The British Council organises exhibitions of its art collection all over the world. We work with the best of British artists and professionals to curate and tour UK art internationally and to offer educational programmes to our public.

Our collection, which began in 1938, consists of more than 8,500 works signed by over 1,650 artists, including Lucian Freud, Gilbert and George and Anish Kapoor. The artworks demonstrate the very best in contemporary British practice in all mediums, from painting and sculpture to printmaking, photography, installation and new media.

The British Council's art collection, Out of Britain - 100 years of British landscape art, was exhibited in Romania for the first time during 2013 - 2014 with the occasion of our 75th anniversary. Apart from the best contemporary British landscape art works, the exhibition provided a learning platform for the younger audience as well as museum experts and arts professors. 

OUT OF BRITAIN - 100 years of landscape art from the British Council collection

To mark the 75th anniversary of the British Council in Romania, we partnered with the National Museum of Art of Romania to showcase the best of British Council's art collection Out of Britain. The exhibition featured 57 works of British modern and contemporary art and took place between October 2013 - January 2014.

The exhibition consisted of paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations to give the Romanian public an insight into the British landscape: from the urban to the rural and the UK's encircling coastline, from industrial and post-industrial settings to ancient megalithic circles, as seen through an artistic, but also historical perspective.

There were works of art presenting different techniques and styles, varying from modernism with elements of cubism and surrealism to recent visions of the 21st century.

Sir Matthew Smith, Spencer Gore, Bill Brandt, David Nash, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Graham Sutherland, Raymond Moore, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hepher and George Shaw were just a few of the artists whose works were on display.

The exhibition was an excellent opportunity for the development of many educational programmes, for different target audiences who had the chance to learn more about painting and sculpture in particular. They catered for all tastes and for all ages, for children, teenagers and adults.

The museum's team of volunteers organised a series of four events designed around the Out of Britain exhibition and had guests sharing their experiences in the UK. The museum also welcomed the presence of expert David Rayson, artist and professor of painting at the Royal College of Art, who offered guided tours of the exhibition and a lecture on British landscape.

Museum experts and arts professors enjoyed a series of educational workshops held by UK experts Sarah Gillett and Rebecca Heald.

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