Arts Council Guide to No-Deal Brexit


The Arts Council sees it as important for art market and cultural organisations to assess the risks and opportunities that Brexit poses, so that they can prepare as well as possible. Issues will arise for institutions in receipt of EU funding: the employment of EU nationals; UK artists or organisations travelling to the EU post Brexit; movement of goods, where, for example, the UK Government envisages reduced access across the straits at Dover and Folkestone for up to six months; the export and import of cultural property; copyright and intellectual property rights; VAT issues arising over trading in goods and services; etc.

The on-line guide provides information for to Government notices and policy papers including:

  • EU funding for projects under EU programmes such as Creative Europe, European Regional Development Fund and Horizon 2020 amongst others.
  • government policy on EU citizens’ rights in the UK for organisations employing EU nationals.
  • travelling to the EU post Brexit for those planning tours and other trips.
  • implications on the movement of goods for those who are moving works of art or instruments and equipment across borders.
  • and the likely effects on copyright and intellectual property rights.

The Council intends to update the guide as further information becomes available. To access the guide click here.

The Council has also conducted an impact survey of 992 arts and culture organisations to understand the impact of EU exit on their businesses. It also asked EUCLID International Limited to create a report that assesses the European Union’s contribution to the arts, museums and creative industries in England.

The survey offers detail on issues including:

  • 64% of organisations currently work inside the European Union, with ‘touring exhibitions’ and ‘sending UK artists abroad’ being the most popular types of activity.
  • 40% need to regularly move equipment and objects between the UK and the EU.
  • Nearly half believe it is important to their organisation that both EU and UK citizens can work at short notice in either jurisdiction for short periods.
  • A third of organisations employ EU nationals, however this rises to over half in art forms such as Dance

The vast majority (89%) of organisations reported that artistic development was the most important reason for working across borders.

The Report aimed to provide figures, with caveats, of the amount of funding the museums and galleries sector has received from the European Union in the last 10 years. It found £345m was awarded between 2007-16, equating to £40m each year. The Arts Council has shared this information with government, pointing out that these are likely to be minimum figures and making it clear that the sector cannot afford to lose this level of funding as we leave the EU.