Art History Careers Days 2021

27 - 28 January, Online

Thanks to everyone who participated in and attended our 2021 Careers Days. We recorded keynotes from both days.

Day 1 Keynote: Rachael Minott, Artist, researcher, and Inclusion and Change Manager at the National Archives.

Day 2 Keynote: Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, 17th and 18th Century Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the V&A.

Our Art History Careers Days are for undergraduate or masters students who are interested in pursuing careers in the arts, culture or heritage sectors, and learn more about phd and post-doc life. The Careers Days are an opportunity to meet people, network and listen and chat to people about different career and research possibilities. Organised by our Doctoral and Early Career Research (DECR) Committee, they are friendly and informal events that are open to students studying a range of different subjects, across the arts, humanities, languages and social sciences. our 2021 Art History Careers Day will take place online, and over two days rather than the usual one day.

This event often explores careers in the arts, culture, education and heritage sectors, along with other professions in the commercial sector. Selected speakers talk about their own career journey’s and offer specific advice, experience and expertise from different perspectives.

The 2021 Careers Day will have speakers from Galleries & Museums, Arts & Charities, Arts & Business and Academia, as well as a keynotes from early career professionals.


CAREERS DAY 1: Wednesday 27 January, 14.00 – 17.30

2pm   Welcome

Academia Panel

2.10pm   Sussan Babaie – Professor of Islamic and Iranian Arts at the Courtauld Institute of Art

2.20pm   Samuel Bibby – Managing Editor of Art History

2.30pm   Pedith Chan – Senior Lecturer in Asian Arts and Culture at SOAS

2.40pm   Elizabeth K. Robles – British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Contemporary Arts at the University of Bristol

2.50pm   Panel Q&A

3.05 – 3.30pm   Break

Art Charities & Art Businesses Panel

3.30pm   Claire Davies – Head of Comms & Events, Association for Art History

3.40pm   Laura Moseley – Founder of Made by Women

3.50pm   Caroline Osborne – Founder and Trustee for Art History in Schools

4.00pm   Ruth Helen Smith – Artist and owner of Ruth Smith Gallery

4.10pm   Panel Q&A

4.25 – 4.35pm   Break

Day 1 Keynote: 

4.35pm   Rachael Minott – Artist, researcher, and Inclusion and Change Manager at the National Archives.

5.05pm   Q&A

5.3pm   Closing remarks and thanks

CAREERS DAY 2: Thursday 28 January, 14.00 – 17.30

2pm   Welcome

Discussion: Precarity/Looking Forward: Freelancing, Internships, & Volunteering

2.10pm   Verity Babbs – Artist liaison at Rise Art, podcast host, YouTuber, and an online art exhibition curator

2.20pm   Melissa Bennett – Research assistant with National Trust/Birkbeck and community engagement officer with the Greater London Authority

2.30pm   Paul Stewart, Teeside University (and member of Association for Art History DECR committee)

2.40pm   Ben Street – Freelance art historian, lecturer, and writer

2.50pm Panel Q&A

3.05 – 3.30pm   Break

Museums & Galleries Panel

3.30pm   Jade Foster (they/them) – Assistant Curator at Primary and Creative Programme Coordinator at New Art Exchange

3.40pm  Amisha Karia, Head of Collections, Loans, and Programming at Paintings in Hospitals (tbc depending on childcare)

3.50pm  Jennifer Powell – Head of Collection, Programme, and Research at Kettle’s Yard

4.00pm  Panel Q&A

4.15 – 4.35pm   Break

Day 2 Keynote:

4.35pm   Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth – 17th and 18th Century Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the V&A

5.05pm   Q&A

5.30pm Closing remarks and thanks


FREE and open to all. e-tickets via eventbrite to attend one or both days.

You can also look at 2018 Careers Day take-away points.

Art History Careers Day is organised by the Association’s Doctoral and Early Career Research (DECR) Network Project Board. The 2021 event is co-organised by Caitlin Doley and Sarah French.