Midlands Art Papers: Manifesto

Midlands Art Papers (MAP) is a regional collaboration between researchers at the University of Birmingham and cultural practitioners from 13 partner museums and galleries.

Through new research and innovative public programming, since 2016 we have sought to open up public collections of art and design to new perspectives and contexts, developing understanding and accessibility.

Through exhibitions, events and our dedicated online journal, we support and advocate for the crucial work our partner institutions do in championing, developing and protecting our artistic culture and heritage, at a time when funding cuts have threatened this important work. With leading academics and practitioners in their fields, an international readership, and links to national initiatives such as Art UK and Tate’s British Art Network, MAP enables the University and our partners to gain national and international recognition, and to forge vital relationships for safeguarding our irreplaceable regional heritage and culture. 

The third MAP issue launched in November 2019 and focuses on ‘inclusivity,’ with the aim of opening up conversations, fostering dialogue and developing understanding about how urgent issues such as accessibility, equality and diversity can be addressed within the arts sector.


  • To enable and initiate new, collaborative research into the outstanding collections of fine and decorative arts in public museums in the Midlands
  • To foreground and broaden access to these collections
  • To develop a cooperative research culture between the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, and museums and art galleries in Birmingham and the Midlands

Partner institutions

Editorial board

Editor: Sophie Hatchwell, Lecturer in History of Art (s.hatchwell@bham.ac.uk)

Research and Communications Assistant: Jennifer Wilbur

We would welcome contact from other institutions in the region which would like to collaborate on Midlands Art Papers.

Contact us

Email: map@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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