Sky Arts Art 50

Post Brexit Britain. Who Are We?

What will Britain look like, feel like, be like to live in, when we are no longer members of the European Union?  The outcome of the Brexit referendum has stimulated a widespread debate about our national identity, with many people looking to express how they feel about our nation as we approach a future outside the EU.



What is Art 50?

Sky Arts launched Art 50 to invite artists of all kinds, from all walks of life, from all artistic genres, to create a piece of work which says something important about what it will mean to be British after we leave the European Union. 

We are working with our partner organisations; the Barbican, Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.  They will be hosting a festival featuring a selection of the Art 50 commissions as well as being on the judging panel.  Separately, Sky Arts is commissioning them to produce some new work.

Over two commissioning rounds, you, or your school, college or arts institution, will have the opportunity to apply for funding or co-funding to make a piece of theatre/ dance/ music/ film/ art/ collage (the list goes on) that responds to the question….

What will it mean to be British?  

What are the criteria?

At the beginning of February 2017, key figures in the arts world across disciplines and across the country were invited to a consultation to help decide the criteria for commissioning: 

We are looking for ideas of all sizes that speak on the subject of Britishness and which:

  • Engage rather than lecture
  • Relate to suburbs and rural communities as well as towns and cities
  • Allow us to hear and understand many points of view 
  • Help us to understand how we’ve got here
  • Taken together, represent a diversity of opinion
  • Include new voices as well as established artists
  • Make a splash, or leave a lasting legacy – or both!

How much funding is there?

Sky Arts has allocated £1m to Art 50. This covers the cost of making the TV documentaries we will make and all the arts projects it will fund.  

What will happen next?

Round 2 of Art 50 is now closed. 


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Submitted projects

We commissioned 15 projects from Round 1 of Art 50.

From poems to plays, from music to marketing and from roadside photography to robots - all British life is here!

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