We celebrate the diversity and innovation of UK Visual Arts around the globe. 

We use our world-class Collection of British Art to enable conversations on climate change, identity, race, nationhood and LGBTQI+ rights. 

We create the space for organisations and individuals to form long-lasting and sustainable international partnerships and collaborations. 

We bring together emerging and diverse talent from across the world to exchange ideas and knowledge.  

For all opportunities, please visit the Arts Opportunities website. 



Our Visual Arts Programmes facilitate long-lasting connections between the UK and fast-growing international visual arts sectors through our biennials delegations and networks; use our world-class Collection to build curatorial skills and networks through mentoring, collaboration and exhibition making; and support infrastructure and safe spaces for debate through grants and co-created Collection exhibitions. 


British Council Collection  

Since 1938 the British Council has been collecting works of art and today has almost 9,000 paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, photography and multi-media artworks showcasing the best of UK-based contemporary visual artists.  We use our Collection to facilitate debate on global issues through our visual arts programme.   We loan the Collection internationally, and care for and research the Collection from our Collection workshop in London. 


Venice Pavilion

The British Council has owned and managed the British Pavilion in Venice since 1937, presenting the work of ground-breaking artists and pioneering architects year on year. In 2022, Sonia Boyce RA produced the incredible ‘Feeling Her Way’ exhibition, and won the Golden Lion prize. In 2024, Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah RA will represent Great Britain at the 60th International Art Exhibition.