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 1000 international delegates. Participants will include anthropologists, curators, teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, representatives of NGOs and media, artists, 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 contact Emma Ford at education@therai.org.uk . You will be sent a link to the stall exhibitor registration form.  Deadline for exhibitor registration is 23 April 2018.

Advertisement in the conference programme

The deadline for sending an advertisement for the conference programme is 23 April 2018. Full details of this can be found here.

Delivery of exhibition materials

Due to parking and loading bay restrictions at the British Museum, exhibition materials will need to arrive by 30 May 2018. Full instructions will be in the Delivery Form that is sent to exhibitors once registered. 

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

Exhibitors will be able to set up their stalls between 8:30am-9:00am on Friday 1 June 2018. 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

Your representatives will staff the stall to facilitate the marketing of materials and the presence of your brand. Unfortunately, RAI volunteers will not be able to staff stalls, and we ask that materials are not left unattended during the conference for security purposes.

Technical considerations

If you would like to request a power source or other facilities, please indicate this on the Exhibitor Registration form. 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. Exhibitors must ensure their stalls are not left unattended. At the end of each conference day, stalls will be left overnight to be monitored by the BM security staff.

Dismantling stalls & returning goods

Exhibitors 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.