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 to us and why, as a charity, subject association and membership body, 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 about art history and visual culture.

Our annual grant giving programme is designed to encourage and promote good art history practice through awards and give financial assistance for research projects to those who cannot easily afford it.

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.


What we do

We champion a diverse art history through our events, publications, resources, grants, advocacy and membership.

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Art History is the leading academic journal in our field.

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Annual Conference

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

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Discover different perspectives on art history.

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Member benefits


Get access to exclusive news, 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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Connect with relevant art history for your school, university, gallery or museum.

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