Curators' Days

Every year the Arts Council Collection organises six events for UK-based curators. Designed as an informal forum for networking, each event has a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting new buildings and key exhibitions.

Recent events have included visits to the 2017 Venice Biennale, the National Museum Wales, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Number 10 Downing Street and Sunderland Museum, and have looked at subjects ranging from funding contemporary art to government indemnity and social media.

During 2017 and 2018, the Collection will be working with Art Fund to develop and document a series of joint events for curators. The partnership focuses on increasing the digital engagement of Curators’ Day events by making the programme accessible to a wider audience online.

For information on upcoming events, contact Grace Beaumont:


Past Events

Engaging Families

Emma Bearman reports from the recent Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day event, Engaging Families, and considers new ways of engaging family audiences in art galleries and museums.
Venice Biennale 2017

A series of interviews with UK-based curators produced in collaboration with Art Fund as part of the Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day at Venice Biennale 2017.
Folkestone Triennial

Arts & Culture Producer Emma Wilcox reports from our Folkestone Trinnial event, featuring talks from Triennial curator, Lewis Biggs and architect Ben Allen,
Art & Dementia

Listen to the guest speakers from this event exploring art and dementia, including how to create dementia friendly spaces and resources in galleries and museums.
Glasgow International

Following the latest Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day at this year’s Glasgow International, Amy Tobin, Curator at Kettle’s Yard and Lecturer in History of Art, University of Cambridge, reports from Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art.

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