2018 British Council Cultural Skills Programme

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The UK is recognised across the globe as a leader in skills, expertise and policy within the arts and creative industries. In collaboration with a list of selected leading arts and cultural organisations and institutions in the UK, the British Council has initiated a Cultural Skills programme which supports organisations and individuals to develop skills, build networks and create opportunities.

The British Council Cultural Skills initiatives span various creative disciplines including museums, performing arts, visual arts, film, cultural heritage and festivals. Activities will range from practice-based visits, workshops, seminars, master-classes and continued professional development. As part of the pilot scheme in Hong Kong, the British Council will begin the programme in November 2018 with a study visit to the UK for a museum sector delegation.


The UK study visit programme will provide an interactive environment for sharing practice, exploring common challenges and opportunities, and building strategic networks and connections through visits and meetings, from which future cultural relations and collaborations between the UK and Hong Kong will be strengthened. 

Participants will gain access to leading arts organisations, venues and a prominent conference in the UK, and meet industry peers to gain learning, experience and insight into the UK arts and cultural sector on both strategic and practical levels.

The provisional itinerary for the museum delegation visit (Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the provisional itinerary) is scheduled from 4 to 12 November 2018, involving exchange with leading institutions in London and also attendance at the annual Museums Association Conference, which will be held this year in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The visit will be led by a British Council member of staff from Hong Kong.

Programme Fee

The study visit programme fee for each participant is GBP7,000; including: 

  • International return travel between Hong Kong and the UK, including all airport transfers and internal travel;
  • Overnight accommodation in the UK;
  • All introductions, meetings, visits and other networking opportunities with UK arts institutions as tailored by the British Council;
  • A three day pass for the Museums Association Conference in Belfast.

Not included: Meals and refreshments (unless explicitly advertised otherwise)


  • Applicants should have spent at least 10 years working in the Hong Kong arts and cultural field, including proven experience in a senior position(s), and preferably with knowledge and experience in the museum sector or a closely related field;
  • Applicants should possess a recognised university degree preferably in arts or cultural studies, arts management or similar fields;
  • Applicants must have an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be received and assessed by the British Council. The key criteria for consideration in the assessment of suitability for this programme will be as follows: 

  • Applicant’s work experience and qualifications;
  • Applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the local museum sector;
  • Potential for the programme to benefit the applicant’s professional development.

Application Submission

Applicants are required to complete the application form online or download the PDF application form from the download link at the bottom of the page, which must include the contact details of one referee with in-depth knowledge of the applicant’s work performance. The application form should take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Submission Deadline 

All applications must be submitted on or before 18.00, Friday 14 September 2018; either via the online application form or by submitting a completed PDF application form via email to arts@britishcouncil.org.hk . The British Council will not be able to accord any extensions beyond this deadline. 

Please be assured that all submitted applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 21 September 2018.

If you have any queries, please contact Tim Wong, Programme Manager: Timothy.Wong@britishcouncil.org.hk