Mark Wallinger - White Horse
Mark Wallinger’s White Horse (2013) exhibited outside British Council Head Quarters, Spring Gardens, London. ©

Peter White

Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s purpose to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and the wider world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK.  
Globally, we work across a range of art forms and disciplines to develop artistic programmes and opportunities for collaboration.

Architecture, Design and Fashion

The Architecture, Design and Fashion team creates links between designers and cultural institutions around the world through a diverse range of projects across three disciplines.

Creative Economy

Find out more about the British Council’s work in Creative Economy to support our network of creative entrepreneurs, cultural leaders and policy makers and for opportunities to get involved.


British Council Film links the UK's films and filmmakers to new international audiences, profiling the innovation, diversity and excellence of British films around the world and finding opportunities for creative exchange. 


The British Council Literature site includes information about what we do, the projects that we work on, news from the UK Literature and publishing communities, a worldwide Festivals Directory and resources to work with contemporary British Literature in the classroom.


From electronica to jazz, traditional to folk, and classical to indie, we work across all genres of music. The Music team also has its own weekly radio show, The Selector, featuring the best new music from the UK. Find out more about British Council Music.

Theatre and Dance

We promote the best of the UK’s performing arts sector through a range of activities and events including tours of new productions, workshops and residencies, seminars and conferences, showcases and UK study visits for overseas practitioners. Find out more about Theatre and Dance.

Visual Arts

We promote British visual arts through a range of activities and events including touring exhibitions, workshops, seminars and conferences. Find out more about our Visual Arts work and explore our Collection of around 8,500 works of British art.