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Curating, Care and Community, September 2020

3 September 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Explore care and its role in curatorial practice with the British Art Network’s Early Career Curators Group

The word ‘curator’ derives from the Latin curare, ‘to care’. Curators are charged with the physical and intellectual care of collections – the artworks, objects and narratives found within our cultural institutions. However, it is evident that the concept of care within our sector must stretch beyond the guardianship of cultural heritage, to the care of and concern for those around us.

Curating, Care and Community will explore the increasingly urgent matter of how we care for ourselves, our colleagues, our collaborators and our audiences through our work in the arts, within and beyond institutions.

Hosted by Jemma Desai, presentations and panels will address:

  • Artists and acquisitions
  • Working with marginalised groups
  • Alternative ways of organising and collaborating
  • Curating as a form of repair
  • Dismantling colonial and ableist tropes

BAN members and the wider curatorial community are invited to share experiences and ideas in a supportive, reflective environment. To facilitate sharing, participants will be sent some questions on the theme of care to consider in advance, though there will be no pressure to contribute. There will be opportunities for questions throughout and participation will be encouraged through polls and Google Jamboard.

Programme notes available to download here: Curating Care


Khairani Barokka, UAL Decolonising Arts Institute
Sam Curtis, Bethlem Gallery
Amrita Dhallu, Tate Modern
Jade French, University of Leeds
Beth Hughes, Arts Council Collection
Alison Jones, Tate Liverpool
Adi Lerer, independent curator
Kirsteen Macdonald, Chapter Thirteen
The Voice of Domestic Workers and students of the MRes: Art: Exhibition Studies (Central Saint Martins)

This event has been programmed by the British Art Network’s Early Career Curators Group, a supportive forum of 14 curators brought together to share experiences and thinking around curating British art. The seminar aims to be relevant for curators at all stages of their career and is an opportunity to have open conversations and learn from each other.

Applications are currently open for the next group, renamed the Emerging Curators Group, to be active October 2020 to June 2021.

Early Career Curator Group 2019–20:

Rebecca Burton (Harewood House Trust)
Alice Eden (Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum)
Mels Evers (Tate Britain)
James Finch (Tate Britain)
Becky Gee (York Museums Trust)
Samantha Howard (The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery)
Marcus Jack (Glasgow School of Art)
Tessa Kilgariff (English Heritage)
Jessie Petheram (National Museums Liverpool)
Helen Record (Royal Academy of Arts)
Emily Riddle (The Hepworth Wakefield)
Tor Scott (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)
Rachel Smith (independent)
Charlotte Thomas (National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales)

The British Art Network is led and supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


3 September 2020
10:30 am - 4:00 pm




British Art Network