2012/2022: A Decade of British Art Curating, November 2022

To help mark its 10-year anniversary, BAN’s annual conference programme for 2022 will explore a decade in British art curating, offering multiple perspectives on curatorial practices and knowledge production, reflecting on the material and social forces at work since 2012, and exploring the innovations and missed opportunities we’ve seen over these years. Referring to the archive of cultural activity in 2012 itself as a point of reference and engaging with an expanded view of the curatorial field in the decade since, the programme will offer timely reflections, questions and challenges for British art curating now.

The British Art Network was launched on 21 December 2012, originally organised by Tate and supported by Arts Council England, it was aimed at fostering connections and developing skills and knowledge among curators of British art. The conference will reflect on changing ideas about British art and identity, curatorial practice, inclusion and representation, and the place of collections and institutions. With the Jubilee, Paralympics, and Olympics as reference points, the conference programme will explore ten years of change, continuity and regression in the curatorial field.

The programme will involve four sessions reflecting on 2012 and a decade of British art curating, including in-person and online events guest-convened by Sonia Boué, Bryan Biggs, and Victoria Walsh as well as a new online resource documenting 2012 as a year in British art, and a commissioned film exploring the conference themes by Niyaz Saghari.

Please save the date for the following sessions:

15 November
Beyond othering – curatorial practice and the neurodiversity paradigm, convened by Sonia Boué, online 

17 November
Curating in the Contemporary: the art school, museum, and the academy, convened by Victoria Walsh, in-person and online, venue TBC

22 November
Perspectives on a decentred decade– local and global perspectives, convened by Bryan Biggs, Bluecoat, Liverpool and online 

24 November
Reflections on a decade in British art curating – chaired by Martin Myrone, BAN Convenor, Tate Britain, London, and online 

More information on the individual sessions and how to book your place will be released here soon.