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.


15 June 2020

Learning to curate online!

Our MA Art History and Curating students discussing completing their courses during Lockdown.

11 December 2019

The Weimar Years

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'.

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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.

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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.