Creative Programmes Abroad: Artist Stories

The British Council has fostered a long and pioneering association with creative industries, from film and fashion to art and entrepreneurship. 

Through our creative programmes, we offer young people the chance to forge new and exciting collaborations and connections with a global network of creative partners. Being able to develop your ideas in new cultures and languages promotes a sense of shared artistic understanding and enhances creative opportunities for everyone.

Artists and young people who engage in a create programme often praise their ability to help widen their perspective and engage with new people. Below are some stories from people who have gone abroad with Study Work Create.

Artists International Development Fund

Ellen McDougall

Ellen spent time in Germany developing her skills and creativity in theatre.

Conor McFeely

"The Weathermen project in Lugano Switzerland provided me with a venue to realise one cycle of a project in architectural and cultural surroundings that I might normally not have shown work of this nature in as well as bringing a new audience to the work."


Mohammed Mamdouh

Mohammed talks about his experience with FameLab

Shorts Support Scheme

Scott Graham

"The British Council have been supportive of my work being screened at international film festivals - my short film Native Son was part of the Short Film Promotion Scheme and I received a number of travel grants to support my attendance at film festivals around the world."