Curators' Days

Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days

The Arts Council Collection organises six events for UK-based curators each year.  Designed as an informal forum for networking, learning and sharing, the events bring together curators from galleries across the country and are organised in collaboration with Art Fund.

Each event has a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting major exhibitions with talks from artists, curators and specialists on a range of topics.

Past events have included visits to Folkestone Triennial, Artes Mundi, The British Art Show and Glasgow International, and topics covered have included exhibition publishing, art and dementia, art writing and engaging families in galleries. Read more about past Curators’ Days in our blogs Engaging Families, Towards Civic Engagement or watch our interviews from the Venice Curators’ Day.

Our Curators’ Days are free, however places are limited and priority will be given to curators or those working with Collections in museums, galleries and historic buildings in the UK. Please note: this year you can only register interest for one place per email address, per event.

Please note that the Arts Council Collection is not able to support travel or accommodation, although refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. If you require support for travel and other practical costs you may be eligible for Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants. Curators can apply for costs associated with multiple trips and a quick turnaround on decisions will be made. Demands on funds are high and priority will be given to curators working directly with collections. To discuss an application contact Emma Coleman, Programmes Manager, Art Fund.

For general enquiries regarding Curators' Days please contact Grace Beaumont, Acquisitions Coordinator, Arts Council Collection.


Curators' Days 18/19

Registration is now closed for the following events, applicants will be contacted in due course:

Women Power Protest: Gender and Diversity
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Thursday 15 November

Curating the Classroom
The Hepworth Wakefield
Friday 30 November

Artes Mundi, Cardiff
Wednesday 5 December


Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days

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,



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.