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Teaching art history in schools today

We talk a lot about getting more young people into museums, into cultural spaces and into a greater understanding of both their own and others’ identities. Yet, simultaneously, we are witnessing the biggest cuts in secondary school funding in generations, and an academic ‘progression’ route which virtually eliminates both choice and the Arts. Is it […]

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Call For Papers: Making the New Man

Conference “Making the New Man” St Petersburg University, May 16-18, 2019.  Abstract: The goal of the conference is to explore the fantastic visions of, and the actual experiments in, “making the new man” in one particular setting – the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. The revolutionary transformations of 1917 boosted scientific fantasies of engineering […]

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Summer Symposium Highlights

Two days of sunshine and sculpture greeted delegates of this year’s annual Summer Symposium (Re-)Forming Sculpture which returned to West Yorkshire for the first time since 2010. The two-day conference for current doctoral and early career research took place at The Hepworth Wakefield and University of Leeds at the end of June. It looked to re-consider the boundaries […]

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Art History for All? | Advocacy for educational opportunities

As champions and ambassadors for art history and the arts and humanities in this country, we work to ensure the continued vitality and vibrancy of these fields, and to argue for policy and economic regimes that ensure these subjects are open to all. In our responses to recent policy consultations on education and funding, we […]

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DADA DATA | Contemporary art practice in the era of post-truth politics

DADA DATA, Contemporary art practice in the era of post-truth politics was a session that took place at our 2019 Annual Conference in London. Session Convenors, SARAH HEGENBART and MARA-JOHANNA KÖLMEL summarise the research areas and discussions that were explored in this session. ‘Big Data excites everything. Big Data knows everything. Big Data spits everything out […] The […]

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Art history and me

| Joanna Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School, Trustee of the Association for Art History and a freelance lecturer and researcher. Here she shares her thoughts about how her initial journey into art history has informed her subsequent approach to images and objects. After working in museums and galleries for nearly 35 […]

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Art history in LA

With 300 ninety-minute scholarly sessions, rigorous panel discussions, discipline-specific workshops, and excellent special events and exhibitions, and between 3,500 and 4,000 delegates in attendance over four days from 21 to 24 February, CAA 2018 was, as always, an epic affair. Set in downtown Los Angeles, the 106th annual conference of the College Art Association was […]

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Art history and me

|Suzy Lishman is a pathologist and trustee of the Association for Art History. She reflects upon her previous studies in art history alongside her medical career and research. Suzy Lishman CBE is a consultant pathologist with an interest in colorectal cancer and patient safety. She is immediate past president of the Royal College of Pathologists, […]

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We are for art history

It has been 6 months since we officially launched the rebrand and the Association for Art History, and the impact has been really positive. More people are visiting the website, following us on social media and signing up for our digital newsletters, so our supporter-base has increased significantly. When we launched the rebrand we made […]

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Art history and me

| Kate Aspinall is a freelance art historian and trustee of the Association for Art History. She reflects on what made her fall in love with art history.| My relationship with the history of art began with a single confrontation that shook me deeply. I was seven years old, frightened (and knowledgeable) of sharks and […]

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ARTiculation Insight

Benji Kandler took part in ARTiculation at the start of 2017 when he attended Graveney School. ARTiculation is part of The Roche Court Educational Trust, an independent arts education charity. ARTiculation is a national initiative which provides a platform for young people to talk about art in a public context. Through the ARTiculation outreach programme, […]

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Art history and me

| CEO at MTArt Agency Marine Tanguy talks to the Association for Art History about what art history means to her and why she feels it is imperative that it should be taught in schools. | Marine Tanguy has been working in the art world for the past eight years.  An advocate for artists since […]

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Ten years of ‘Ways of Seeing’

| This year we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of ‘Ways of Seeing’, our annual conference for A Level students and teachers which is focused on seeing and thinking differently about art and art history. It is a unique event that supports art history education in schools, colleges and galleries. Over the last decade Ways of […]

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SPoKE | Art history beyond the page

| In advance of the January submission deadline for SPoKE 2018, Founder Tom Parson discusses how the idea of getting his students to create short films on their chosen piece of art has gone from strength to strength. | SPoKE, the art documentary competition for students in years 11, 12 and 13 was launched in […]

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Visualizing Visions | Exploring the Rijksmuseum dataset

| Floor Koeleman discusses her PhD project Visualizing Visions, which focuses on the use of digital tools for art historical research | As an art historian I look at the past, but today I will look at the future. What innovative methods and techniques can be used for art historical research? This question is central to […]

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Art history and me

| Naomi Daw is a PhD researcher in Art History at the University of Sussex and also the Society Coordinator for the University’s Art History Society. In this latest edition of ‘Art History and Me’ Naomi explains how it was her love of travel and popular culture that sparked her interest in studying art history […]

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Making Connections

This summer we worked with colleagues from the University of Leeds to develop a ground-breaking residential course for art teachers to engage with art history. The Plan + Prepare + Provide art teachers residential at the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies was the first of a new strand of projects […]

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The Easel Initiative

The Easel Initiative | A New Platform For The Arts By Founder, Charlotte Maxwell. It is always a strange feeling returning to your old school. A heady mix of nostalgia, the feeling that you never left and a barrage of memories you had totally forgotten flooding back all at once. It is a simultaneously lovely […]

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Art history and me

| Penny Wickson, Chair of the Association for Art History Schools Group | Given my family background it may not seem surprising that I should have studied art history at university. My father read History and was a Headmaster and my mother became a textile artist after leaving her job as a medical secretary to […]

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The physician’s folding almanac: a misnomer of the medievalist?

| Amy Moore, University of York | Extract from the winning entry of the Association for Art History’s Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2016. In November 2013, the Wellcome Library acquired a small folding manuscript, MS 8932. Previously unknown to scholars, this private manuscript was sold as a ‘folding almanac’, becoming one of 29 known folding astrological […]

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Home, exile and the politics of belonging

Artists and speakers from across the world explored the experiences of exile and belonging in relation to art in this session, ‘Home, exile and the politics of belonging’, at the Association’s 2017 Annual Conference. Here’s a snapshot of this session. Joel Robinson (The Open University, UK) opened the morning session, with his paper Exhibiting the […]

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New era for art history

We believe that art history and visual culture inspires people to think differently and see differently. We’ve reflected this belief through the development of a strong and innovative visual design, reconsidered our use of tone and language, and opted for a name that clearly states that we are for art history. It is a belief […]

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