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Register for British Art after Britain

Still from Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon, History of the Present, 2023

24–25 November 2023, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Registration is now open for the British Art Network’s Annual Conference 2023, which considers the cultural legacies of devolution.

The conference day will take place on Saturday 25 November, with a supporting programme beginning on Friday 24 November. Please see below information on registration, including fully funded places for attendees travelling from Northern Ireland; Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles; Republic of Ireland; and Wales.

As questions about statehood, democracy and (dis)unity rise anew in the year of a Coronation, British Art after Britain reflects on the influence of regionalisation since the historic moment of the Good Friday Agreement and founding of parliaments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Converging with these pathways of self-determination, a decentralising agenda backed by lottery funds established new galleries and arts centres across the country at the turn of the millennium. As these organisations and their buildings approach their quarter-centenary and with a renewed levelling-up plan incentivising relocation outside of London, this conference calls for a conversation about the changing provisions for art, its histories, and audiences outside of the metropolitan centre and amidst the challenges of economic and ecological permacrisis. Imagining futures beyond endurance, it asks how approaches to exhibition-making, collecting and curatorial work might negotiate, trouble and respond to the changing relations of Britain to its constituent nations and the world beyond.

British Art after Britain is guest convened by Dr Marcus Jack in partnership with the Hunterian Art Gallery.


Friday 24 November 2023

16:00-17:00, various venues
The British Art Network is delighted to be able to offer a number of small-group tours on Friday 24 November 2023.
Registration coming soon

Public Screening and Q&A: History of the Present
18:00-19:30, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
With BSL interpretation
The British Art Network is delighted to present the Glasgow premiere of History of the Present. Following the screening, co-directors Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon will be present to participate in a Q&A chaired by Dr Marcus Jack.
For more information and to book a free place, please visit the Eventbrite registration page

Saturday 25 November 2023

Conference Day: British Art after Britain
09:45-17:00, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

With BSL interpretation and live captioning
The conference day will bring together curators, artists, art historians and a range of culture professionals from across geographies in an imaginative and cross-disciplinary dialogue, to include:

  • The poor, by the way: Working-class-ness as Method, a keynote in three acts delivered by Professor Maria Fusco (Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee). Fusco will embody the uses and methods of working-class-ness, the failures of social mobility, the asceticism of subjective writing, the somatic envy mood, the diacritical first person voice, the unnecessary trampling of coats, the symbolic spatialisation of anxiety, the side eye, the sucking of jelly cubes, the gulping of leftover full fat milk, the militant cherishing, the proof of our survival, the something to be made.
  • Interventions from Glasgow-based artists Michelle Hannah, and Dr Jude Browning with vocalist Natalie McGhee.
  • Devolving Art’s Histories: regionalism and reception – paper presentations and panel with Clare Carolin (Kings College London), Gareth Bell-Jones (Flat Time House) and Dr Alice Correia (Curator and Art Historian).
  • Instituting Amongst: curating at the peripheries – paper presentations and panel with Jonathan P. Watts (Independent Curator and Artist), Dawn Bothwell (Independent Curator), Gayle Miekle (Newcastle University) and Emma Nicolson (Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh).
  • Roundtable discussion with Sepake Angiama (Iniva), Beth Bate (Dundee Contemporary Arts) and Nigel Prince (Artes Mundi), chaired by Dr Kirsteen Macdonald.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to book your free place, please visit the Eventbrite registration page.

Accessibility Provision:

Kelvin Hall and the Hunterian Art Gallery have step-free access, accessible toilets and a hearing loop.
Screening and Q&A will include British Sign Language interpretation.  
The Conference Day (25 November) will include Live Captioning and British Sign Language interpretation. A quiet room will be available.
There is a space on the booking form to let the organising team know about any further access requirements.

Fully funded places: The British Art Network is delighted to be able to offer a limited number of fully funded places (travel, accommodation, subsistence and any related access provision) for Network members attending from the following locations:

  • Northern Ireland
  • Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Wales

If you would like to apply for one of these places, please first book your conference place (and any supporting programme events on 24 November) and then contact the British Art Network at [email protected] by Monday 23 October with the following information:

  • Where you are based
  • Why attendance is relevant to your work
  • Rough estimated costs

Funds will be allocated using the methodology of partial randomisation: all applicants will be reviewed by the programming team to ensure eligibility, and the available funds will be randomly allocated. Applicants will receive a response during the week of 23 October.

Visiting Dundee
Travelling to or across Scotland for the conference and thinking to add on some time for gallery visits?  
The Cooper Gallery (DJCAD, University of Dundee) has kindly offered to open for conference delegates on Sunday 26 November, which is also the final day of Dundee Contemporary Arts’ current exhibition. If you would like to visit the Cooper Gallery on this day, please email [email protected] as we will need to provide expected visitor numbers.

Read more about the Cooper Gallery and DCA exhibitions here