2020 Association for Art History Fellows

We are delighted to announce our first Association for Art History Fellows. This programme, which launched in the Autumn of 2019, seeks to recognise and honour individuals who have made a significant achievement within the broad field of art history.

In 2020 we asked members of the Association to nominate people whose work deserved to be honoured as a Fellow. We invited people to consider individuals who were academics (in the areas of art history, visual culture, material culture, critical theory, and the history of architecture, photography or design), curators, educators, artists, as well as those who promote and bring public support and attention to the subject such as journalists or public figures.

A panel of respected peers from around the UK agreed to honour Sarah Phillips and Griselda Pollock who have each made, and continue to make, substantial contributions in art history education and scholarship, respectively.

Sarah Phillips is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute and is the author of the current global Art History A Level. This new syllabus introduced art from beyond the European tradition for the first time at this level. She has been Head of Art History at Godalming Sixth Form College for 15 years and has worked for Pearson as their ‘Ask the Expert’ subject adviser, trainer and Principal Examiner for the last five. She took a prominent role in the campaign to save the A Level and worked closely with the media, teachers and professionals across the sector to coordinate responses. She is an Advisory Board member for Art UK as well as a lead contributor on the PG Diploma course at the University of Leeds presenting and advising on the implementation of art history across the school curriculum. Sarah has worked as an outreach advisor to the Universities of Sussex and Brighton and works closely with the Association for Art History alongside working as a teacher, writer and speaker for Art History in Schools. She is looking forwards to using the Fellowship role to expand awareness of the importance of our subject to new, young audiences.

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social & Critical Histories of Art and Director of Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History (CentreCATH) in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies (FAHACS), at the University of Leeds. For almost half a century, she has dedicated her work to creating and extending an international, postcolonial, queer feminist analysis of the visual arts, visual culture and cultural theory. Combining rigorous art historical analysis with a wide-ranging practice as a feminist cultural theorist bridging Marixism, feminism and psychoanalysis, she has been committed to teaching and researching, decolonizing and expanding the ways we study, and interpret art and  visual cultures of the past and present as a way to understand, and critique, the world around us.  Her many books, articles and exhibitions contribute to a radical integration of the work of many artist-women worlwide while recognising the critical significance of both difference and specificity, with special reference to Mary Cassatt, Chantal Akerman, Lubaina Himid, Mary Kelly, Alina Szapocznikow, Vera Frenkel, Anna Maria Maiolino, Christine Taylor Patten and Bracha Ettinger. Recently published are her monograph, Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory (Yale, 2018) and the edited collection, with Max Silverman  Concentrationary Art: Jean Cayrol, the Lazarean and the Everyday in Post-war Film, Literature, Music and the Visual Arts (Berghahn, 2019) which is the fourth a series of books  on Concentrationary Memory: The Politics of Representation that include Concentrationary Cinema (2011),Concentrationary Memories (2013), and Concentrationary Imaginaries(2016). This includes a study of the work of Susan Philipzs.  Forthcoming work includes  on cinema:Monroe’s Mov(i)es: Class, Gender and Nation in the work, image-making and agency of Marilyn Monroe (2021), feminism and memory: Is Feminism a Bad Memory? (Verso, 2020), and the realisation of her work on Van Gogh: The Case against “Van Gogh”: Memory, Place and Modernist Disillusionment (Thames & Hudson, 2021).

The Fellows of the Association for Art History will be formally honoured at our 2020 Annual Conference in April, where each has been invited to give a short acceptance speech.

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