Robert Upstone is a well known Modern British art specialist who has published widely in this area. For 23 years he was a senior Tate curator, curating displays and exhibitions, running research projects and acquiring Modern British works for the collection. He has curated a large number of exhibitions at major museums around the world. From 2010–2016 he was Director of The Fine Art Society. He is one of nine specialists who sit on the Acceptance in Lieu Panel that accepts works of art for the nation.