The British Art research school comprises an internationally unique and significant collection of scholars interested in art in the British isles and historical territories from the late antique to the contemporary periods.
We enjoy particular concentrations of expertise in medieval stained glass, sculpture and architecture; 17th- and early 18th-century architecture; 18th-century painting, sculpture and graphic art; Victorian and Modernist painting, sculpture and architecture; and British art since 1945.
The school considers British art as it has been produced in a diverse array of geographical, cultural and material contexts.
Working from a wide range of theoretical, historiographical and methodological positions, members of the school variously address British art in relation to issues of materiality, iconography, class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, as also in relation to local, continental, imperial and post-colonial cultures.
The British Art Research School offers a very broad range of options at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and has a sizeable, thriving community of research students.
Scholars connected with the British Art Research School have been responsible for a range of recent, internationally-significant exhibitions, and have published numerous important monographs, articles and essays on the subject.
The British Art Research School runs a very active programme of events each term. All details of forthcoming events will be advertised on the History of Art Department News and Events page. The details of all past events are kept in the News and Events archive.
The British Art Research School also runs a blog which lists forthcoming events and exhibitions concerned with British art studies internationally. It is one of the most up-to-date and exciting resources available for researchers of art in Britain.
The British Art Research School blog and e-bulletin are edited by History of Art Department PhD students Caroline Good, Catherine Spencer and Sean Willcock. Through the BARS blog and bulletin, we aim to build a community of scholars who are interested in British art studies.
The BARS blog contains a wealth of information about current research into the field of British art, including calls for papers, upcoming events, exhibitions and conferences, and listings of current research projects by Phd students and scholars. It is updated very regularly and is one of the most useful and up-to-date resources for anyone interested in British art studies.
An e-bulletin, the British Art Research Quarterly, is sent out electronically to the BARS mailing list. If you would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org