Ballarat International Foto Biennale extended until January 2022;

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, The Box Plymouth ON NOW;


The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season is a vibrant programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.

Designed to strengthen and build cultural connections, the Season theme is “Who Are We Now?” and will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together. The Season launches in both countries in September 2021.

About Us

Programme Features

Linda McCartney: Retrospective

Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St, North 
Ballarat Central

The 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents an exclusive look back at the career of the world-famous photographer Linda McCartney (1941-1998).

Playable City Melbourne

Melbourne CBD

Melbourne becomes a playable city connecting music, games and fashion with public space. Inspired by the Watershed method, the program includes playful parklets, musical plants, nomadic urban play agents, pop-up street games and a three-hour augmented reality journey. Let’s play in public space again!

Land and Language: ‘We, Us, Them’ Exhibition

Belfast Exposed Photography, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF / Centre of Contemporary Photography, 404 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Driven by the question of ‘what does it mean to represent a community,’ We, Us, Them acts as a platform through which six female artists explore personal reflections on communal history, identity and place.

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Online Panel Discussion 'New Narratives, New Voices' / Online Panel Discussion 'Representation, Voice and Agency]

The Stories We Tell Ourselves is a series of online conversations on equity, social justice and the stories we get to hear.

Conviction Politics: The Convict Routes of Australian Democracy (Melbourne)

Monash University Online

Conviction Politics explores the story of radicals and rebels transported as political convicts to Australia. This international digital history project is a collaboration between Monash University Melbourne and Manchester’s People Museum.

Art et al. X 2021-22

Arts Project Australia Gallery, Collingswood Yards, 35 Johnston St, VIC 3066, Australia / Cromwell Place, 4 Cromwell Pl, South Kensington, London SW7 2JE

Art et al. X 2021–22 is a series of innovative curatorial projects and inclusive programming featuring neurodivergent, intellectually and learning disabled artists internationally

Woman stands on traditional wooden bridge above a muddy river


Barbican, The Pit

Stunning 360° VR set in the Brazilian Amazon, told by the Yawanawá people.

UK/AU Digital Season

Sydney Opera House Presents new digital performance works from the UK on Stream.

woman of colour splashes in swimming pool

Angelica Mesiti ‘In the Round’

Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Old College, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL, U.K.

Talbot Rice Gallery presents the first major exhibition in the UK of Angelica Mesiti, one of the leading Australian artists of her generation.


Elizabeth Fullerton and Jillian Knipe will discuss the artistic practices of their guests in the usual way – through the prism of their selected piece of fiction- though, for Culture Exchange, there’ll be a particular tilt to cultural identity.

Selector Radio

Selecting the best UK music every week and sharing it with the world with brand new presenter Sian Eleri.

Auslan and BSL Introductions Available

Welcome to UK/ Australia Season. These introduction offers key information about the Season’s programme and theme, as well as some information about the website.


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Songlines: the Indigenous Australian exhibition preserving 65,000 years of culture

Songlines Review – an epic pioneering show of Aboriginal art & culture

Abstract rectangular painting

Ghost Tunes – In the beginning

I See You

Songlines and stolen children: lessons from Indigenous Australians

A picture of female artist Patricia Piccinini with her artwork Kindred

The Uncomfortable and Confronting World of Patricia Piccinini

Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC on how the UK/Australia Season will forge stronger ties between the two nations