Why art history matters

We believe that art history and visual culture inspires people to think differently and see differently.

This is why art history matters so much to us. As a charity, subject association and membership body, it is why we do the work that we do. Our work is united by a determination to show why art history matters, and how it can matter for many not just a few.

Our advocacy work is a key part of what we do towards promoting the professional practice and public understanding of art history and visual culture. At present it covers a range of areas including education, policy and partnerships.

Our internationally renowned Annual Conference showcases current research and critical debate around, art, art history and visual culture.

We have been awarding our annual Dissertation Prizes for over twenty years. They are designed to encourage and foster exceptional and original research around art and art history at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Our publications, including the leading academic journal, Art History and Thinking About Art text book, are for people teaching, studying or exploring art history at different levels in different contexts.



Be an advocate for art history.

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We offer grants for art history that support professional practice, teaching & learning and research.

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Annual Conference

The Annual Conference presents current research and critical debate about art and art history.

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Art History is the leading academic journal in our field.

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Member benefits


Get access to unique events, networks and discounts on subscriptions.

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Keep up to date with essential news, events and opportunities at a great rate.

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Training, development and networking events throughout the year.

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Member benefits

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