

David Tennant  as  Richard II

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Catch up with the highlights of Shakespeare Day Live, an online celebration of William Shakespeare's life and works that took place on 23 April, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  

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British sculptor Phyllida Barlow has been selected to represent Britain at the 57th Venice International Art Biennale. She will present a major solo show in the British Pavilion, which will run from 13 May to 26 November 2017.

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The third in our series of films of contemporary takes on Shakespeare's works watch an adaptation of Act I Scene II from Julius Caesar. Directed by Pedro Martín-Calero, the film documents Brutus and his conspirators plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar starring Mark Stanley (known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Dickensian) and Tony Osoba.

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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.

Henry Moore Comes Home

A display of works by Henry Moore will be on show at the British Council's London headquarters from 1 December 2015. The display showcases a selection of etchings and lithographs from the British Council Collection that travelled as a touring exhibition, Henry Moore - The Printmaker, to countries across Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 2013-15. 

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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. 

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.

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.