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. 

© British Council - Inside Heatherwick Studio exhibition; photo credit: Fabian Ong.

Inside Heatherwick Studio

Our touring exhibition Inside Heatherwick Studio provides a rare insight into the London-based design studio’s work, including world-famous projects such as the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the New Bus for London and the Olympic Cauldron from the 2012 London Olympic Games. The exhibition is currently at D-museum in Seoul until 23 October. If you have not been able to visit the exhibition in person, please take a look at the online version.

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

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.

Robbie Thompson's XFRMR

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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.

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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. 

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Keep up to date with our projects and the latest news from the UK arts sector. In our latest newsletter we feature a new artwork memorial for Alan Turing, a live-streamed day in the life of Britain's national dance company with Rambert Live, the longlist for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards plus much more. 

Remains of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afganistan

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. 'Boots' at Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico, November 2015.

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.

graffiti of David Attenborough on side of building in Sheffield

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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.