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. 

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.

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.

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.

People putting up the Good Chance theatre tent

What is the role of theatre in the refugee crisis? Opens in a new tab or window.

We’re currently witnessing the largest international migration of people and the worst refugee crisis since World War II. We discuss whether the arts can play a role with Good Chance Calais’s Joe Murphy, and the directors of Queens of Syria in our latest Arts Podcast.

Dan Daw a disabled dance artist during a performance

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 we look at how disabled choreographers and artists are transforming the dance world, theatre's response to the refugee crisis, the latest version of our Mix the City platform and more. 

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.

Miranda's Letter Opens in a new tab or window.

The fifth film in our Shakespeare Lives series, Miranda’s Letter, is a tale about mother-daughter relationships, or more often the lack thereof in Shakespeare's work. Inspired by 'The Tempest' and filmed on the beautiful South Devon coast, the film stars Raffey Cassidy as Miranda, and Anne-Marie Duff as the mother.

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’.

Sheffield Arts Tour

In the lead-up to the UK – India 2017 season, we are bringing you content from some of the most interesting and exciting companies and artists working in the UK today. Our online digital tour of UK culture starts in the city of Sheffield in the north of England. 

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.

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.