This education resource pack is part of the British Council’s Schools Online Education Programme. It presents six key works by five artists from the British Council Collection that can be used as a starting point for students to engage with issues around the themes of identity and of belonging. Each of the artists records different aspects of life in Britain in their own distinctive style.

Both Industrial City, 1948 and City Scene, St.John’s Parade, 1929 by L. S. Lowry depict the hustle and bustle in the industrial landscape of Manchester and Salford, whereas the abstract sculpture of Sea Form- Porthmeor, 1958 by Barbara Hepworth captures the wind and sea eroded rocks and stones found on the Cornish coast.  In Number 22, 1972 David Hepher shows, in almost photographic realism, the quirkiness of a suburban London house.  A more recently acquired work:  Untitled (Self-Portrait with Mobile Phone, 2013 by Morag Keil, shows a young woman, stopped in the street, to consult her mobile phone. White Horse, 2013 by Mark Wallinger was commissioned by the British Council to be shown outside its headquarters in London (now on display in Delhi). It comes from a series of works undertaken by the artist exploring social class and horse racing, the sport of kings. The Activities, supported by notes for teachers, are shaped around each artwork and aimed to help students develop their knowledge of English, respond creatively to issues about themselves and society, and consider local and global changes.

The British Council’s Creative Education programme uses the UK’s extensive experience to leave a long-term legacy through tailored sessions for students and teachers. The programme promotes creativity through the collaboration of visual arts and English and aims to build pupils’ communication, critical and analytical skills. For more information about the Programme and additional free Resources developed by the British Council:

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