International development

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Figurentheater Tübingen  'Wunderkammer' at Barbican Pit. Photo © Winfried Reinhardt

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. 

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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

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In your area

Find out more about our investment in your area

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

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East and South East arts go global

Talent from the East and South East of England is heading to international shores thanks to two of our internationally-focused programmes

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Ambition for Excellence

Four organisations across England will receive a total of £2.3m from our Ambition for Excellence programme in the latest round

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Grit and glamour in Blackpool

Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life

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International work

Two south west arts organisations are to receive funding to develop their successful international work.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Ockham's Razor: 'Tipping Point' at Platform Theatre. Photo © Nik Mackey 2. Seachange Arts: Oss and the Ox The 2015 Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts. Photo © Andrew Perkins Photography. 3. Grass Men, Bristol Biennial. Photo © Ashley Peevor. 4. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford. 5. Scarlett Brookes and Steven Elliott in Educating Rita at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Photo © Joel C Fildes / Oldham Coliseum Theatre 6. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts 7. Akademi - Ascension. Photo © Simon Richardson 8. Nikhil Chopra's 'Coal on Cotton' 9. Writers' Centre Norwich's visit to Kolkata in 2016. © Writers' Centre Norwich / Melanie Kidd 10. Martin Luther King Jr Painting by Artist Derek Russell, Freedom City 2017 11. Spark Drummers at Blackpool Illuminations. Photo © Claire Griffiths 12. Ishimwa, Niyizi, In Between Time. Image © John Pridmore 13. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 14. Artificial things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Chris Parkes 15. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 16. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 17. Jeremy Bailey's Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices 18. Knowledge is Beautiful (cc) Creative Commons - 19. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford