Events organised by the British Art Network

Forthcoming seminars

Joint Subject Specialist Networks Seminar

12 – 13 March 2015
Tate Britain, The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery

Invitation to Participate 

This two day seminar is a collaboration between the British Art, European Paintings pre-1900 and the Understanding British Portraits Subject Specialist Networks. The seminar will aim to examine and investigate a range of subjects relevant to museum professionals and their collections through three overarching subjects: the role of cataloguing, research partnerships and disseminating research findings. 

We welcome the input of British Art Network members and invite proposals for 15 minute presentations by the deadline of Friday 5 September 2014.

Should you require any further information regarding the joint subject specialist networks seminar and how to submit a proposal please contact Helen Woodfield, Network Coordinator for British Art

William Hogarth, 'The Painter and his Pug' 1745

William Hogarth
The Painter and his Pug 1745
Oil on canvas
support: 900 x 699 mm
Purchased 1824

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William Hogarth’s Triptych For St Mary Redcliff: How to Deal With Enormous Artworks in Public Collections

Friday 10 October 2014, 10.30 – 17.00

St Nicholas Church and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

This seminar will focus on the prevailing challenges exceptionally large artworks in public collections pose for conservation, display and interpretation. The day will take its starting point from William Hogarth’s Triptych for St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, and the mismatch between its great art historical relevance and almost complete absence from public and even academic consciousness. Speakers will introduce a number of case studies exploring the challenges posed by large artworks, ranging from the Rijksmuseum’s highly successful new displays of seventeenth century Dutch masterpieces, such as Rembrandt’s Night Watch, to the National Trust’s recent conservation of painted ceilings in Kingston Lacy and Ightham Mote. We hope the seminar will inspire new ways of thinking about an old problem. 

Programmed by Dr Jenny Gaschke, Curator of Fine Art, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in collaboration with Martin Myrone, Lead Curator, pre-1800 British Art, Tate.

To reserve your place and to request travel funds please contact Helen Woodfield, Network Coordinator for British Art.

Richard Hamilton, 'Chromatic spiral' 1950

Richard Hamilton
Chromatic spiral 1950
Oil on wood
support: 543 x 485 mm
Presented anonymously 1998© The estate of Richard Hamilton

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Basic Design and The Hatton Gallery: Researching, Displaying and Sharing Archival Resources

November 2014, 11.00 – 17.00, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

This seminar, supported by the John Ellerman Foundation, will take the revolutionary teaching known as Basic Design and the related display on view at the Hatton Gallery as a starting point for a day of presentations and discussion on the way in which researchers, curators and art institutions use, present and share archival material with their audiences.

Speakers will discuss their research into the history of Basic Design teaching, addressing the methodological challenges they encountered and the insight they gained from working with archival material. There will be short case study presentations from academics and curators who will examine the way in which their research, curatorial projects and education activities have been shaped around the archive as a living, nonlinear and discursive site. The day will also offer a chance to discuss different approaches to making archives accessible via exhibitions, digitisation, publication and learning and participation activities.

Programmed by Elena Crippa, Curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate, in collaboration with Rob Airey, Keeper of Art, Hatton Gallery.

To reserve your place at the seminar and to request travel funds please contact Helen Woodfield, Network Coordinator for British Art.

Other events of interest

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho

until the 18 July 2014
The Photographers Gallery 

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, explores the hidden corners and colourful characters of 1950s and early 60s London Soho, as seen through the eyes of John Deakin (1912 – 1972).Considered to be one of the greatest postwar British photographers, Deakin was renowned for his penetrating portraits, haunting street scenes and striking fashion work. The exhibition includes rarely seen and un-shown works including portraits of the painters Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon.
Further details about the exhibition can be found on The Photographers Galley website.

Art in Focus: Wales

Until10 August 2014
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven 

This Art in Focus exhibition explores the history of interest in Welsh landscape, ruins, and the bardic tradition through oil paintings, finished watercolors, and plein-air sketches in the Center’s collections by artists such as Richard Wilson, Thomas Rowlandson, James Ward, J. M. W. Turner, David Cox, Thomas Girtin, John Martin, John Linnell, William Blake, and Samuel Palmer. The display is augmented by key publications of the period that encouraged the aesthetic appreciation of Welsh landscape.

Further details about the exhibition can be found on the Yale Centre for British Art website

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

until 12 October 2014
British Library

A major part of the Library’s contribution to the World War One Centenary, Enduring War examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair.

Through posters, poetry, art, books and pamphlets from the period, the exhibition considers attempts to boost morale at home and in the field, as well as presenting individual responses to the conflict, such as letters from Indian soldiers on the Western Front, schoolboys’ descriptions of Zeppelin raids over London and examples of the black humour expressed in trench journals.

Further details about the exhibition can be found on the British Library website.

Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision

until 26 October 2014
National Portrait Gallery

 Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.

Curated by biographer and art historian Frances Spalding, the exhibition includes distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry and photographs by Beresford and Man Ray, as well as intimate images recording her time spent with friends and family. 

Further details about the exhibition, including how to book your ticket, can be found on the National Portrait Gallery website

Constable: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

until 7 September 2014
National Museum Cardiff

John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 is considered one of his most famous landscapes.

National Museum Cardiff will be the first of five venues to display this important ‘six footer’ which was recently purchased by Tate. The painting will be accompanied by other works by Constable, as well as by artists who inspired and revered him.The display will be complemented by a series of events and learning activities.

Aspire is a partnership programme enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable by touring Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831; to five UK institutions. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.

Further details can be found on the National Museum Wales website.

Artist’s talk: Phyllida Barlow in conversation with Frances Morris

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 18.30 – 20.00
Tate Britain

£10, concessions available

 Artist Phyllida Barlow is in conversation with Frances Morris, Head of collections and international art at Tate on her largest and most ambitious work in London to date made for The Tate Britain 2014 commission supported by Sotheby’s. 

For over four decades Phyllida Barlow has made imposing, large scale sculptural installations using inexpensive, everyday materials, and has been an influence on younger generations of artists. This conversation will trace Barlow’s singular career leading up to her spectacular production for the Duveens Gallery at Tate Britain. 

View further details about the talk and how to book. 

Parrallel of Life and Art

until 31 May 2015
The Hepworth Wakefield

This collection display continues The Hepworth Wakefield’s exploration into developments in twentieth century British art and takes as its conceptual starting point Parallel of Life and Art, staged by the Independent Group in 1953 at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA),London. Conceived through collaborations between artists (Eduardo Paolozzi, Nigel Henderson), architects and critics (Peter and Alison Smithson, Reyner Banham) this ground-breaking and innovative exhibition juxtaposed a series of seemingly disparate images and emphasised the importance of photography, mass-produced imagery, architecture and design to avant-garde art.  

Further details about the display can be found on The Hepworth Wakefield website.