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.
27 August 2020
Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange, Lecturer, and Head of the Department of Art History, Curating, and Visual Studies has recently received two publication subventions for her forthcoming monograph.
University of Birmingham Alumna, Chloe Church has been Awarded the 2020 Society of Biblical Literature - De Gruyter Prize in Biblical Studies.
24 August 2020
The 2019 Barber Institute exhibition 'The Paper Museum', curated by students on our MA Art History and Curating programme, has been shortlisted for the UK Museum and Heritage Award for Best Partnership of the year.
12 August 2020
Considering your options once you graduate this summer? Here are five reasons why a Masters degree in History of Art may be your perfect next step.
15 June 2020
Our MA Art History and Curating students discussing completing their courses during Lockdown.
03 June 2020
A new book co-authored by a University of Birmingham researcher sheds light into the experience of an immigration detention centre.
29 April 2020
Doctoral researcher, Stacey Kennedy has launched a 10-minute confidential online survey looking at the impact of Covid-19 on the African and African Diaspora visual arts community
23 April 2020
The UK's galleries and museums may be closed, but you can still explore their collections through The Guardian's quiz. Today, it's set by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
30 March 2020
Dr Emma West's article '"within the reach of all": Bringing Art to the People in Interwar Britain' has been published in the academic journal Modernist Cultures.
11 December 2019
For the centenary of the formation of the Weimar Republic, listen to Camilla Smith talk about the artwork of George Grosz, Otto Umbehr and Jeanne Mammen in episode 2 of 'The Weimar Years' for BBC3 Radio's 'The Essay'.
26 November 2019
Module Leader, Dr Sophie Hatchwell, interviewed about the postgraduate module.
13 November 2019
Midlands Art Papers (MAP) – has launched its latest annual issue which looks at inclusion and diversity in the Arts
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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.
How we are exploring issues of climate through the arts, humanities and law.
The College of Arts and Law is placed 67th in the Times Higher Education 2022 rankings, making it one of the best places for study and research in this field globally.