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We are happy to list relevant events, free of charge, on our site. We promote both our own and external events taking place across the UK and internationally. Association for Art History events are always open to members and non-members. Complete the online form if you'd like us to consider listing your event.

Sharing the Van Dyck Self-portrait: contemporary and historical art in dialogue | National Portrait Gallery, 10 November

A symposium for museum and gallery professionals exploring the outcomes of the three year tour of the Van Dyck self-portrait.

Nihon to Seiyō : Japan & the West: The SAHGB 2017 Annual Lecture & Awards Ceremony, Courtauld Institute of Art, 29 November

Neil Jackson, President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, will present the annual lecture on architectural exchange between Japan and the West.

Exploring “Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi”, Munich, 27 October

A public seminar organised between Haus der Kunst and the Department of Theory and History of Architecture, Art and Design at the Technical University, Munich.

Art History in the Pub, Bristol, 30 October

Art History in the Pub are informal talks about (often local) art history and visual culture that take place in pubs around the UK.

Association for Art History Bookfair 2018

The Bookfair is a key part of our Annual Conference. It is open to a range of different exhibitors who are keen to engage with those researching or practicing art history.

Association for Art History | 2018 Annual Conference, London, 5-7 April 2018

The Association for Art History’s 2018 Annual Conference for art history and visual culture will take place in London, 5-7 April 2018.

Public Lecture: ‘Will Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Ever Wilt?’, 28 November, London

Free Public Lecture by Dr Ashok Roy FSA (Director of Collections, National Gallery), Society of Antiquaries of London

Book Now for ‘Visible Identities’ – Academic Seminar, 6 November, London

An academic symposium hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of London (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE)

Art History in the Pub at the Being Human Festival, 20 November, Bristol, Leeds and London

This year the Association for Art History will be participating in the Being Human festival, which runs from 17 – 25 November and will focus around a theme of ‘lost and found’.

In and Out of American Art: Between Provincialism and Transnationalism, 1940–80, 27-28 October

A two-day international conference organized by the School of Art History, University of St Andrews on the reputation of American art, both within the US and transnationally, between 1940 and 1980.

Ashmolean Museum History of Art Sixth Form Study Day, 7 November

A unique opportunity to experience lectures from Oxford University Academics and practical gallery based workshops exploring paintings and artworks from the Ashmolean’s world class identities.

A Magnificent Faith: Writing the History of Lutheran Art, 26 October, Courtauld Institute of Art

This lecture will ask how and why Lutheranism – a confession that insisted upon the pre-eminence of God’s Word – became a visually magnificent faith, a faith whose adherents sought to capture Christians’ hearts and minds through seeing as well as through hearing.

The Hepworth Book Club | The Hepworth Wakefield, 23 September & 28 October

This series of talks accompanies the first public view of Hepworth’s personal library, currently on display as part of The Hepworth Wakefield exhibition Masterpieces by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore to offer an insight into Hepworth’s creative inspirations. 

Enlightened Princesses: Britain and Europe, 1700-1820, 29-31 October, London

International Symposium, 29 to 31 October 2017, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, and the Tower of London

Association for Art History first Annual Lecture, 26 October, University of Leeds

Association for Art History’s first Annual Public Lecture, ‘Truth Telling, Art History in the Digital Age of Global Uncertainty’

Association for Art History | Careers Day, Oxford, 11 November 2017

One-day event that will offer an introduction and insights into the range of careers that are open to students who have studied or enjoyed art history and visual culture.

Association for Art History | Ways of Seeing Conference, London, 25 November 2017

Ways of Seeing 2017, London, 25 November 2017. One-day event for A level students and teachers doing Art & Design or History of Art.

Turner and the Whale Symposium, Hull Maritime Museum, 28 October

The day will comprise a number of short position papers from some of the most established scholars in the field alongside a number of exciting new voices, from the fields of marine painting, critical animal studies, interdisciplinary folk art and craft studies, Arctic studies, and British art history.

Conference – Writing Impressionism Into and Out of Art History, 1874-Today, Courtauld Institute of Art, 3-4 November 2017

New transnational approaches to nineteenth-century art history have troubled the perpetuation of Francocentric histories. This conference explores the globalization and localization of Impressionism.

Modern Classicisms: Classical Art and Contemporary Artists in Dialogue, King’s College London, 10 November

During the 2017–2018 academic year, King’s College London is hosting a range of events exploring contemporary responses to classical visual traditions.

Association for Art History | New Voices, Birmingham, 11 January 2018

New Voices 2018, University of Birmingham, 11 January 2018. One-day event for new research about art, art history and visual culture.

Should every picture tell a story? John Berger on film – The National Gallery, 28 October 2017

Organised and presented in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI), a panel of art and film experts celebrate the life and work of art critic and writer John Berger at a unique day of screenings and discussion, featuring rare films from the BFI National Archive.

Textile and Place Conference | Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth, 12 April 2018

The conference hosted by Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth draws upon Manchester past histories and contemporary associations with textile linked to place.