• 28 May 2019

Tate today announced a new partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre, working together to expand the British Art Network. The Paul Mellon Centre has committed additional funds and expertise to help Tate build on the success of the network to date. A new programme of events will include support for specialist subject groups and development opportunities for early career curators, to stimulate research and new perspectives on all aspects of British Art. In recognition of the value and impact of the network, Arts Council England has continued to provide support through its Subject Specialist Network Fund.

The British Art Network, established in 2012, is a Subject Specialist Network bringing together professionals working with British art, including curators, researchers and academics, reflecting the combined strength of the UK’s public collections and curatorial expertise. It contributes to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across cultural organisations. It aims to develop curatorial skills and collection knowledge; and to foster greater collaboration between partners leading to dynamic collection displays and exhibitions of British art for audiences across the UK. The network currently includes 602 members representing 256 higher education institutions, arts and heritage organisations across the UK and internationally. The steering committee has recently expanded to 16 members representing a wide range of expertise from regional museums, galleries and universities across the UK.

Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre and joint Chair of the British Art Network, said: ‘We are committed to supporting the most exciting and original research into the history of British Art and architecture. Working with colleagues at Tate and elsewhere to promote this kind of research across the UK’s museums and gallery sector fits perfectly with our mission. We look forward to collaborating with hundreds of brilliant curators and scholars, and to helping them share their knowledge and expertise with each other and with the public'.

For more information about the British Art Network please click here.


Lubaina Himid, ‘Naming the Money’ (2004)
Installation view of Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017)
Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums, Liverpool
Photo: Stuart Whipps, courtesy of Spike Island.
Sub group: British Black Art