National Museum Cardiff Conference

Research and the Museum Ecosystem

Gallery view, National Museum Cardiff

Gallery view, National Museum Cardiff © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Investigate the concept of the museum ecosystem model and its relevance to curatorial research

This British Art Network conference, focusing upon arts-based research in the museum, gallery and academic worlds, is intended to provide a fresh opportunity to investigate how the concept of a museum ecosystem might offer an alternative to, or even an improvement upon, more traditional frameworks of curatorial practice.

A ‘museum ecosystem’ can be understood in relation to a variety of evolving, responsive and sometimes regenerative forms of interaction: across and within the environments of individual museums and galleries; across and between a series of interconnected institutional spaces within a particular locality or region; or between such institutions and their wider environments.

Curators, academics, artists, independent scholars, museum and heritage sector professionals and beyond will open up new perspectives on how such ecosystems have shaped, and might in future shape, curatorial and scholarly research as they relate to collections, collections care and management.

The conference is free and includes lunch and refreshments.


Speakers to include

  • Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

  • Sophie Hatchwell, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham

  • Martin Myrone, Senior Curator, British Art pre-1800, Tate

  • Joanna Norman, Head of V&A Research Institute

  • Nina Pearlman, Head of UCL Art Collections, University College London

  • Emily Pringle, Head of Research, Tate

  • Trish Scott, Engagement Curator, Goldsmiths, University of London and independent artist, curator and researcher

  • Ólöf Gerður Sigfúsdóttir, Director of Quality Enhancement, Teaching and Research, Iceland University of the Arts

  • Jillian Sutherland, Curatorial Fellow, Holburne Museum and PhD Researcher, Bath Spa University

  • Carol Thompson, Senior Curator, Wolverhampton Arts and Culture

  • Mike Tooby, Professor in Art and Design, Bath Spa University and independent curator and researcher

  • Catherine Troiano, Curator, National Photography Collections, National TrustSophie Hatchwell, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham

This event forms part of the programme of the British Art Network, jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

National Museum Cardiff

Reardon Smith Leacture TheatreEast Wing Entrance, via Park Place

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park

Date & Time

19 March 2020 at 10.00–18.00

This event has been cancelled due to the disruption caused by coronavirus. We know this will be disappointing and we're deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused