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Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of 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.

Alejandro Aravena: La Biennale Artistic Director 2016; Photo (c) Cristobal Palma

Call for Participation: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

We have launched an open call for exhibition proposals for the British Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, due to take place from 26 May to 27 November 2016. The British Council is seeking expressions of interest in the form of short concept proposals for the theme and visual language of the exhibition.

Tim Etchells: Artist of the City

Watch a film profiling Tim Etchells’ work in a year-long residency as the Lisbon Artist of the City in 2014, where he presented a number of works in collaboration with many of the city’s major arts organisations. The British artist, writer and theatre-maker is perhaps best known as the Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment, who are part of this year’s Edinburgh Showcase programme.

Edinburgh Showcase 2015

The Edinburgh Showcase is our biennial programme of performance, presenting work by some of the most exciting UK companies to visiting international programmers. This year's Showcase incorporates 30 companies and artists working in all areas of performance, from live art, devised and physical theatre to new writing, dance theatre and immersive performance.

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Beyond the British Pavilion, there are a host of British artists exhibiting at this year's Venice Biennale, including Steve McQueen, Jeremy Deller, Sonia Boyce, Chris Ofili and Helen Marten to name but a few. In this film, the writer and art historian Tim Marlow explores some of the highlights of the 56th Biennale, which runs until 22 November 2015.

Musicians in Residence - China

In partnership with the PRS for Music Foundation, five British artists were selected for the 2014 Musicians in China Residencies programme. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock each spent six weeks in cities across China, writing new material, exploring creative opportunities and collaborating with local artists.

Read the latest Arts Newsletter Opens in a new tab or window.

Keep up to date with our projects and the latest news from the UK arts sector. The latest edition includes a round-up of last week's Edinburgh Showcase, an ICA blog on women in the British film industry, composer Max Richter talking about his latest piece 'Sleep' with The Quietus, and an article on how orchestras are developing new audiences.

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