Conferences archive

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

‘Re-framing the Art Library’

Online, 21-23 July 2021

We’re excited to announce that ARLIS UK & Ireland will hold its first virtual Annual Conference from Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 July 2021 via Zoom.

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 are particularly seeking engagement from under-represented voices.

Call for Papers

Please note the deadline for submissions is midnight 7 February 2021.

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