About ARLIS UK & Ireland  Annual Conferences

ARLIS UK & Ireland hosts an annual conference on art librarianship; the location is changeable and reflects the spread and diversity of art librarianship across the United Kingdom and Ireland. We encourage everyone to attend one of our conferences, and particularly to consider submitting a proposal to present- we want all of our conferences to provide a platform for all the voices involved in our profession, at home and abroad.

Please have a look at our conference write-ups to get a better idea of what to expect at an ARLIS UK & Ireland conference. If you are interested in attending one of our conferences (as an attendee or speaker) please also see our awards and scholarships page for funding opportunities.



ARLIS UK & Ireland 2021 Conference

‘Reframing Art Libraries: From Challenge to Opportunity’

Online, Wednesday 21- Friday 23 July 2021


ARLIS UK & Ireland will hold its first virtual Annual Conference from Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 July 2021 via Zoom webinar.

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.

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.

We invite you to join us at ARLIS UK & Ireland 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.

Please register to reserve your place on the Conference website.

Attendance is free but places are limited.



Past Conferences


ARLIS UK & Ireland 2020 Conference

Cambridge, 22-24 July 2020


The 2020 conference was postponed due to COVID-19 and will run in July 2021 as a virtual/online conference. 

ARLIS UK & Ireland 2019 Conference

Glasgow: University of Glasgow, 15-17 July 2019

ARLIS UK & Ireland 2018 Conference

London: Architectural Association, 26-27 July 2018

ARLIS UK & Ireland 2017 Conference

Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland/ Royal Irish Academy, 12-14 July 2017

[Please note there was no conference in 2016]

ARLIS UK & Ireland 2015 Conference

Cardiff, 15-17 July 2015

ARLIS UK & Ireland 2014 Conference

Manchester, 16-18 July 2014

ARLIS UK & Ireland 2013 Conference

Bristol, 10-12 July 2013