We are delighted to announce that Chris Breward is the new Chair of the Association for Art History.

Chris is Director of National Museums Scotland and is based in Edinburgh. Trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum, he has published and curated widely on the histories of fashion, style, masculinities and city life. Chris’s professional career has included roles across the art school, university and museum and galleries sector.

He has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion and Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh and before joining National Museums Scotland was Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington and  Director of Collection and Research at National Galleries Scotland.

Chris has served on a number of Boards and Advisory Committees, including the Design History and Costume Societies, the Pasold Foundation, Fruitmarket Gallery, the Edinburgh Art Festival, Glasgow School of Art Collections, Hospitalfield Arts, the Leverhulme Prize, AHRC and REF panels and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He is passionate about the mission of the Association for Art History and looks forward to working with the team, Board and members in supporting its aims.

Greg Perry, CEO of the Association commented: “Chris’s leadership in the higher education and museum sectors made him an ideal candidate for the Chair’s role at the Association. His research interests in visual and material culture echo the Association’s broad view of art history and his appreciation of the value and importance of subject associations make him attentive to the needs of our field and of our stakeholders.”

As Chair of the Association for Art History Chris will lead a board of twelve Trustees and be an ambassador for the Association’s commitment to promoting a broad and inclusive art history throughout the UK.

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