The aim of the British Art Network is to contribute to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across museums, galleries and academic institutions in the UK. This is supported through a variety of networking opportunities both on and offline. Membership to the network is always open and free, and it includes the following activity:
- An online register of expertise in British art
- An electronic newsletter circulated to members four times a year
- Four seminars each year hosted by Tate or partner organisations on themes relating to British Art
- A dedicated network group for Early Career Curators specialising in British art
- Network sub groups that explore specific areas of British art and are led by regional network members across the UK
The network focuses on British art from the sixteenth century to the present day with a broad remit, covering painting, sculpture, installations, graphic art, performance, photography, film, etc. Seminar themes are drawn from current research activities, scholarly interests and future exhibition projects proposed by the network members. Some events offer opportunities to showcase developmental projects while others address topics of broader public interest. By joining up curatorial and collection research across a wide range of members’ organisations in the UK, the network fosters an environment where knowledge, skills and ideas, as well as programmes and collections, can be shared.