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.


26 February 2013

Regional Curatorship

Professor Matthew Rampley presents 'the European Position' at the Institute of Advanced Studies' workshop 'Regional Curatorship

11 January 2013

Hidden Gems - Jewellery Quarter

Marie Giraud, MRes History of Art, takes you on a cultural tour of the Jewellery Quarter - a hidden gem within Birmingham's city centre where creative industries flourish.

01 November 2011

A week in Paris

Report from second year student on the undergraduate study trip.

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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.

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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.