Rachel Gadsden with a child taking part in her workshop at the Saudi-Bahraini Institute for the Blind. (Image credit: Tim Hayton)

Rachel Gadsden with a child taking part in her workshop at the Saudi-Bahraini Institute for the Blind. (Image credit: Tim Hayton)

Rachel Gadsden with a child taking part in her workshop at the Saudi-Bahraini Institute for the Blind. (Image credit: Tim Hayton)

UK artist Rachel Gadsden travelled to the Middle East to inspire young disabled people to embrace the arts, as well as to exhibit her own work in the first Arts and Disability Festival in Qatar. When I shook the hand of Lana Kayed of British Council Qatar at the Southbank Centre in

A contestant at the FameLab science competition at CERN. (Image credit: CERN 2013)

A contestant at the FameLab science competition at CERN. (Image credit: CERN 2013)

A contestant at the FameLab science competition at CERN. (Image credit: CERN 2013)

John Worne, director of strategy for the British Council, went to the international nuclear research centre CERN in Switzerland to help choose a young scientist with a flair for words to compete in the FameLab national final in May. The winners of all national finals will present research at the FameLab International finals during the UK's Cheltenham Science Festival

Sambodromo, Rio de Janeiro designed by Oscar Niemeyer as documented by aberrant architecture

Sambodromo, Rio de Janeiro designed by Oscar Niemeyer as documented by aberrant architecture

Sambodromo, Rio de Janeiro designed by Oscar Niemeyer as documented by aberrant architecture

What lessons can the UK learn from a project in Brazil to standardise the architecture of schools for Rio de Janeiro’s quickly expanding education system? Alastair Donald, assistant curator of the Venice Takeaway exhibition currently in London, and David Chambers and Kevin Haley, founding directors of aberrant architecture, debate the question.

London-based poet Francesca Beard performs in Khartoum (image credit: Mohamed Altoum)

London-based poet Francesca Beard performs in Khartoum (image credit: Mohamed Altoum)

London-based poet Francesca Beard performs in Khartoum (image credit: Mohamed Altoum)

In celebration of World Poetry Day, poet Francesca Beard writes about her visit to Khartoum with the British Council Sudan in January 2013 and shares two poems from her visit.

Floating neighbourhood in IJburg, Amsterdam. Photograph by dRMM Architects

Floating neighbourhood in IJburg, Amsterdam. Photograph by dRMM Architects

Floating neighbourhood in IJburg, Amsterdam. Photograph by dRMM Architects

Vicky Richardson, the British Council's Director Architecture, Design and Fashion writes about Venice Takeaway, the British Council's exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which is now at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London until 27 April 2013.