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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.

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Our Members

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.

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Highlights

British Art Network Newsletter Winter 2021-22

Emerging Curators Group Takeover Welcome to the ECG newsletter takeover! Content can be accessed via the coloured blocks at the bottom of the page. But first, an introduction from the group: […]

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Membership of BAN is always open and free. There are currently over 1,000 members, all actively involved in British art curating around the UK and beyond. If you are interested […]

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Current Research Groups

Image of George Chakravarthi's: Olympia, 2003, a man in repose being attended to by another man with a bouquet of flowers

British South-Asian Visual Art Post Cool Britannia

Image of Gwen John's self portrait 1902. A woman is wearing a red dress, with a broach at the collar, and is staring straight ahead. Purchased 1942 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05366

British Women Artists, 1750-1950

Image of ​John Michael Wishart's painting: Moths on a Blue Path.

Post-War Painting in Regional Collections

Black British Art

Image of Mark Leckey's: Parade, 2003. A man is silhouetted against a larger photograph of a woman's face.

Working Class British Art

Image of Siobhan McLaughlin's mixed material depiction of Landscape in Lockdown

British Landscapes

An Image of Alberta Whittle's: RESET 2020

The Re-Action of Black Performance

Image of Mary McIntyre's: Aura of Crisis 1998. The photograph shows a ring of empty leather backed chairs arranged in an empty hall.

Northern Irish Art

Image of Wolfgang's Tillmans' Installation at Walker Art Gallery in 2010. A statue of a topless man holding a scythe facing away from camera, and a large grainy photograph of another man.

Queer British Art

Image of Donald Rodney's sketch: First of England 1983 . A sketch of a man and woman on a rough crossing is presented next to the original victorian painted depiction.

Race, Empire and the Pre-Raphaelites