‘Why Exhibitions? Strategies, audiences, and future directions’ conference, 21-22 February 2018
Venues: Tate Britain; National Portrait Gallery, London; and National Gallery, London
Museum professionals and researchers are invited to join us for this major conference offered by the Understanding British Portraits professional network, the European Paintings pre-1900 network, and the British Art Network. It will examine the motivations behind exhibition programming, the practical challenges, and the future of exhibitions. For example, do UK museums have the in-house expertise to generate scholarly, audience-responsive, profitable exhibitions? How do they accommodate the demands of various stakeholders – curators, marketing and learning teams, audiences, and funders? And if the future is digital, what will audiences lose (and gain) by a virtual – rather than physical – engagement with museums and their collections? The conference panels will address these and many other questions around the decision-making, delivery, and consumption of temporary exhibitions.
The conference panels will be chaired by Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery; Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery; and Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain. The programme will include panel discussions, private views, and time to meet fellow delegates at Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery.
A joint-Subject Specialist Networks conference