Who we are

We are the subject association for art history in the UK.

We are a subject association, membership body and charity. Since 1974 we have been committed to promoting the value of art history and visual culture for all. We work with the education and cultural sectors to help ensure that art history continues to be supported, understood and enjoyed.

The Association for Art History is run by a small team of staff based in London and the organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our members can attend our Annual General Meeting as representatives of art history, they can also nominate and vote for Trustees.

Meet the office team

Pontus Rosén | Chief Executive

Pontus is responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s strategic aims and business plan, working with the Trustees to make sure that we keep moving in the right direction. Pontus studied at Cass Business School and was previously Deputy Director at the Foundling Museum in London. Contact Pontus

Trevor Horsewood

Trevor works with our partners across education, culture and policy to find new and interesting ways of engaging with art history. Before joining the Association for Art History Trevor worked with museums, galleries and cultural institutions from across the UK and Europe. Contact Trevor

Claire Coveney

Claire(C) steers our strategy for engagement across membership, stakeholder, professional and public arenas. Claire's work is a keystone of the organisation's mission of championing art history, and a foundation of our approach to encourage members and supporters alike to connect with our work. Contact Claire C

Elizabeth Nkhuwa

Elizabeth works closely with our Chief Executive to make sure that the organisation’s finances are managed and reported properly, and is responsible for managing the in-house finance functions of the Association. Contact Elizabeth

Claire Davies

Claire is responsible for shaping our creative direction, and also manages our communications and events programmes, including our international Annual Conference. Claire has steered many of our successes in imagining new ways to think about and talk about art history and visual culture. Contact Claire

Samuel Bibby

Samuel manages our academic journal, Art History. He studied modern languages at the University of Exeter, and art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and University College London. Samuel is currently completing a book, Art History as Things Seen: The New Art Historiography.Contact Samuel

Meet the trustees

Christine Riding

CHAIR
Christine Riding is Head of Arts and Curator of the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich, where she has oversight of art, costume and craft collections, covering the early modern period to the contemporary. She has a wide experience of working in museums, galleries and heritage organisations with a special interest in British art and in displaying and interpreting collections in historic houses. She has degrees in history, museum studies and art history, served as Deputy Editor of Art History, and has been Chair since 2014. Having been involved with the Association for fifteen years, she is particularly focused on promoting the study of art history as a gateway to many careers, and to extending the reach and benefits of the subject to as wide an audience as possible. In this regard, she is very proud of the work done by the Association to diversify the careers, specialisms and skills of trustees, as represented by the current board.

Patricia Hardy

HON SECRETARY
Pat Hardy is currently the Packard Curator at the National Heritage Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art, in Newmarket, responsible for the Packard Galleries at the site.
Having started as a Trustee in 2013 and becoming Secretary in 2016, Pat has been involved in the governance changes which have been taking place alongside rebrand developments. It is a truly exciting time to be involved with the Association for Art History and there are huge opportunities to promote art history.

Neil Fray

HON TREASURER
Institute of environmental management & assessment
Neil is based at the Institute of environmental management & assessment. Neil is an experienced Finance and Non-Executive Director in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He brings a wide range of expertise to the organisation including strategic finance, income generation, governance and IT. Neil also has a passion for art history, completing his Masters Degree with the Open University in 2014. His final dissertation was on John Piper and the Coventry Cathedrals. More recently he has started to explore an interest in art and the environment, in particular the social impact that art can have on the public understanding of climate change.

Jacky Klein

TRUSTEE
Jacky Klein is director of Tate Publishing. She is an art historian, publisher and broadcaster. After gaining a First Class degree in History from Oxford University and an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute, she worked as a curator at the Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries before moving into the world of art publishing, as commissioning editor for art books at Thames & Hudson. She now works at Tate Publishing, overseeing the gallery's art and children's books. As a broadcaster, she has contributed to a range of programmes for BBC television and radio, Bloomberg TV and the Art Fund, and she co-presented ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ for BBC4 with Bendor Grosvenor in autumn 2016.
A Trustee since 2014, Jacky is passionate about communicating art history to the widest possible audience and enjoys putting her work across curating, museum education, publishing and arts broadcasting.

