Visiting Arts was established in 1977 as a department of the British Council, working to bring international and culturally diverse work from overseas to UK audiences. Visiting Arts became an independent charitable organisation in 2001 and since then the organisation’s role has developed into being a facilitator for high quality international relationships between artists and cultural professionals. Until April 2012, its three main strands of work involved information and knowledge sharing, creating new connections for artists and cultural professionals and providing training and professional development.