The British Art Research School is an international community of scholars with a shared interest in the art of the British Isles and associated historical territories from the late antique to the present day. We enjoy a concentration of expertise in medieval stained glass, sculpture and architecture; seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architecture, painting, sculpture and graphic art; Victorian painting, sculpture and architecture; and modern British art and architecture.
Members of the School explore British art from a wide range of theoretical and historiographical position: alongside issues of materiality, iconography, class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, and in relation to local, continental, imperial and post-colonial cultures. Since its launch at the University of York in 1998, staff and students connected to the School have made many important contributions to the field of British art studies through major exhibitions, publications, conferences and other events.
The British Art Research School offers a broad range of taught modules at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and has a thriving community of research students.
Current and recent modules taught by members of the British Art Research School include:
The British Art Research School runs a very active programme of events each term. All details of forthcoming events will be advertised here and 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 website was founded in 2010 by Caroline Good, Catherine Spencer and Sean Willcock, then PhD students at the University of York, with the aim of bringing together art historians from around the world to discuss their work and exchange ideas. In 2014 a new editorial board was established to develop the site.