International development

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There are huge benefits to be gained from cultural export and exchange.

International collaborations between artists improve the cultural offer available to us in England. They give audiences the chance to experience the finest artistic talent from across the world, while enriching the practice of artists and organisations here at home. Working internationally also gives our artists and cultural leaders the opportunity to develop new markets and audiences overseas. 

On 12 July, our Chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, gave a speech on the importance of global collaboration. We also launched a new report on international opportunities for UK arts and culture.

Read more here.

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How we’re helping

We have three key strands of work as part of our international development: exchange, partnership and growth

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Our partnerships

Find out more about some of the key partnerships we have to help us achieve our international aims

An image of Garden of Light by TILT at Lumiere Durham 2015.

European Union research

We asked the arts and culture sector how they might be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Cover of The World Stage: International Opportunities for UK Arts and Culture 2. Ockham's Razor: 'Tipping Point' at Platform Theatre. Photo © Nik Mackey 3. Seachange Arts: Oss and the Ox The 2015 Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts. Photo © Andrew Perkins Photography. 4. Grass Men, Bristol Biennial. Photo © Ashley Peevor. 5. Garden of Light, TILT. Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews. 6. No Credit Displaying 7. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 8. Artificial things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Chris Parkes 9. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 10. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 11. Jeremy Bailey, Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices. 12. Knowledge is Beautiful (cc) Creative Commons - 13. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford