Events and activities organised by the British Art Network

Call for Applications: British Art Network Early Career Curators Group 2015/18

The British Art Network are pleased to announce the development of a dedicated network group for early career curators in 2015/18, supported by Arts Council England. This initiative is designed to create a supportive forum for the next generation of curators in the UK to come together and share experiences and thinking around British art. Across a two year period the British Art Network will seek to tie the group members into the best of current research in the field and support the development of their own professional networks.

The British Art Network has funding for up to ten Early Career Curators to receive travel bursaries in the region of £700–£1100 each to support their attendance to British Art Network events, mentoring sessions and self -facilitated research visits over a two year period.

How to apply

The British Art Network welcomes applications from curators in full or part-time employment at a UK museum or art gallery, who are in the early stages of their curatorial career (first 1–3 years) and who work directly with a collection of British art. You do not have to be a current British Art Network member to apply. The deadline for applications is the 5 June 2015.

Call for Expressions of Interest: British Art Network Sub Groups 2015/16

The British Art Network are pleased to announce plans to establish three network sub groups in 2015/16 that focus on specific areas of British art, supported by Arts Council England. This initiative is designed to enable network members, who work within specialist subject areas and have relatable research interests, to come together and continue conversations and collaborations around specific topics beyond a one-day network event.

Organisations affiliated with the British Art Network are invited to submit an expression of interest to lead a small-scale sub group on a specific area of British art of their choosing.  The proposed topic of the sub group should relate to an area of interest or richness in the lead organisation’s own collection, which they would like to explore in greater depth. The British Art Network has funding to award three UK based organisations £600–£1000 each to establish a sub group and support its activities.

How to apply

Expressions of interest are welcomed from current British Art Network members who are in full or part-time employment at a UK museum, gallery or university.  Each organisation applying must name a lead contact, with responsibility for convening the sub group and administering its activities. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 5 June 2015.

Forthcoming seminars

The Artists’ House

July 2015 (date to be confirmed)
Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

Many historic houses, galleries and museums face the challenge of how to display and interpret their art collections in a domestic setting. This seminar at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury will give researchers, academics and curators the opportunity to consider the questions and challenges posed by displaying British art in a domestic setting, and share knowledge and experiences through a series of short case study presentations and roundtable discussion.

Programmed by Mark Bills, Director, Gainsborough House, in collaboration with Martin Myrone, Lead Curator, pre-1900 British Art, Tate.

Neglected British Women Artists and Designers, 1851–1918

November 2015 (date to be confirmed)
University of Glasgow

This one day seminar will explore new research, exhibitions and displays on overlooked women artists and designers who worked in the fine and applied arts in nineteenth to early twentieth-century Britain.

Programmed by Clare A.P. Willsdon, Professor of the History of Western Art, University of Glasgow and Dr. Patricia de Montfort, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Glasgow.

Other events of interest

Artists at Home and at Work 

Until 31 May 2015
Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

Eighteenth century British artists often chose to work in domestic studios, known as ‘painting rooms’. Inspired by this practice, the exhibition ‘Artists at Home and at Work’ of portraits by Anne Purkiss, examines the ‘painting rooms’ of some of Britain’s most well-known contemporary artists. 

Further details, including how to book, can be found on the Gainsborough’s House website

William Hogarth: Painter and Printmaker

16 May – 31 August 2015
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

From portraiture to satire to history painting; this exhibition will introduce the diverse range of subjects that were tackled by this iconic painter and printmaker. Included in the exhibition will be his well-known satirical prints from our permanent collection. This will be the most comprehensive show of the artist’s work ever in the South West. Bristol is also home to Hogarth’s 28ft high Altar piece currently on display at St Nicholas Church. The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Tate Britain.

Further details, including how to book, can be found on the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Louise Jopling: Victorian Artist and Teacher

13 March – 13 September 2015
Hunterian Art Gallery

Louise Jopling (1843–1933) was a leading painter, society figure, and friend of James McNeill Whistler. This free display at the Hunterian Art Gallery introduces a new research project, based at the University, which is delivering the first substantive investigation into her life and achievements.

Further details can be found on The Huntarian.