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.
Phyllida Barlow: British Pavilion artist at Venice Biennale
For the past 80 years, the British Council has looked after the exhibitions at the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. This year, artist Phyllida Barlow will present a major solo exhibition of new work in the British Pavilion, from 13 May until 26 November. Best known for her colossal sculptural projects, Phyllida Barlow uses inexpensive materials such as plywood, cardboard, plaster, cement, fabric and paint to create striking sculptures and bold installations, watch our film to discover more.
Find out about our current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.
UK India Year of Culture
A celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which will see cultural events taking place in both countries throughout 2017. Highlights of the programme include an interactive digital project with Aardman Animations, a tour of Studio Wayne McGregor’s production ‘FAR’, and a screening of the silent film ‘Shiraz’ with the Taj Mahal as a backdrop.
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. In our latest edition we include our Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2017 podcasts with writers Misha Glenny, Philippe Sands and Hisham Matar, Disability Arts International's film with Jess Thom on accessibility in theatre and our brand new UK in Venice website.
An interactive documentary of a journey made by six British and Russian artists on the Trans-Siberian Railway in late 2016. Seen through the eyes of the writers and artists who travelled over 4,000 kilometers from Moscow to eastern Siberia, The Storytellers оffers a glimpse of lesser-known Russian landscapes and their inhabitants.
Running from February 2017 to March 2018, the season will bring the latest arts and culture from the UK to different parts of Korea. Launching with a concert from the London Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, the programme showcases a wide range of British art forms across dance, theatre, film, visual arts, literature and music in multiple Korean cities.
Artes Mundi 7: exclusive interviews with the artists
Artes Mundi is hosting its seventh major international exhibition. More than 700 nominations were received for Artes Mundi 7 and the six shortlisted artists are exhibiting at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter Gallery between 21 October – 26 February 2017. Each artist brings their own unique perspective to the exhibition, exploring what it means to be human in contemporary society.
London online arts tour
In the run-up to UK/India 2017 we're celebrating arts from around the UK. So far we've visited Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Sheffield, with our latest arts tour focussing on London. From The Yard to BFI's London Film Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum to the Turner Prize, explore the arts and culture scene of England's capital city.
Cultural Protection Fund
In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council has launched a £30 million fund to protect cultural heritage overseas at risk due to conflict. Find out more.