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Why Exhibitions? Strategies, audiences, and future directions, February 2018

21 February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


This major conference offered by the British Art Network, the European Paintings pre-1900 network, and the Understanding British Portraits professional network examined the motivations behind exhibition programming, practical challenges faced by programmers, and the future of exhibitions.

The conference panels addressed questions around the decision-making, delivery, and consumption of temporary exhibitions.

Confirmed speakers included Dr Ellen McAdam, Birmingham Museums Trust; Dr Helen Pheby, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Emma Ridgway, Modern Art Oxford; Anne Stewart and Hannah Crowdy, National Museums Northern Ireland; Grace Todd and Nicholas Thornton, National Museum Wales; Jess Thom, Touretteshero; Julie Milne, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums; Ruth Brimacombe, independent scholar; Cathy Waters, University of Kent; Rosie Wilson, National Portrait Gallery.

The conference panels were chaired by Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery; Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain; Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. The programme will include panel discussions, private views, and time to meet fellow delegates at Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery.

Download the programme: Why Exhibitions Programme.pdf

Watch highlights from the event, via the National Gallery YouTube channel .

Listen to audio recordings of the presentations, via Soundcloud.


21 February 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Tate Britain
London, SW1P 4RG United Kingdom