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British Art after Britain

  • Region: Scotland
  • Type: Conference
  • Cost: Free

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 our website for the full programme and information on registration, including access provision and 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.

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

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