Skinder Hundal

Director Arts British Council

As Director Arts for the British Council, Hundal oversees multiple art forms and major arts activity which includes cultural programmes for annual bilateral seasons such as UK/Italy 2020 and UK/Australia 2021-22; the British Pavilion exhibitions at La Biennale Arte and La Biennale Architettura, Venice; and the Market Focus Cultural Programme at the London Book Fair.

Hundal was previously CEO/Director of New Art Exchange, a contemporary arts space in Nottingham where over the past 12 years he has cemented a reputation for connecting diverse arts and cultural projects between the UK and overseas. Working across art forms, his international experience includes projects for La Biennale di Venezia, TED Global, Google Cultural Institute and for the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War Centenary, 14-18 Now. Major projects under his tenure at New Art Exchange includes Here, There & Everywhere, an ambitious international programme of artistic development, cultural exchange and artist residencies between the UK and Africa, South Asia, South Korea, Middle East, North America and Europe. As Chief Executive of New Art Exchange, Skinder has successfully led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development to achieve a strong reputation for bringing an international standard of culturally diverse art to Hyson Green in Nottingham.

Skinder Hundal is also Executive Producer and co-Artistic Director of the UK’s original South Asian outdoor festival, Nottingham Arts Mela, and a Board member at Artist News (a-n). He recently retired as a Board member at Tom Dale Dance Company. In 2019, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to visual arts.