2020 Annual Conference

1 – 3 April 2020

Newcastle University & Northumbria University

Keynote Speakers:

Lynda Nead
, Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London
Read and watch online Bert Hardy: Exercises with Photography and Film. A recent project by Lynda Nead and John Wyver, published in British Art Studies, February 2020.

Courtney J. Martin,
 Director of the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA)
Read a recent online article on Britishness, Identity, and the Three-Dimensional: British Sculpture Abroad in the 1990s by Courtney J. Martin published in British Art Studies, July 2016.

Geoffrey Batchen
, Professor of Art History, University of Oxford
NEW – you can now watch an online recording of Geoffrey’s keynote “Light and Dark: A Little History of the Negative’ which he gave at the Art Gallery of NSW in October 2019.


UPDATE: 2020 Annual Conference and COVID-19
Due to regulations around COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Conference was cancelled.
However, we are pleased to announce that many of the sessions that were scheduled to take place in April 2020 in Newcastle will now be incorporated into our 2021 Annual Conference, which will now take place over 4 days in April 2020 in Birmingham.
Please check our FAQs for updated responses to questions around the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Conference. [updated 11.04.20]

In 2020, Newcastle University and Northumbria University will co-host the Association for Art History’s 46th Annual Conference. The 2020 Annual Conference will be held across both campuses in the city centre and will include many opportunities to explore the vibrant cultural landscape of the North East of England. In addition to academic sessions and research papers, we anticipate that the 2020 Annual Conference will include a mix of events including artists’ film screenings, performances, roundtable discussions, and local visits.

The Annual Conference is open to all. Members receive a discount but you do not need to be a member to present or propose a session or paper, or attend.

Both universities have firm roots in the studio practice of art. Conference sessions will engage with research and the relationship between theory, history, and practice. Newcastle and Northumbria have different histories through the nineteenth-century art department and mid-twentieth-century polytechnic college, which trace the evolution of art education and its intersections with other disciplines, including cultural studies, design, film, and fashion.

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The 2020 Annual Conference is a partnership event which is co-organised by Association for Art History – Claire Davies and Cheryl Platt and Newcastle University – Fiona Anderson, and Northumbria University – Victoria Horne.