The Department of History of Art is moving through an exciting phase of growth and development. As the Department continues to expand, we are keen to develop the involvement of our alumni. To this end, we have launched these alumni web pages, which we hope will act as a platform via which alumni can share news and get involved in department events.
YorkSpace.net, the University of York’s new online community for alumni and friends launched in 2011 and we encourage all our alumni to sign up for the site for free. Through YorkSpace you can:
Date for your diaries!
The department is planning its next alumni event for the evening of Saturday 1st December 2012 at York Art Gallery. Keep an eye on the alumni events pages and the Facebook page for further event and registration details, which will follow soon.
Posted on 25 October 2012
History of Art alumnus, Tom Ransley, wins a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games
Rowing in the men's eight, Tom Ransley was part of the crew that won an Olympic bronze medal on 1st August 2012. Tom was a student in the History of Art Department from 2004-2007. Congratulations to Tom and the rest of the boat!
To see what other York History of Art graduates have done after leaving us, visit the Alumni profile page.
Posted on 2 August 2012
We will be developing these pages to include news about our alumni and to provide updates on departmental activities and our current students. Please come back soon to find out more.
We’d really like to hear from any former members of the department. If you have news you would like to share on this website, or just want to get in touch and join the alumni mailing list, please contact Susanna Broom.
4th June 2013
We are delighted to invite alumni to an informal drinks reception in London on Tuesday 4 June. The event will take place from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (16 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JA).
Colleagues and PhD students from the Department will be delighted to welcome you for drinks and nibbles, and Head of Department, Liz Prettejohn, will give a short update.
The event is free to attend, but you are requested to register online here.
21st June 2013
We would also like to invite alumni to an informal drinks reception in York on Friday 21 June. The event will take place from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Norman Rea Gallery in Derwent College (formally Langwith College). This event is timed to coincide with the university's Anniversary Celebration Weekend 2013, which sees alumni, retired staff and guests invited to take part in a range of seminars, debates, masterclasses, tours and social events on campus, and in the city. The weekend also coincides with the York Festival of Ideas, so there is something for everyone!
The department's event is free to attend, but you are requested to register online here.
We post details of alumni-specific events here as they arise, and we'd welcome suggestions from our alumni for events they would enjoy attending, or details of events they might be willing to host (please e-mail Susanna Broom to discuss your ideas).
You can also find details of upcoming departmental events on our departmental news and events pages. Alumni are always welcome to join us at these too!
1st December 2012
The department held its second winter alumni event in York on 1st December. The event, which took place at York Art Gallery, saw alumni catching up with tutors and meeting current students, as well as catching up with eachother. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to join us for what was a very enjoyable evening - we hope you enjoyed it too!
13th June 2012
After the success of the event at York Art Gallery in December, the Department held it's inaugural alumni event in London on 13th June, at Proud Gallery, Chelsea. The space is owned and run by York alumnus Alex Proud and, over the last ten years, Proud Galleries has become Europe’s most popular privately funded photographic gallery - a big 'thank you' must be sent to Alex and his team for their kind hospitality.
Colleagues and PhD students from the Department welcomed a number of alumni, and were very interested to hear about the diverse range of career paths our alumni are taking. Head of Department, Mark Hallett, gave a short update on departmental developments, and an outline of how we hope the department's alumni network will develop and grow over the coming months and years.
3rd December 2011
The department held it's first alumni event just before Christmas, at York Art Gallery. A number of alumni braved the elements and enjoyed a drinks reception at the gallery (including a private view of the gallery's William Etty: Art and Controversy exhibition), and the opportunity to catch up with old friends, and former tutors.
Didn't hear about this event? Please make sure you're signed up to receive updates from YorkSpace, via which the Development and Alumni Office issues invitations for alumni events.
In time, we’re hoping to develop a series of alumni talks for our undergraduate students. If you’d like to come and let our current students know what history of art did for you, then please get in touch with Susanna Broom.
York History of Art alumni were amongst those who kindly gave a careers talk to our undergraduates in June last year. The event focused on careers in curatorship and the heritage sector and the speakers included:
Since the University opened, many hundreds of students have passed through our doors in Vanbrugh, graduating with degrees from one of the top History of Art departments in the country. York History of Art graduates live and work around the world, pursuing a diverse range of careers. The following is just a small range of the destinations of our alumni:
You can read about the career paths of just a few of our alumni, and find out what art history did for them, on our Alumni Profile pages: