What is the British Art Network?
The British Art Network is a Subject Specialist Network bringing together professionals working on British art including curators, researchers and academics, reflecting the combined strength of the UK’s public collections and curatorial expertise in this field. The Network contributes 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 online and offline.
The Network spans all aspects of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day including painting, sculpture, architecture, installation, graphic art, performance, photography and film.
Membership is always open and free.
The British Art Network is jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
What do we do?
The British Art Network supports multiple strands of activity, including:
- Member-led sub-groups that focus on specific topics within British art
- Workshops, seminars and conferences programmed by the BAN team and steering committee and by BAN members via bursary awards. Aiming to go beyond conventional academic formats to provide imaginative approaches to curatorial research, these series address a wide range of curatorial needs and interests. The 2019–20 Seminar Series bursaries were awarded to: Imperial Subjects: (Post)colonial conversations between South Asia and Wales (led by Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea); Art Science Nature (led by Colchester and Ipswich Museums); and Decolonising British Art – Decentring, Resituating and Reviewing Artworks and Collections (led by University of the Arts London).
- A dedicated Emerging Curators Group, providing a supportive forum for the next generation of curators specialising in British art
- Publication of a quarterly newsletter, comprising interviews with network members, articles from past and present bursary awardees, information about upcoming events and opportunities in the sector
Opportunities to get involved
Details of current opportunities are given below.
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British Art Network membership is always open and free. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email BritishArtNetwork@tate.org.uk.
Members receive the British Art Network newsletter three times a year, including news on network activity and relevant external exhibitions and events, as well as opportunities and scholarly articles relating to British art.
The register of expertise is a database of professionals engaged with British art. It is designed to enable the exchange of knowledge and expertise and facilitate contact between those with common interests or areas of research.
If you are interested in being listed in the Register of Expertise, please email BritishArtNetwork@tate.org.uk.