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

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

European Union research

We asked the arts and culture sector about how they might be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU. This report examines their feedback alongside other available evidence.

International activity research

In 2015, we asked Trends Business Research to help us discover the scale and impact of our National Portfolio Organisations’ international activity.

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In your area

Find out more about our investment in your area

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

Performers on stage during a performance of The Trojan Women by Ong Keng Sen.

From Busan to Brighton

We are co-investing £1.4 million in international collaboration and exchange with Arts Council Korea.

Ambition for Excellence

Four projects across the country will receive more than £2.3 million from our latest round of Ambition for Excellence

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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. Garden of Light, TILT. Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews. 5. No Credit Displaying 6. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts 7. Beastie, Lone Twin © Pekka Makinen 8. Oxford Christmas Lights Festival, December 2013. Photo courtesy of Oxford City Council. All rights reserved. 9. The Trojan Women by Ong Keng Sen, the National Changgeuk Company and the National Theatre of Korea. Photo © National Theatre of Korea. 10. Ablaze, Hide the Shark. Image © Toby Farrow. 11. Allan Bank, Grasmere, National Trust property, part of the Lakes Culture project. Photo © Jill Jennings 12. No Credit Displaying 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, 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