Tate Britain Conference

Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the present day

Donald Rodney Last of England, First of England 1983 and Ford Madox Brown The Last of England 1855

Tate Britain’s major conference, held in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London and culture at King’s College London, marks the opening of the exhibition Artist and Empire. Scholars, curators and artists from around Britain and the world consider art created under the conditions of the British Empire, its aftermath, and its future in museum and gallery displays. 

Scholarship of art associated with the British Empire has expanded over the last two decades, across a huge span of disciplines and locations. This conference takes the historic opportunity of the exhibition, featuring diverse artists from the sixteenth century to the present day, to bring together people to meet and share the latest research being developed around this subject. The papers, roundtables and audience discussions will consider the cosmopolitan character of objects and images, and the way geographical, cultural and chronological dislocations have in many instances obscured, changed or suppressed their history, significance and aesthetics. We will also explore how approaches to contemporary art, archives, curation and collecting can help develop new ways to look at them now. 


Exhibition Preview and Opening Conversation between Frank Bowling OBE and Zoe Whitley

24 November
Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain

Both one day and two day conference ticket holders are invited to attend the Opening Conversation on the 24 November. You will receive an email from Jessica.Knights@tate.org.uk asking you to reply if you which to attend this. This will be on a first come, first served basis.

Artist and Empire: The Long Nineteenth Century 

25 November, Day One
Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain

Artist and Empire: Curating in a Transnational Context 

26 November, Day Two
Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern

For further information please contact the conference administrator, Jessica Knights, at Jessica.Knights@tate.org.uk

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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24–26 November 2015

  • Tate Britain

    Artist and Empire

    25 Nov 2015 – 10 Apr 2016

    This autumn Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of art associated with the British Empire from the 16th century to the present day.