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Documenting Scotland

/Photography/Visual Art

Find out how Historic Environment Scotland uses photography to actively record and interpret the nation's past

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Turner and Scotland

/Visual Art

Discover the National Gallery of Scotland's J.M.W. Turner collection

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What should a museum of art and design collect?

/Design/Fashion/Visual Art

Discover how the V&A is collecting objects in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing.

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Inside the Barbican's Rain Room

/Architecture/Dance/Visual Art

In 2012, Random International debuted Rain Room in The Curve in the Barbican. For a special performance, choreographer Wayne McGregor and Random Dance defied the rain.

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National Theatre Wales |The nation of Wales is our stage

/Digital Art/Music/Theatre

From forests to beaches, from aircraft hangars to post-industrial towns, village halls to nightclubs...

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Backstage at The Royal Shakespeare Company: Explore the King and Country Cycle

/Events/Theatre

The RSC's King and Country company take us through the process of bringing the stories and characters to life on stage

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Fit for China Digital Showcase 2016

/Design/Digital Art/Fashion/Theatre/Visual Art

At the British Council, we want to take more great arts and culture content from the UK to online audiences around the world. We call this programme Digital Showcasing. Since last year, we have been working with Culture 24, Storythings and 10 UK arts organisations to create a programme of content especially selected for Chinese audiences on our UK Now platform.

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What is Digital Art?

/Digital Art

In the wake of the growing debate and critical examination of digital art, the British Council commissioned a short film to ask: What is Digital Art? And why should we pay attention to it?

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Inside Heatherwick Studio

/Design/Events

Major new touring exhibition Inside Heatherwick Studio provides a rare insight into the London-based design studio’s work.

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Forest Fringe Microfestival of Performance

/Events/Music/Theatre/Visual Art

29 June - 12 July 2015 Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai Launched at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007, Forest Fringe builds bridges between audiences and performers to enable exciting, improbable and spectacular’ things to happen. A collective-based approach to arts includes activities including world dance, independent art exhibitions, grassroots creative projects and more. 2015 UK-China Year...

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Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today

/Visual Art

Touring photography exhibition Work, Rest and Play comes to China, presenting over fifty years of British photography through the lens of documentary practices.

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I SCREAM DADDIO:
Sarah Lucas at the Venice Biennale

/Visual Art

Artist Sarah Lucas is representing Britain at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale 2015 with her major solo exhibition I SCREAM DADDIO in the British Pavilion (9 May - 22 November).

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Martin Parr's The Chinese Photobook

/Visual Art

What purpose do coffee table photobooks serve? Martin Parr's critically acclaimed exhibition gives a unique insight into China's largely unexplored history of photobook publishing. Featuring books published by colonial powers from the early twentieth century through to the Cultural Revolution and contemporary Chinese photography, the exhibition guarantees a new perspective on China and the country’s cultural history.

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BFI Flare: fiveFilms4freedom

/Film

FiveFilms4freedom is the world’s first digital, global, LGBT film festival, presented by the British Film Institute. From 19 – 29 March 2015, audiences around the world can watch five films by lesbian, gay and transgender filmmakers online for free.

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BAFTA Guru
In Focus: Acting

/Film

Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Colin Farrell, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Dancy offer their advice for aspiring actors, as part of the BAFTA Guru series.

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Big Questions with Helena Bonham Carter

/Film

From her experiences portraying characters as varied as the Queen Mother to Elizabeth Taylor and Bellatrix Lestrange, Helena Bonham Carter advocates how acting is ‘fascinating, fun and definitely a privilege’ and advises not to ‘waste too much of today on yesterday’.

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Big Questions with Martin Freeman

/Film

The star of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Sherlock explains how acting became the homework he wanted to do, and why you should always love what you're doing.

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Big Questions with Tom Hiddleston

/Film

Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Deep Blue Sea) discusses writing plays as a child, the moment he realised he could be an actor, and why he will always love Disney's The Jungle Book.

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Sajid Javid MP on UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange

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Tony Cragg

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Phillip King

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Big Questions with Tom Hooper

/Film

The director of Les Miserables and The King's Speech answers BAFTA’s quick fire questions about his craft.

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Marc Quinn

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Rachel Whiteread

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Sean Henry

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Jarman Award Screening Tour in China

/Film/Visual Art
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Big Questions with Sam Taylor-Wood

/Film

Listen to Sam Taylor-Wood, artist, photographer and film director, talk about her career and what inspires her.

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Lynn Chadwick

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Anthony Caro

/Visual Art
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Eduardo Paolozzi

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Big Questions with Eddie Redmayne

/Film

Watch this film featuring a quick-fire interview with Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, star of 'My Week With Marilyn' and 'The Theory of Everything'.

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Speed of Light is coming to China

/Visual Art
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Michael Craig-Martin: Now!

/Events/Visual Art
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Dance and disability in the UK

Stine Nilsen (Candoco), Emma Gladstone (Dance Umbrella), Caroline Bowditch and Claire Cunningham explore the excellent work of British disabled-led dance companies, including world-renowned CandoCo Dance Company.

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Unlimited: Work by deaf and disabled artists

Watch a film about Unlimited, a ground-breaking three-year initiative showcasing work by deaf and disabled artists from all over the world.

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