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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.
Our Barber Institute of Fine Art offers students a first-rate learning environment
Posted 17 April 2018
Professor Matthew Rampley awarded a €2.4 million Advanced Grant by the European Research Council.
Posted 11 April 2018
Bringing together 11 public art collections across the Midlands and researchers from the University of Birmingham, issue one of new online research resource and journal 'Midlands Art Papers' (MAP) is now live.
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We are proud to offer throughout the academic year a series of events and research seminars closely tied to the department academic work.
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.
The official Facebook page for the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham.