The British Art Network is entering a new and exciting phase of development, which will see the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art working in close partnership with Tate in order to expand the Network and develop its full potential. This partnership will allow us to build on the success of the network to date, and to continue developing an exciting programme of lectures, seminars, conferences and development opportunities for early career curators and subgroup support.
We have also secured continued support from Arts Council England’s Subject Specialist Network Fund and are heartened by this recognition of the value and impact of the network. Please see below opportunities to apply for funding from the British Art Network.
We are currently looking for applications relating to three strands of activity which will take place in this new phase of the network:
- A dedicated network group for early career curators
The British Art Network has funding to award up to fifteen early career curators with travel and accommodation bursaries of up to £1000 each to support their attendance at British Art Network events, and to enable them to undertake research visits, mentoring and continuing professional development workshops for a one year period.
- British Art Network sub-groups explore specific areas and aspects of British art and are led by regional network members across the UK
The British Art Network has funding to award 6-10 UK based organisations £600-£2,000 each to establish or continue to run established network sub groups. These could be devoted to knowledge exchange sessions and visits to collections and exhibitions of interest.
- Three seminar series (each comprising four events) organised by regional network members across the UK
The British Art Network is launching a new series of seminars with the aim of bringing together professionals who seek to build and share knowledge and bring collections to life with fresh insight and compelling new contexts. We want to encourage curators and academics to work together to open up the histories of British art in compelling and accessible ways. You can apply for funding for one of the three seminar series. The first will take place in autumn 2019, and two in spring 2020.
For further information on the activities and how to apply, please contact Freya Stannard, Manager, National Partnerships (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The deadline for all applications is 6 May 2019
An announcement of the awardees will be made 28 May 2019
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
- Seminars each year hosted by Tate, the Paul Mellon Centre 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 spans all aspects of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day including painting, sculpture, architecture, installations, graphic art, performance, photography, film etc. Sub group and seminar themes can be drawn from current research activities, scholarly interests and future exhibition projects across the network and are driven by their relevance to network members and their organisations. Some events offer opportunities to showcase developmental projects from around the network while others address topics of broader public interest. By joining up curatorial and collection research across a wide range of visual arts organisations and academic institutions across the UK, the network fosters an environment where knowledge, skills and ideas, as well as programmes and collections, can be shared.