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.


01 November 2018

10 place rise in THE World University Rankings 2019

We are now ranked 70 in the subject ranking for arts and humanities, which covers art, performing arts, design, languages, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, theology, architecture and archaeology.

25 October 2018

Maman: Vuillard and Madame Vuillard

Curated by Dr Francesca Berry, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, Maman: Vuillard and Madame Vuillard (19 October 2018 to 20 January 2019) focuses on Vuillard's fascination with his mother's roles as care-giver and housewife, artisan and businesswoman.

23 October 2018

All about his mother

Laura Cumming reviewing 'Vuillard and Madame Vuillard' for the Observer.

26 September 2018

RBSA Gallery BSL Tour

On Wednesday 26th September at 2pm, the RBSA Gallery are inviting the public to a 'RBSA Gallery BSL (British Sign Language) Tour'. The tour will be free to attend, led by artist Olivier Jamin and Brendan Flynn, RBSA Professor of Art History. Discover more in the latest MAP blog post.

24 September 2018

Cook's New Clothes Collaboration

Cook's New Clothes is a collaboration between Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Kirill Burlov, Ludovica Fales, Nikolaus Gansterer, Ruby Hoette, Simon Layton, Mo'ong and Keren Ruki to create a series of events carried by music, regalia, dance, drawings and spoken words.

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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.