The UK/Italy Season is an exciting opportunity to strengthen and build new cultural connections between Italy and the UK in the autumn of 2020.  A season of culture is planned in both countries. As the UK leaves the EU, cultural relations will play an increasingly important role.

The development of the season starts now with by engaging with artists, creative entrepreneurs, influencers and researchers to create an exciting programme for autumn of 2020. This will include delegations, public events, industry workshops, exhibitions and competitions, supported and extended by a major digital campaign.

We are exploring various thematic strands with UK and Italian partners, to be confirmed with our incoming Consultant Creative Director and the Programme Board. The proposed theme is New Renaissance (curiosity, renewal, journeys etc), and how the arts and sciences enable social cohesion leading to greater cultural diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. 

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UK/Italy Season 2020 Creative Director appointed

British Council has appointed Jean Cameron as Creative Director, UK/Italy Season 2020. Starting in February 2019, Jean will be working with British Council teams in UK and Italy, as well as directly with the UK cultural sector. The consultancy role will be to create a high-impact, cost-effective season of UK cultural activity in Italy in autumn 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 (commission by 14-18 NOW), and 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 make a feature of within the Season as we celebrate the confluence of cultures that defines the dynamic role of the UK creative industries today.”


OPPORTUNITY - Expression of interest in the UK/Italy 2020 season

UK-IT 2020 will be an exciting bilateral season of culture taking place in autumn 2020 in the UK and in Italy. It builds on a global series of seasons to promote international exchange between artists, creative professionals, inventors, researchers and influencers.

With this aim the British Council is organising a series of cultural delegations to Italy. The first, in April 2019, will focus on the museums and galleries  sector (the application deadline for which is now closed). Two more delegations will follow during the year to capture the interest from other sectors, details of which will be announced in due course. 

Register your interest for the UK/Italy 2020 Season for more information about interesting opportunities, including the upcoming cultural delegations.