Street address: Units 4.01 and 4.02, Enterprise House, 1-2 Hatfields, London SE1 9PG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 44 (0) 20 7960 9630
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7960 9643
Contact: Yvette Vaughan Jones Director
Visiting Arts purpose is to strengthen intercultural understanding through the arts. Visiting Arts provides information and intelligence in order to strengthen intercultural dialogue; and creates opportunities to experience intercultural exploration through performances, exhibitions, and by initiating and promoting collaborations. Visiting Arts also expands the skills and knowledge of existing cultural players and develops new talent to ensure a wide, diverse and sustainable group of players. It is the creator of the Cultural Profiles project.
Its work links England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with countries overseas. Visiting Arts was formed in 1977 as a joint venture of the Arts Council of Great Britain, Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
the British Council
, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
. In April 2001 it became a registered charity independent of the British Council. Visiting Arts is currently funded by British Council
, Arts Council England
, the Scottish Arts Council
, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
, the Arts Council of Wales
, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Chairman of Visiting Arts is Gordon Conway.
A range of online practical information resources for those wanting to bring work into the UK from overseas:
Visiting Arts’ grant funding programmes
a guide to practical issues to consider when bringing artists and performers to the UK from overseas covering work permits, visas, tax and other practical issues.
Nail to Nail
practical guidelines to assist UK curators and exhibition organisers who are planning to exhibit international work or invite visual artists for residencies in the UK. The guide covers work permits, contracts, visas, tax, transportation and other practical issues.
Information sheets containing tips and hints:
for theatre groups wanting to approach UK producers and presenters
for visual artists wanting to approach UK galleries and curators
for musicians and groups seeking to approach music promoters and presenters in the UK
Online Resources about International Artists
An online resource where UK-based programmers and curators can exchange information about overseas artists that they are planning or considering to bring to the UK for projects involving presentation, collaboration or residencies. This resource is designed as a networking and information tool that will enable programmers and curators to present international arts more efficiently in the UK.
A unique online information resource of over 1,000 artists and performers from geographical regions such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe who have previously presented their work in Europe. Developed by the House of World Cultures
, Visiting Arts, the Danish Center for Culture and Development
and the Baltic Sea Culture Centre
with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union, the site also has a page of useful links to similar resources.
Events, Projects and Case Studies
Information about Visiting Arts’ activities and funded projects that have taken place or are upcoming in the United Kingdom.