The British Ambassador’s Residence in Vienna opened in 1875. It has the distinction of being one of the earliest buildings constructed for that purpose which remains in use as a British Ambassador’s Residence.
How we promote art
Art and culture play an immense role in the life of Vienna and particularly in the lives of the senior Austrian stakeholders with whom we work day-to-day on everything from the future of the UK and the European Union through to trade, investment and security issues. We therefore work closely with the GAC and the British Council to ensure we use art and culture, including in the residence, to actively to promote the UK’s status in Austria. Our activities can range from supporting a J. M. W. Turner exhibition in Gmünd to highlighting links between Portugal, Britain, Vorarlberg and Tacita Dean – a narrative which also highlight the qualities of another of the fine works of art at the residence in Vienna, Thomas Lawrence’s 1813 portrait of Lady Nugent (see first image, top). The fact that we have world-class art in the residence lends this work weight and authenticity, boosting our outreach and influence across the Austrian system.