Sarah Lucas Announcement

The British Council is delighted to announce that Sarah Lucas has been selected to represent Britain at the 56th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

1920 Venice Poster


This stunning poster advertised the 12th International Art Exhibition to the visiting public...

Since 1938 the British Council has managed the British Pavilion in Venice, commissioning British artists at the longest-running, most prestigious international art biennial in the world.

On this site you can explore the rich history of the British Pavilion from 1895 to the present, illustrated by a variety of current and newly comissioned media. You will also find further details of the Venice Architecture Biennale and our ongoing collaborations with exhibitions from other UK nations.

UK In Venice

UK At The Venice Biennale

UK At The Venice Biennale

We support a range of artists from the UK showing in collateral events at the Venice Biennale. Read more about exhibitions from our partners in Wales and Scotland....

On Tour

English Magic

English Magic

Jeremy Deller's hugely popular exhibition from 2013 visits London, Bristol and Margate on a tour supported by the ArtFund and Arts Council England.

British Council Visual Arts

What We Do

What We Do

Our Visual Arts Department promotes British artists through a range of activities and events including touring exhibitions, workshops and study programmes both in the UK and abroad. Read more about our work and our Collection of contemporary art on our Visual Arts pages....


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