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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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What’s New

British Art News May 2024

The May 2024 edition of British Art News focuses on architecture, with articles from Roshan Mishra, Rían Kearney, Carine Harmand and Anthony Tino.


BAN supports a range of seminars through annual bursaries and collaboration with other organisations. Visit our Seminars page to view previous BAN seminars.

News & Opportunities

Stay up to date with BAN related news and opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Kitchen Table Conversation #1

This event is the first of three events in Autumn/Winter 2024 organised by the British Art Network’s ‘A Place based History of Art’ research group, which explores the history of art, artistic networks and artists’ legacies from the entry point of ‘place’, focusing on towns, cities and rural locations across the UK.

John Lyons: Carnivalesque Study Day

Join the British Art Network’s Black British Artists Research Group for an afternoon of discussion and exploration around the work of artist John Lyons on display in the exhibition John Lyons: Carnivalesque.

Donald Rodney Study Day

Join the British Art Network’s Black British Artists Research Group for an afternoon of discussion and exploration around the work of seminal artist Donald Rodney, as part of the exhibition Donald Rodney: Visceral Canker at Spike Island, Bristol.

Sector News

Job Opportunity | British Museum

The British Museum are looking to hire a curator to curate, research, document, display and augment the Museum’s collection of European material culture dating from 1800 to the present.

Grant Opportunity | TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grant 2024

Deadline to apply: Friday 26 July 2024, 23:59 BSTAward: 3 x funding grants of £3,000 and up to £1,000 in match funding for all other eligible applicants* We are pleased to […]

Opportunity | AHRC Advisory Board

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invites applications from across the arts and humanities communities, disciplines and sectors to join its Advisory Board.