Bringing together current research and critical debate about art, art history and visual cultures. 
Birmingham 14 - 17 April 2021


At present we are working towards delivering a hybrid event that will involve a physical conference with digital participation options for those who cannot or would rather not attend in person. [July 2020]

It’s all about collaboration and partnership.
We believe that art history inspires you to think differently, and see differently. Every year we work with universities and colleges around the UK to create an event that encourages a broad and inclusive art history for all. This year we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Your opportunity to connect, convene and converge.
Taking place over four days the Annual Conference hosts speakers from around the world, and across multiple disciplines. Stay up to date with new research, and hear inspiring keynotes, the Annual Conference is an opportunity to broaden networks and exchange ideas. Connecting 500 delegates with and for art history.

Celebrating breadth, excellence and inclusivity.
Since 1974 the Association for Art History has championed a broad and inclusive art history, for which the Annual Conference is known and respected. No other annual event for art history in the UK offers the breadth and quality of research, in one place, at one time. 

A chance to share ideas and interests, in one place.
Presenting research at the Annual Conference has helped hundreds of speakers and convenors develop their research, expand their professional networks and build their personal and professional visibility. 

Making it relevant and valuable for you.  
In addition to sessions, the conference hosts a range of other activities. A bustling Bookfair with opportunities to meet with editors, a fringe programme of events, professional development workshops, inspiring keynotes, self-selecting networking opportunities, as well as a selection of local visits and tours.

You can pick and choose from 62 sessions and 300 research papers, and tailor the programme to your interests and needs. You can exchange and develop your research with like-minded people, and expand your networks and contacts. You can discuss and debate ideas within a collegiate space. Build upon your professional skills, grow your professional and personal visibility, and gain new perspectives. 

Who should attend the 2021 Annual Conference?
The Annual Conference is open to all.  If you are doing research about art, art history or visual culture it’s a perfect platform to share your research ideas. Or you can come along to listen and engage with new research.  or are inIt is particularly relevant  for those presenting new research. The Annual Conference is popular with academics, curators, artists, phd students, early career researchers, publishers, writers and anyone else engaged with art history research. The conference is open to art historians and non art historians, and to members and non members. Everyone is welcome.


University of Birmingham, Library

What People Value about the Annual Conference


  • “such a collegiate environment”
  • “high quality research, dialogue and debate”
  • “outstanding keynotes”
  • “excellent and stimulating range of research”


  • “I learned new things and was thoroughly engaged”
  • “meeting people with shared interests”
  • “exposure to a vast range of topics”
  • “new ideas and perspectives”

Become a Member


As a member of the Association for Art History you get discounted tickets for all our UK-wide events, including the Annual Conference



As a member of the Association for Art History you join a community of like-minded people with access to networks and support



As a member of the Association for Art History you have exclusive access to our grants, prizes and doctoral and early career mentoring scheme



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