Our global work in arts

Main photo credit: Mark Wallinger’s White Horse (2013) exhibited outside British Council Head Quarters, Spring Gardens, London. Image © Peter White

Our work in the arts aims to promote the UK’s diverse culture, creativity and innovation overseas.

We work across the art forms and with the best of British talent to develop artistic programmes and opportunities for collaboration in Nigeria.

Architecture, Design and Fashion

The Architecture, Design, Fashion team create links between designers and cultural institutions around the world, through a diverse range of projects across three disciplines. Find out more about how they work.

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 opportunities to get involved.


British Council Film links UK 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 here.

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. Explore and read about our Collection of around 8,500 works of British art.