Posted on 13 January 2009
Professor Mark Hallett, Head of Department of the History of Art, has been awarded a major AHRC grant for a 3-year research project entitled 'Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735.' The project has been developed in collaboration with Tate Britain, and is intended to provide a new history of British art in this period, one that will be communicated through an innovative mixture of exhibitions, conferences, scholarly publications and online displays. The award includes provision for a post-doctoral research assistant to work with Professor Hallett and his colleagues at the Tate, and for two PhD students who will study specific aspects of the topic.
The project will build on Professor Hallett's experience of working with Tate Britain on three previous exhibitions, including the recent international exhibition on the eighteenth-century artist William Hogarth. 'As well as confirming York's status as a leading international centre for the study of British art' says Profesor Hallett, 'this project will strengthen the growing links between the department and Tate Britain. It will also revitalise the study of a remarkably rich, vibrant and cosmpolitan period of British art, one that has tended to be overshadowed by the achievements of earlier artists such as Van Dyck and later artists such as Hogarth.'