Ferens Art Gallery Conference

British Art Network: Curating Now New approaches to curating in the UK

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Robert Mapplethorpe, John McKendry, Tate / National Galleries of Scotland. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

This seminar aims to engage with, challenge and rethink curating today

The event brings together contributions from curators, writers and academics to investigate what it means to be a curator today. Hosted and programmed by the British Art Network’s Early Career Curators Group, this seminar will explore a range of ideas about the role of a curator – from collection-steward to educator; from activist to entrepreneur – as well as examining how we got here, both through the paths of individual curators, and a broader look at the culture and training methodologies that influence the sector as a whole. The aim of the day is to actively engage with, challenge and rethink the requirements of curating today through break-out sessions and provocations as well as more formal presentations by leading figures in curating.

Speakers include George Vasey, Turner Prize 2017 Curator; Beth Bate, Dundee Contemporary Arts; David Morris, Honorary Research Fellow, The Whitworth; Rachael Minott, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Fiona Parry, Turner Contemporary.

The event aims to be relevant for curators at all stages of their career and be an opportunity to have open conversations and learn from each other.

The seminar will present a series of short papers, provocations and breakout sessions followed by a panel discussion and opportunities for networking. Delegates are also invited to visit the Turner Prize 2017 exhibition, currently on display at Ferens Art Gallery.

The British Art Network Early Career Curators Group is a dedicated group of nine curators specialising in British art, whose members hold positions in affiliated partner organisations around Great Britain and Northern Ireland working alongside Tate.

To book your place email BritishArtNetwork@tate.org.uk. Travel bursaries are available on a first come first served basis.

Ferens Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Square
Hull HU1 3RA

Date & Time

13 December 2017 at 11.30–17.00