HENI and British Council Partnership

Published December 19th 2018

HENI Publishing and the British Council announce a new five-book publishing partnership starting in spring 2019.

HENI Publishing, working with the British Council, will produce and distribute a new book about the exhibition histories of the British Council Collection, along with four publications to accompany exhibitions at the British Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, from 2019 through to 2022.

The first biennale book is the catalogue for the 58thInternational Art Exhibition in 2019, where Great Britain will be represented by Glasgow-based Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966, Dundonald, Belfast). The catalogue will be published at the beginning of May 2019.

The British Pavilion will present new work by Wilkes, who has built a considerable reputation for sculptural installations of profound and mysterious intensity, curated by Dr Zoe Whitley, Curator International Art, Tate. The 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, opens on 11 May 2019 and runs till 24 November 2019.

Working closely with the British Council, HENI Publishing will also produce a new book on the key role the British Council Collection has played in cultural relations since the 1940s – working title Arts without Frontiers – due to be published in autumn 2019. Written by Dr Annebella Pollen, Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton, the publication will tell the story of the British Council Collection and its intersections with modern global history through the British Council’s global exhibition programme.

The British Council Collection contains more than 8,700 works of British modern and contemporary art, craft and design. The Collection has no permanent gallery and has been referred to as a ‘Museum Without Walls’. For the past 80 years exhibitions from the Collection have travelled widely, sharing the very best of British art with the world.

Jacky Klein, Director, HENI Publishing, said:

We are delighted to be working with the British Council on these important publications for Venice and on the history of the Collection and its role on the international cultural stage. The British Council’s commitment to promoting the benefits of art and culture throughout the world makes them a perfect partner for HENI. These five books on art, architecture, collecting and exhibiting histories are exciting and welcome additions to our publishing list in 2019 and beyond.

Emma Dexter, British Council Director Visual Arts, Commissioner of the British Pavilion and Chair of the British Pavilion Selection Committee, said: “We are excited to see the results of this new partnership over the next four years.”