British Art Network Sharing expertise, research and ideas on British art

The British Art Network (BAN) promotes curatorial research, practice and theory in the field of British art. Our members include curators, academics, artist-researchers, conservators, producers and programmers at all stages of their professional lives. All are actively engaged in caring for, developing and presenting British art, whether in museums, galleries, heritage settings or art spaces, in published form or in educational settings, across the UK and beyond.

BAN provides a place for sharing expertise, helps forge connections, and creates time and space for critical exchange and debate. Our activities are defined by our membership and reflect a broad range of expertise, experience and viewpoints. At the heart of everything we do there is a collective commitment to expanding definitions of British art, acknowledging complex historical truths and their present-day resonances, and communicating the continuing public value of British art collections and curatorial expertise around the UK.


Membership of BAN is always open and free. If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill in the form here.

Members receive a newsletter and regular updates on BAN’s activities and have priority access to the annual BAN conference and other events.

Members can apply for annual bursaries, which provide support for Research Groups, Seminar Series and the Emerging Curators Group. Applications are now closed for next year’s Emerging Curators Group and for Research Groups to run in 2022.

About British Art Network

BAN is a Subject Specialist Network and is supported financially by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Tate, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. BAN’s programme is overseen and developed by a team based at Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre, and guided by a Steering Group whose membership reflects a range of relevant experience and backgrounds.

If you would like to get in touch, please email