Joint conference: Why Exhibitions? Strategies, audiences, and future directions

Making and Meaning: The Wilton Diptych. Exhibition in the Sainsbury Wing, 1993 © The National Gallery

Making and Meaning: The Wilton Diptych. Exhibition in the Sainsbury Wing, 1993 © The National Gallery

Why Exhibitions? Strategies, audiences, and future directions
A joint-Subject Specialist Networks conference, London, 21 – 22 February 2018

Museum professionals and researchers are invited to join us for this major conference offered by the European Paintings pre-1900 network, the Understanding British Portraits professional network, and the British Art Network.
This joint conference 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.


Further information on the event, including details of how to book your free place and apply for travel support, will be announced by email/e-newsletter and online in December 2017.