Our work in arts

What we do

About Us

Our US arts office, based in New York City, connects British and American arts professionals by offering information, providing

resources and promoting opportunities for Americans to experience new British work. The British Council receives a small amount 

of its budget as a UK government grant, with the majority of our funding coming from partnerships. We are not a traditional granting 

organization that accepts unsolicited applications, but instead we encourage cooperation between British and American arts

professionals through strategic partnerships which we support and/or facilitate.


Our focus is on showcasing innovative British contemporary practices across 3 main areas:


• Programs and artistic works addressing social and global issues that engage wider public participation and discourse 

• Influential artists and writers who are under-profiled in the US

• Transatlantic UK/US dialogue between practitioners and audiences