British Council plans to double UK’s international arts activity

17 June 2016

Also this week: V&A to team up with Smithsonian Institute for new gallery, and new union for artists gains formal recognition

Subscribe to our newsletter

Photo credit: British Council Mexico. D*Face's mural 'Catrina' in Mexico City, part of the The All City Canvas project

British Council plans to double UK’s international arts activity

A new five-year global arts strategy and £30m Cultural Protection Fund will help strengthen the UK’s cultural connections with the rest of the world. Read more

V&A to team up with Smithsonian Institute for new gallery

The Smithsonian Institute is teaming up with the V&A to create a joint gallery as part of the redevelopment of the Olympic Park. It will be the first time the US institution, which runs 19 museums in the US, has had a permanent gallery in another country. Read more

New union for artists gains formal recognition

Artists’ Union England (AUE) has been formally certified as the first trade union representing visual, applied and socially engaged artists in England. Read more

ENO's artistic director links demise of arts education to US violence

English National Opera’s new artistic director, Daniel Kramer, has laid out further details for the company’s future under his leadership and has spoken passionately about the importance of access to the arts. Read more

Stratford Circus Arts Centre ‘beefs up’ drama programming in new season

Stratford Circus Arts Centre has unveiled a new drama strand in its latest season, which will see the east London venue “beef up” its theatre programme for adults. Read more

New permanent public art set to light up London’s bridges

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces ambitious public art project spanning 17 of London’s most celebrated bridges, from Albert Bridge in Chelsea to Tower Bridge in the City. Read more

Nurturing the next creative generation

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, writes on the new Artsmark blog of how "creative learning is not a soft option" and "subjects such as art and design, dance, drama and music should be part of every child’s education." Read more


Teachers' Evening at Half Moon Theatre

Join A New Direction, Half Moon Theatre and THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education) for a free Teachers' Evening to meet a variety of arts and heritage organisations, and attend a free performance at the theatre. Read more

Next Choreography Festival

The Next Choreography Festival takes over Siobhan Davies Studios featuring live performance, film, talks and participatory events by the Next Choreography participants and other artists. Read more

New Agendas: Out Of Hours And Off-Site Arts Events

Join Young People In The Arts and a panel of expert speakers at this event discussing the positive impact late nights and off-site pop-ups can have for arts organisations. Read more