British Art Network Convenor

The British Art Network (BAN) is a Subject Specialist Network bringing together professionals working on British art including curators, researchers and academics, reflecting the combined strength of the UK’s public collections and curatorial expertise in this field.

The aim of the BAN is to contribute to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across museums, galleries and academic institutions in the UK. This is supported through a variety of networking opportunities both on and offline. Membership to the network is always open and free, and it includes the following activity:

  • An online register of expertise in British art
  • An electronic newsletter
  • Seminars each year hosted by Tate, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art or partner organisations on themes relating to British art
  • A dedicated network group for Early Career Curators specialising in British art
  • Network sub-groups that explore specific areas of British art and are led by regional network members across the UK

The network spans all aspects of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day including painting, sculpture, architecture, installations, graphic art, performance, photography, film etc.

BAN is jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC). It is supported by the PMC, by public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Tate.

This new post of British Art Network Convenor has been created to provide visible leadership for the BAN and to promote its aims and shape its mission through collaboration with its members, steering group and other stakeholders. In this role you will create an enhanced sense of community amongst BAN members and generate a productive platform for the dissemination and discussion of curatorial research. Based at the PMC in London, you will report to the Director of Studies and will also work closely on the development of the network with the BAN Coordinator based at Tate, along with the gallery’s Head of National Partnerships.

Essential requirements for this role will be proven knowledge of an area of historic, modern or contemporary British art and culture, together with experience and understanding of the challenges of museum and/or gallery curatorship. You must also have extensive experience of having run a programme of public events in a gallery, museum, academic or similar environment, plus extensive professional networks in both museum and higher education sectors, particularly in regional institutions. You will also be an accomplished and confident communicator, project manager, researcher, leader and influencer with proven skills in delivering a funded programme with external reporting requirements.

Salary will be in the range of £45,000 to £50,000 per annum, depending on experience.

This post is full time and offered as a three year fixed term contract. Please note that the post involves regular UK travel and travel to the USA once a year.

For a full person specification and details on how to apply, please visit the website.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midday on 18 April.


Interviews for the post will be held during May 2020.


Questions about the post should be addressed to the PMC’s Director of Studies, Mark Hallett at

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Contact Name

Mark Hallett

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Start Date

25th March 2020

Closing Date

18th April 2020