Joanna Banham

TRUSTEE
Jo Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School and a freelance lecturer and researcher. She has worked in galleries and museums for over 30 years, in a curatorial and educational capacity. Most recently she set up and led on the new Learning Academy at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has taught at degree and post-graduate level in universities but is also passionately committed to the expansion of continuing education, as both professional development and adult leisure learning. She believes that Art History is not simply a subject for research but has a wider application in encouraging visual literacy, critical thinking, and practical skills. She hopes that her experience and enthusiasm for learning in a variety of ways about different aspects of the subject will be helpful for the Association’s inclusive public programme, and she is keen to expand the remit and audience for events.
Jo is currently curating an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement to be shown in Madrid and Barcelona in 2017-2018. She is also researching a book on the London Art World 1660-2000, and working on an exhibition on the Roaring Twenties for 2020.

Suzy Lishman

TRUSTEE
Suzy is at the Royal College of Pathologists.
She is a pathologist at Peterborough City Hospital, specialising in the diagnosis of bowel cancer. She studied art history with the Open University, writing her dissertation on Botticelli's Mystic Nativity. She has been involved in the Royal College of Pathologists for over a decade and is currently the president. She has many years' experience of public and political engagement, raising the profile of pathology with a wide range of audiences. Suzy has been a trustee of several charities for many years and is pleased to combine her experience of governance and engagement with her interest in art history. She is particularly interested in the crossover between art and science and the benefits that studying art has for doctors' observational skills.

Carol Richardson

TRUSTEE
Carol Richardson is based at the University of Edinburgh. She brings experience of teaching and research at university level to her role as trustee of the Association for Art History. She strongly believes in academic governance and the key role of subject-specific expertise to management in the sector. She is passionate about learning as part of a community, and making knowledge accessible to as wide a range of people as possible and sees the interdisciplinary and multi-media approached of art history as an ideal format for that. Research specialism on renaissance art and Rome means she is particularly interested in the differences and distances that get in the way of dialogue.

Sarah Philp

TRUSTEE
Sarah Philp is Director of Programmes at Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. Her role encompasses the development and management of grant-making schemes and partnerships to support museums and galleries across the UK in the areas of acquisitions and collections development, curatorial research and training, and exhibition, touring and public engagement. She is also responsible Art Fund's work placing gifts and bequests of works of art into museum collections, and for sector policy, advocacy and research. She is an art history graduate and believes that the subject not only led her to a meaningful career but also provided unparalleled access to history and culture, and left her with a series of tools to make sense of an image-saturated world. The mission of the Association for Art History is therefore very close to her heart.

Tilo Reifenstein

TRUSTEE
Tilo Reifenstein is a PhD candidate and associate lecturer at Manchester School of Art (Manchester Metropolitan University). He is been a trustee of the Association since December 2014. In 2016, he was a Franz Roh Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (in conjunction with the Institut für Kunstgeschichte of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich). He is an associate editor at the 'Open Arts Journal' (The Open University) and 'Studies in Material Thinking' (Auckland University of Technology). He's particularly interested in the relations of the 'visual' arts with literature and philosophy.

Kate Aspinall

TRUSTEE
Kate Aspinall is an independent historian, writer, and artist. Based in London, her research looks to the role of drawing in 20th century British visual culture with a particular emphasis on the intersections between institutional and personal discipline. Kate regularly delivers gallery and museum talks in addition to consulting for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. She holds a PhD in History of Art from the University of East Anglia, and additional degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art and St Andrews University. As a trustee, Kate is dedicated to nurturing academic rigour within a variety of art historical careers, campaigning for increased awareness of the new shape and demands of art history workers in the evolving economy and supporting the future of art history.

Ben Thomas

TRUSTEE
Ben is based at the University of Kent.