The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. For most people, the work of the British Council Collection – what it does – remains obscure. This is not the case, however, for many British artists, from Henry Moore to Anya Gallaccio, who have benefited from the Council's support in helping bring their work to international recognition.


For over eight decades, the British Council has been collecting works of art, craft and design to share the achievements of the very best British artists around the world, making an important contribution to the UK's cultural relations with other countries.

11 artworks
Still Life with Figure
© the artist's estate. Image credit: British Council Collection

Still Life with Figure 1948

Rodrigo Moynihan (1910–1990)

Oil on canvas

H 100.3 x W 81.3 cm

British Council Collection

Composition 1934 & cast 1961

Henry Moore (1898–1986)

Bronze

H 46.3 x W 23.8 cm

British Council Collection

Head of JYM III
© the artist. Image credit: British Council Collection

Head of JYM III 1980

Frank Helmuth Auerbach (b.1931)

Oil on board

H 71.1 x W 61 cm

British Council Collection

What We Don't Know Won't Hurt Us? (Self Portrait)
© the artist. Image credit: British Council Collection

What We Don't Know Won't Hurt Us? (Self Portrait)

Delaine Le Bas (b.1965)

British Council Collection

Untitled (Torso)
© Rachel Whiteread, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London. Image credit: British Council Collection

Untitled (Torso) 1991

Rachel Whiteread (b.1963)

Cast dental plaster

H 21 x W 29 cm

British Council Collection

Sea Form (Porthmeor)
© Bowness. Image credit: Tate

Sea Form (Porthmeor) 1958

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975)

Bronze on wooden base

H 83 x W 113.5 x D 35.5 cm

Tate

Day
© Boyd & Evans. Image credit: British Council Collection

Day 1974

Boyd & Evans (b.1944 & b.1945)

Acrylic on canvas

H 183 x W 183 cm

British Council Collection

The Blue Posts
© the estate of Patrick Caulfield. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: British Council Collection

The Blue Posts 1989

Patrick Caulfield (1936–2005)

Acrylic on canvas

H 289.5 x W 205.7 cm

British Council Collection

Butterfly Kid (Boy) II
© Yinka Shonibare CBE. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Image credit: British Council Collection

Butterfly Kid (Boy) II 2015

Yinka Shonibare (b.1962)

Fibreglass mannequin, Dutch-wax-printed cotton textile, silk, metal, globe, leather & steel baseplate

H 134 x W 66 cm

British Council Collection

Galatas
© estate of John Craxton. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: British Council Collection

Galatas 1947

John Craxton (1922–2009)

Oil on canvas on hardboard

H 76 x W 101.5 cm

British Council Collection

Attitude
© the artists. Image credit: British Council Collection

Attitude 2016

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings

Powder-coated aluminium

H 226.5 x W 184 cm

British Council Collection