About the National Network


The Contemporary Art Society’s National Network is the Subject Specialist Network for contemporary art. The membership provides arts professionals with a national and increasingly international perspective on public collection development that will support their working lives:Membership offers access to the only UK wide programme that generates new ideas and shares existing knowledge relating to the institution of the museum and the development of public collections of contemporary art.

The programme is for museum and gallery directors, curators, educators, project managers and other arts professionals. The existing membership includes those who are working with collections and others who wish to know more about how public collections are established, developed, conserved, used, researched and animated for audiences everywhere.

The programme locates itself around the following key questions:

  • How do museums and galleries form partnerships across the cultural ecology of the towns, cities and regions where they are located?
  • Who will be curating, developing and mediating exhibitions and collections in the future – are we planning for a new generation?
  • What sort of relationship do we have with audiences and how can we create a deeper experience of the history and the life of the collection?
  • We will be able to sustain the vitally important research culture that supports the work that curators, conservators, educators and more do to ensure that museums continue to initiate excellent public programming?

Institutional Members of the National Network

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Art Fund
Art Circuit Touring Exhibitions
Arts Council England Barbican
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Cass Sculpture Foundation
Contemporary Art Programming
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Firstsite, Colchester
Gallery Oldham
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Hackelbury Fine Arts, London
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
Haunch of Venison London
Imperial War Museum
Kettle’s Yard Gallery
Leeds Museums & Galleries
London Transport Museum
Matt’s Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery
Mead Art Gallery
New Art Gallery Walsall
Newport Museum & Art Gallery
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Nottingham City Museums & Art Gallery: Nottingham Castle
Paisley Museum & Art Galleries
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
South Hill Park
South London Gallery
Southampton City Art Gallery
Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
Tate Britain
Tin Type Gallery
The Hepworth Wakefield
Paintings in Hospitals
The Pier Art Centre
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Touchstones Rochdale
Towner Art Gallery
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Turner Contemporary
University for the Creative Arts
Victoria Art Gallery, University of Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery
Warrington Library and Museum
Waterside Contemporary
Whitworth Art Gallery
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wysing Arts Centre
York Art Gallery