Posted on 1 December 2009

Department news from December 2009

Professor Mark Hallett, who is currently writing a book on the art and career of the eighteenth-century British artist Sir Joshua Reynolds, recently gave a public lecture on 'Reynolds's portrait practice' at the University of Plymouth. The lecture coincided with the opening of a major new exhibition on the artist at Plymouth Art Gallery, entitled 'Sir Joshua Reynolds: the Acquisition of Genius'. Professor Hallett will be returning to Plymouth early in the new year to give another lecture on Reynolds, as part of a two-day scholarly conference - 'Reynolds Reappraised' - that has been organised to accompany the exhibition.


York’s new teaching and research link with Tate Britain 

A major new partnership has been established between the University of York and one of the UK’s leading art institutions.

The University’s Department of the History of Art has developed the new accord with Tate Britain.

From this academic year, a curator from Tate Britain will be teaching a full MA module in the Department every spring term. Meanwhile, an art-historian from York will spend an equivalent amount of time working on research and exhibition projects at Tate Britain. The partnership will run initially for three years.

The Head of History of Art at York, Professor Mark Hallett, says:“This is a wonderful opportunity for collaboration and exchange. It offers our MA students the chance to work with internationally renowned curators and for colleagues to pursue research in the world's leading collection of British art.” 

The new partnership reinforces the department's close relationship with Tate Britain, which is already expressed in the Arts and Humanities Research Council-supported three-year research project, 'Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735', currently being led by Professor Hallett and two colleagues from Tate Britain, Professor Nigel Llewellyn and Dr Martin Myrone. 

The first visiting curator to participate in the new partnership is Karen Hearn, Curator of Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century British Art at Tate Britain, who will teach a module entitled 'Painters and Painting in Tudor and Stuart Britain'.

Meanwhile, Dr Jason Edwards, a Reader in the Department, will work closely with Tate colleagues on research relating to Victorian sculpture in an international context.