Selection Committee: Sir Philip Hendy, Philip James, Roland Penrose, Sir Herbert Read, Sir Hohn Rothenstein and Lilian Somerville.

Works by Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud were shown alongside Reg Butler's maquette studies for The Unknown Political Prisoner. An exhibition of recent artists' lithographs was also shown, these were later toured by the Smithson Institute to public galleries in New York State, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennesee, Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Virgina.  In 1958 the works travelled to venues in Canada.

The British Council published a catalogue. No ISBN.

Further reading
Britain at the Venice Biennale 1895-1996, edited by Sophie Bowness and Clive Phillpot, The British Council, London 1995. ISBN 0 86355 283 8