The SDG exhibition in the British Council foyer.
This striking timeline in the British Council foyer took visitors on a journey of global thinking on sustainable development, from the founding of the British Council in 1934 to the launch of the SDGs in 2016. Watch the video here.

Between 29 February and 8 April 2016, the British Council's London office was home to 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Facing up to the big global challenges’ exhibition. 

We set out to raise awareness and start a conversation about the SDGs and their importance to our work, that of our partners and to the UK more widely. 

The SDGs are very relevant to much of what we do at the British Council: teaching English, supporting opportunities for skills development and lifelong learning, promoting good governance, and using the arts as a space for social change.

Our exhibition provided an insight into a broad spectrum of our programmes, demonstrating the ways in which they are all promoting fair, sustainable and inclusive societies. 

“The exhibition demonstrates really well the kind of organisation that the British Council are and the relevance and importance of the work that they do around the world – and why they should keep doing it.”

Responses to the exhibition was hugely positive; many visitors to the space loved the striking colours and use of sustainable materials such as corrugated iron - which started conversations about the tradition held by many countries within Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to recycle, reuse and repurpose – an interesting lesson in sustainability for the UK and other countries.

There was an emphasis on the importance of global partnership to the achievement of the SDGs, which is a key tenet of the British Council’s cultural relations approach.

We hope that by focusing on building long-term partnerships, working in collaboration and widening the participation of diverse groups, our work can continue to bring about positive change.  

Placards in the SDG London exhibition space
Built from corrugated iron, this section of the exhibition focused in on how British Council and its partners are addressing the big global challenges. Read about our ongoing projects here. 
Post-its are pinned to a wall in our London SDG exhibition.
Our exhibition included a wall where visitors could add their own contributions for how they could contribute to the SDGs. Join the conversation on Twitter #sdgs.

Future exhibitions

Exhibitions on the ways in which the British Council and the UK are contributing to the delivery of the SDGs are in planning. Watch this space for more information. 

Take the opportunity for you to offer your thoughts on how they might be achieved. #sdgs