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 was 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

Fluxus Arts Project - applications are now open

Through two open calls a year, Fluxus Art Projects supports a selection of group or solo exhibitions and curatorial residencies, bringing the French and British scenes closer and supporting connections between artists, curators and arts institutions in the UK and France. 

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 27 November 2019.

Venice Fellowship Programme – apply to become a Fellow now

The Venice Fellowships is a unique opportunity for students and researchers to spend a month in Venice during one of the world’s most significant art and architecture biennales.

Deadline for applications is Friday 29 November 2019.