Newcastle upon Tyne





(Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1-3 April 2020)

Scholarly research is giving growing importance to curatorial practices. Publications such as the Museum History Journal (8:1, 2015) have discussed how, since the mid-to-late 19th century, curators worldwide have adapted from the scholarly and administrative art expert archetype (George, 2015) to one that ‘possesses an authorial/artistic function’ (O’Neill, 2012), in which the ‘making’ takes centre stage (Acord, 2010). Have British curators followed the same evolution or are there distinctive characteristics that set British curators apart from their colleagues abroad? This panel aims to cover a gap in curatorial research by discussing the history of curators in Britain, reflecting on how they have engaged with their economic, political, and professional contexts since Victorian times (Black, 2000). It will analyse the role of professional associations such as the UK Museums Association (1889) as a forum for exchanging ideas and practice, the emergence of training programmes in the mid-20th century, the creation of the first HE curatorial course in the Royal College of Art (1992) and the potential professional challenges of a post-Brexit scenario.

We invite papers on the following possible topics:

  • distinctiveness of British curatorial practices
  • peculiarity of British curators’ training in different periods and its impact upon practice
  • isolation and connection in the relations with foreign artists, institutions, colleagues, critics, connoisseurs, private collectors, commercial art galleries and public powers
  • internationalism and Britishness in curatorial discourses
  • class and gender inclusion in the profession compared to other countries
  • the impact of curation on the art market and art education in the UK and abroad.

Submit a paper

  • Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors, using the Paper Proposal Form
  • You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).
  • Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme.
  • You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.
  • Deadline for submissions: Monday 21 October 2019

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International Open Call for Submissions to Lungs Magazine Issue NO.3

Open Call for Lungs Magazine Issue No.3, themed "Poly Voices"

Lungs Project is a non-profit curatorial collective and publication founded in 2016.

Based in the North East of England, the project focuses on facilitating artistic development and network growth by merging visual arts, design, crafts, and literature to create a collaborative dialogue between various disciplines and to connect early career artists with new opportunities. As an independent initiative, Lungs Project aims to foster and disseminate critical thought and experimental methodologies through publishing and curating exhibitions.

The open call is aimed at a wide range of contemporary artists and writers of colour exclusively. In our third issue, we wish to explore the social and political implications of identity. The theme for our third issue is Poly Voices. The specifics of the theme require works which critically reflect on, comment and interpret our social reality today. Our goal is to interrogate this reality, and its multi-layered intersections such as gender, sex, origins, class, political orientation, and religion. We want to look at how contemporary artists of colour thematise the issues surrounding social identity. It is essential that you concisely present yourself and ideas so we can get a broader picture of your practice. We are open to various forms of creative practices from visual arts to illustration, from filmmaking to fiction.

Applications are free. To apply for the open call, please email with information below:

  • A CV & Biography (your exhibition histories, interests, background)


  • For visual artists; A recent portfolio (these should also include links to your blog or website, and your social handles)


  • For writers and poets; Web links or PDF documents of text no longer than 3000 words per piece. (we are looking for poems, essays, interviews, fiction, and flash fiction)


We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

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