Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies was established in 1990 and it has grown steadily in staff and student numbers since then. Teaching takes place in the Barber Institute. This houses an excellent and representative collection of post-medieval European art. The Department is recognised internationally for both its high level of student satisfaction and the quality of its research output.

World-class gallery

Our Barber Institute of Fine Art offers students a first-rate learning environment


Posted 28 April 2017

Round Table and launch of Feminist Domesticities

Dr Francesca Berry is to participate in a round-table discussion on the topic of Feminist Domesticities in Art and Art History at Raven Row gallery, London, on Saturday 6 May 2017,

Posted 20 April 2017

Student awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship

Cosmin Minea, PhD researcher in our department and Midlands3Cities scholar, has been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz.

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Forthcoming Events

We are proud to offer throughout the academic year a series of events and research seminars closely tied to the department academic work.

Our research blog

The Golovine

The Golovine is the official Blog for the Department and takes its name from one of the most popular artworks in the collection of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s c.1797 Portrait of Countess Golovine.

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