Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre and Tate, the British Art Network (BAN) promotes curatorial research, practice and theory in the field of British art. Its members include curators, academics, artist-researchers, conservators, producers and programmers at all stages of their professional lives. All are actively engaged in caring for, developing and presenting British art, whether in museums, galleries, heritage settings or art spaces, in published form or in educational settings, across the UK and beyond.

BAN provides a place for sharing expertise, helps forge connections, and creates time and space for critical exchange and debate. BAN’s activities are defined by the membership and reflect a broad range of expertise, experience and viewpoints. At the heart of everything BAN does there is a collective commitment to expanding definitions of British art, acknowledging complex historical truths and their present-day resonances, and communicating the continuing public value of British art collections and curatorial expertise around the UK.

BAN provides bursaries to support Research Groups exploring a wide range of current topics in the field, Seminars, an Emerging Curators Group and a major annual conference. For more details about current activity visit

Membership of BAN is always open and free. If you are interested in becoming a member, please apply through our website using our membership form. Members receive a newsletter and regular updates on BAN’s activities and have priority access to the annual BAN conference and other events.