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.

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.

UK-Italy 2020 Season
The UK-Italy Season is an opportunity to strengthen and build new cultural connections between Italy and the UK. It will run from September to December 2020 and focus on creativity, innovation and inclusion. 

Breathless / Senzo Repiro exhibition - Venice
This major exhibition at Cà Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art shows works by artists of the young London generation. 

Barbara Hepworth exhibition - Paris
In collaboration with Tate, Musée Rodin presents a major retrospective of Barbara Hepworth's work for the first time to French audiences. 

Wales Europe Mobility Fund 
22 grants have been made to artists and arts organisations in Wales to support their development in Europe and collaborations with European partners.

Current Opportunities in Europe

Open Call for UK Practitioners: Crafting Futures Romania

We're seeking six UK craft practitioners to participate in the international partnership project Crafting Futures Romania, a British Council programme designed to support the future of craft around the globe through research and education. Participants will visit Romania in May 2020 in a Crafting Futures field trip to connect with local craft and sustainable design practitioners with the aim of developing joint UK-Romania projects.   

  • Grant: £1000 grant for travel and meals (accomodation and local transport covered by the British Council). Following the field trip, joint Crafting Futures projects proposed by UK and Romanian partners, if selected will receive a £10,000 grant for implementation in Romania between September 2020 - October 2021. 
  • Deadline: 8 March 2020
  • Open to: UK based craft mediators, designers, gallerists, curators or other craft practitioners with a minimum 3 years of professional experience in the field of craft practice or research. Applicants must be legally entitled to travel within the United Kingdom and to Romania for the full period of the programme (May 2020 to October 2020)