Arts has been central to the British Council’s cultural relations mission for over 80 years. We create new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger and more inclusive creative sectors around the world. We help artists break new ground, support creativity and innovation, increase capacity by building skills to support livelihoods and cultural enterprise, extend safe spaces for creative exchanges and contribute to research and policy.
Globally, our work in arts spans the following:
- Cultural Professionals Connect: Support organisations and artists to build networks, collaborate and develop markets.
- Artists and Audiences: Share the UK artist sector’s outputs with global audiences face-to-face and virtually.
- Spotlights on Culture: Work with the major UK and international cultural platforms including festivals, seasons of culture, biennales and major civic anniversaries.
- Enterprise Policy and Leadership: Develop the capacity of creative entrepreneurs and policymakers to support sustainable creative economies in their countries.
- Cultural Heritage: Protect heritage at risk and generate sustainable socio-economic prosperity.
- Our Shared Futures: Transform lives through the power of art to change attitudes and create opportunities in areas of inclusion and climate change.
Our work in Nepal responds to global challenges. We do this through a cultural relations approach to sustainable development that is founded on mutual collaborations and co-created outputs that enable communities, organisations and institutions to nurture and share in ways that contribute directly to social cohesion and inclusive economic sustainability contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our current portfolio delivers positive contributions to gender equality, disability inclusion, safeguarding cultural heritage and climate change engagement.