News from York Art Historians past and present

Posted on 31 October 2017

It's always nice to hear what our current and former students are getting up to, and we're delighted to share news from some of our recent alumni.

For more information on what our students do after graduation, visit our alumni profile pages.

Hin Hin Wong, a History of Art BA graduate from 2013, has recently commenced as a graduate trainee on Christie’s 18-month Graduate Training Programme in Hong Kong. Her success follows the completion of a taught Masters at Christie’s Education on the Arts of China and the award of the Richard Nicolas Prize for outstanding academic achievement. Hin Hin fought off stiff competition from 1,000 other graduates to win one of ten places offered across London, New York and Hong Kong. Her long-term career goal is to become an Asian art specialist and auctioneer at Christie’s.  For more details: www.christies.com/about-us/welcome-to-christies/training/

Isabella Boorman, who was an undergraduate in History of Art at York from 2010-2013, has curated “Sidney Nolan and Graham Sutherland: A Sense of Place” at Oriel y Parc Gallery, St Davids in her role as Curator of Art Exhibitions at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales. The exhibition is open from 30 September 2017 – 28 January 2018. 

The exhibition focuses on both artists’ sense of place, exploring how their artistic styles evolved due to their strong connections to their surroundings; Nolan at The Rodd, and Sutherland in Pembrokeshire. Many works in the exhibition have not been on display before to a public audience, making a unique opportunity to view these works for the first time.

The Exhibition is organised in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, the Sidney Nolan Trust and Oriel y Parc, St Davids. More details: www.sidneynolantrust.org/events-programmes/whats-on/sidney-nolan-and-graham-sutherland-a-sense-of-place

A current second-year HoA PhD student, recently awarded a Santander Business Accelerator grant, is aiming to support the creative industries with her company’s PR offer.

Julie Whyman, who is researching Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s use of flowers with her thesis: ‘DGR’s Floral Imaginarium: Specimen, Symbol, Synonym, Spectre’, founded her new business thanks to a UoY proof of concept award earlier this year. The additional boost from Santander over the summer has acted as a catalyst for significant growth and her established team now works closely with an extensive network of national mainstream and digital broadcast and digital journalists to promote companies throughout the UK.

Said Julie: “The careers department at UoY helped me to access funding to set up and also assisted in the acquisition of support from Santander. One of our first projects was a London-based street art initiative – a partnership between the University of Arts London and Attic Self Storage. Market Road, the UK’s first open air bookable art gallery, offers everyone the chance to create artwork, while interactive community feedback informs which works will get to stay. Taking part empowers local communities to help curate and shape how the gallery develops, and how it serves the neighbourhood. We have felt really privileged to have been involved and hope to work on other ground breaking projects into 2018.”

Julie and her team can be contacted at www.stefanius.co.uk. More details on the Market Road Gallery can be found at https://urbankulturblog.com/2017/08/13/street-art-by-democracy-the-market-road-gallery/