UK/NG 2015–2016 builds on the British Council’s links to creative entrepreneurs and artists in Nigeria and provides opportunity for new work and collaboration. The programme aims to connect more than 40 million young Nigerians (aged 18–35) to the UK by building new audiences for arts and culture.

Projects will be developed around the following themes: 

Young People and Innovation 

Digital platforms are creating opportunities for innovative approaches to the creation and distribution of the arts, particularly among young people. UK/NG 2015–2016 will build on this trend enabling artists to develop models that will reach new audiences and find new markets. We will focus on building digital, technical and entrepreneurial skills and promoting the creation of new work by young people in non-traditional arts spaces whilst facilitating creative enterprise. We are aiming to increase access to arts and culture from the UK and Nigeria, building mutual understanding and facilitating the growth of the creative industries in Nigeria. 

Public Space and Access to the Arts  

UK/NG 2015–2016 will promote community engagement with arts and culture, boosting awareness around programming work in public spaces. This will increase access to the arts, building new audiences by focusing on public art works and site specific performances and installations. We will use mobile, social media and other digital channels to promote inclusion across geographical and socio-economic boundaries. 


Collaboration between Nigerian and UK artists and arts organisations is at the heart of UK/NG 2015–2016, building relationships that will allow these partnerships to continue long after the programme is completed. We will provide opportunities for British artists and institutions to engage with the burgeoning Nigerian creative scene and for new Nigerian work in the UK.