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.

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.

SBTV presents Twelfth Night Opens in a new tab or window.

British Council and the GREAT campaign are proud to launch the first in a series of short films using Shakespeare's works as inspiration, showcasing the best of the UK's creative sector. Released on 5 January, SBTV's 'Twelfth Night' sees 5 UK artists; Maverick Sabre, Nego True, NoLay, Eyez and Mic Righteous, produce new lyrics drawing inspiration from Shakespeare's play of the same name.

In Search of Lost Time Opens in a new tab or window.

In Search of Lost Time is a new exhibition that explores the complex relationship between image, speed and time in the Gulf, questioning the chronological and territorial notion of the region and the paradigms of its underlying identity.

Shakespeare Lives: Play Your Part

As part of our year-long celebration of Shakespeare, we invite you to share your favourite Shakespeare moment on Twitter. You can share anything - a favourite line, a quote, or a specific production - and please remember to include the hashtag #PlayYourPart.

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. 

Guadalajara International Book Fair Opens in a new tab or window.

As the Guest of Honour, the UK is centre stage at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in Mexico. More than a book fair, FIL covers all strands of culture and sees Guadalajara taken over by cultural activities led by the Guest of Honour country.

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 we give the low down on Shakespeare Lives 'Play your Part', remember the life and career of David Bowie, look at a new affordable creative space opening in London, share a reimagined Twelfth Night with SBTV and more.

Shakespeare Lives Opens in a new tab or window.

Shakespeare Lives is a global programme of events and activities celebrating the world's most popular playwright's work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The programme will include a host of events, including innovative theatre and dance performances, film screenings, globally sourced art exhibitions, and educational resources for English language learners. 

Laura Bates on the fourth wave of Feminism (podcast) Opens in a new tab or window.

With the Guadalajara International Book Fair fast approaching, we're celebrating the exciting UK Literature programme through a series of podcasts featuring British writers who are joining us in Mexico later this month. In our third podcast listen to Georgina Godwin in conversation with Laura Bates.

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.