The UK-Italy Season is an exciting opportunity to strengthen and build new cultural connections between Italy and the UK. The season of culture is planned to take place in both countries. 

The season will focus on creativity, innovation and inclusion. The development of the season has begun by engaging artists, creative entrepreneurs, influencers and researchers to create an exciting programme for autumn 2020. This will include delegations, public events, industry workshops, performances and exhibitions, supported and elevated by a major digital campaign.

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Opportunity: Expression of interest in the UK-Italy 2020 season

We invite you to  register your interest, plans and aspirations to develop (new) cultural relations between Italy and the UK so that we can help/support these ambitions where possible.


UK-Italy Season 2020 Creative Director appointed

British Council has appointed Jean Cameron as Creative Director, UK-Italy Season 2020. Jean comes to the role with a wealth of experience. Most recently she was the National Coordinator (Scotland) for Processions 2018, one of the largest mass participation artworks ever, commemorating 100 Years of Votes for Women (commissioned by 14-18 NOW). She also led the bid for the Scottish town of Paisley to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Jean Cameron said:

“I am thrilled to take up this appointment at this pivotal moment when we are reimagining how we work with our partners across Europe.  I look forward to working with our brilliant and bold creative sector and partners across the UK to create a collective creative response to the opportunity of UK-Italy 2020 in a programme that stimulates meaningful and long-lasting dialogue.

I fell in love with Italy aged 12 when, growing up in a town with a vibrant Italo-Scozzesi community, I started studying the language at school. I’ve been lucky enough to work professionally in different areas of Italy, including at the Venice Biennale, which has given me insight into the distinct regional identities within Italy – something I believe it shares with the UK and that I look forward to making a feature of within the Season as we celebrate the confluence of cultures that defines the dynamic role of the UK creative industries today.”