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. 

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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.

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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.

Bedwyr Williams Artes Mundi 7 artwork

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Keep up to date with our projects and the latest news from the UK arts sector. In our latest issue watch our exclusive interviews with Artes Mundi 7 artists, catch up on the opening of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, watch our interview with The Yard's artistic director plus much more.

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For our third fiveFilms4freedom festival, we are looking for people using culture and the creative industries to promote freedom, equality and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights.

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Cultural partners across East Africa and the UK applied in July 2016 for British Council East Africa Art's new Art new Audiences grant. Exciting project ideas came from artists and organisation from across Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and the UK, which you can explore on the East Africa Arts website.

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As a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 we gathered a party of Russian and British writers, artists, photographers and musicians to explore and perform in five Russian cities this autumn along the Trans-Siberian railway route.

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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. 

Culture and Development

Creative responses to development challenges. Find out more about how our work contributes to the building of a safer, healthier and more prosperous world.

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.

Pavement work after electrical and sanitary installation, 2011

Cultural Protection Fund

In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, find out about the £30 million Cultural Protection Fund.