A group of young people dancing energetically on stage
Oona Doherty, Hard to Be Soft. Photo by Luca Truffarelli

The British Council has been working in Europe, since 1937. Our arts programme across Europe aims to strengthen relationships during the UK’s exit from the EU and to enable vital long-term partnerships between arts organisations and professionals from all four parts of the UK, and the EU.

EU Arts strategy

Our EU Arts strategy aims to place the UK at the heart of Europe’s cultural conversation. Arts will continue to connect the UK to the rest of Europe and the British Council will support the UK arts sectors to work throughout Europe. Read our EU Arts Strategy here

Culture after Brexit

Hear from journalists, artists, arts professionals and policymakers in this series of articles curated by the British Council, about the future of the cultural relationship between the UK and the European Union after Britain exits the EU. Explore the series

Current work in Europe

Venice Biennale
The British Council has been responsible for the British Pavilion in Venice since 1937, showcasing the best of the UK’s artists, architects, designers and curators to an international audience. This year, Northern Irish artist Cathy Wilkes has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, with a major exhibition of new work.

Creative Europe Desk UK
Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, and provides free advice and support for applicants from the UK.

Fluxus Art Projects
Fluxus Art Projects is a Franco-British charity dedicated to supporting exhibitions by contemporary artists from both countries. It encourages new connections and exchanges between the two countries. The programme is managed and supported by the British Council, the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture, with additional donations from private patrons.

The Diaphonique fund supports classical and contemporary music collaborations between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, residencies and educational projects.

Europe Beyond Access
Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.

Current opportunities in Europe

Séminaire en Avignon – apply for a British Council supported place

The Séminaire en Avignon offers emerging young practitioners in theatre and dance a platform for an immersive and practical exchange with their peers. The British Council is supporting one place at the Séminaire in July 2019 for a British or UK-based artist. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 16 April 2019

Sónar+D – take part in the European delegation

Sónar+D is an international congress that explores how creativity is changing our present – and imagining new futures – in collaboration with researchers, innovators and business leaders. Our open call opens invites applications from entrepreneurs from the creative sector in Europe to be part of the British Council / Sónar+D delegation. Apply by Friday May 10 2019

Diaphonique – apply to the Diaphonique Fund

Diaphonique is a bilateral fund for classical contemporary music, supporting collaborative projects between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, tours, residencies and educative projects. Online applications for the Diaphonique Fund are open now until Wednesday 15th May 2019

Fluxus Art Projects -– apply to the 2019 open call

Fluxus Art Projects supports emerging visual artists and curators at a key moment in their international career, funding artist exhibitions and curatorial visits on both sides of the Channel. Through two open calls a year, Fluxus supports a selection of group or solo exhibitions and curatorial residencies. The next round of application opens soon and closes at the end of May 2019

The Worth Partnership Project – apply to the 2019 open call

The Worth Partnership Project encourages the development of innovative products in the design industries, through transnational collaborations between designers, traditional and digital artisans, manufacturers and technology partners. A call for projects that brings together professionals from at least two countries in the EU opens on Monday, 8 April 2019 and closes Thursday 31 October 2019