The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.
Our work in Arts seeks to create stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK. We do this by sharing UK arts work with the world; fostering collaboration; developing skills and livelihoods; building resilience and creative responses to crisis; and shaping policy.
“I am thrilled that the British Council is partnering with the Hull UK City of Culture programme. This three year collaboration will use our cultural relations expertise to increase impact for Hull and for the UK culture sector more widely. Together, we build a programme of international exchange to bring new perspectives on culture into the city, and to share the great potential of both the City of Culture programme and Hull with the world.”
Graham Sheffield CBE, Director Arts