About the conference

The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce that a conference ‘Art, Materiality and Representation’ will take place at the British Museum, Clore Centre, in conjunction with the museum’s Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and in SOAS, Senate House, in conjunction with their Department of Anthropology.

Dates: 1-3 June 2018


Exhibitors will meet a truly interdisciplinary mix of 500-600 international delegates. Participants will include anthropologists, curators, teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, representatives of NGOs and media, decision-makers, corporate bodies and members of the general public.


The exhibition will be in the British Museum’s Education Clore Centre. Details of the Centre can be found on the following website. For a map of the venue click here.

Opportunities to exhibit

Exhibition spaces are available in the reception and public meeting areas which ensures maximum face to face interaction with delegates. A single display table (2 feet x 5 feet) is £300 (ex VAT). This includes conference registration fee for up to two people, with full access to panels and events.

Exhibitor registration

To book an exhibition stall please fill out the following booking form and send it via email to Emma Ford at education@therai.org.uk . Deadline for exhibitor registration is 27 April 2018.

Delivery of exhibition materials

Due to parking and loading bay restrictions at the British Museum, publicity will need to be sent by post at least one week in advance of the conference date. Publicity can be delivered to the British Museum’s mail room. Please ensure packages arrive no later than Wednesday 30 May 2018. All packages must have your organisation’s name as well as the following information:

Attention of Antony Loveland
Anthropology Library and Research Centre
for Anthropology and Photography Conference (Organisation’s Name)
British Museum
Great Russell Street

Exhibition times

Exhibitions will be on display throughout the event. Stalls will see the most activity during registration, lunch, breaks and receptions.

Setting up stalls

Publishers and exhibitors will be able to set up their stalls on Thursday 31 May 2018 between 9:00am-10:00am. RAI volunteers will greet representatives at the front entrance of the BM and take them to the Centre. Once assigned, stalls will remain in the same position throughout the duration of the conference.

Staffing stalls

Although we offer unstaffed stalls we strongly encourage organisations to bring their own representatives to facilitate the marketing of materials and the presence of their brand. Unfortunately, RAI volunteers will not be able to staff stalls.

Storage facilities

There will be a cloakroom facilitated by RAI volunteers where exhibitors can leave extra material and personal belongings during the day. Displays, banners and printed material will remain with the stalls overnight.

Technical considerations

There are very few power outlets. If you need a power source, please make advance arrangements by contacting Emma Ford, at education@therai.org.uk. The Clore Centre does not have Wi-Fi capabilities. Please note that there are no methods to use a phone line for credit card transactions.

Venue security

Throughout the conference there will be BM event assistants and RAI volunteers who will help administrate the event and monitor the area. At the end of each conference day, stalls will be left overnight to be monitored by the BM security staff.

Dismantling stalls & returning goods

Stall holders will be responsible for dismantling their stalls and ensuring that their goods are collected at the end of the conference on Sunday 3 June 2018.