ARLIS / UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2021


Reframing Art Libraries – from Challenge to Opportunity

Wednesday 21 July – Friday 23 July 2021


Welcome to the ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2021

Our theme for the first ARLIS/UK & Ireland conference to be hosted online is ‘Reframing Art Libraries: From Challenge to Opportunity’.

The experiences of 2020 have highlighted longstanding issues of inequality. We have experienced enormous, dramatic and global changes in our social and political climate due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. In the interests of opening the conference up to wider participation, for the first time the ARLIS/UK & Ireland conference will be free for all who want to take part.

We invite you to join us at ARLIS 2021 to explore ways in which art, design and architecture libraries and archives are responding to these challenges in a creative and innovative way, the nature of critical librarianship in this climate, and the future for art librarianship in the light of these developments.

We are hosting the conference on a virtual conference platform that offers the opportunity for a truly inclusive event, engaging a diverse range of voices to contribute to the debate and discussion and offering a chance to connect virtually with colleagues internationally. The conference offers a rich and varied range of engaging keynote speakers, presentations and workshops that we hope will provoke discussion and debate about the ways in which art libraries can thrive and flourish in the social, cultural and political context of the 2020s.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conversation in July at ARLIS 2021.

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Jane Bramwell

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Chair 2019-2021

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Jeremy Jenkins

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Chair 2021-2023