We would like to thank the generous support of our supporters for the 2021 annual conference.

Each year we work with one or multiple institutions who help us host and deliver this key international event. For 2021 we have been working with the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham, and museums and galleries in and around Birmingham. As a place Birmingham has a rich and important history and location. It connects us historically and contemporaneously to vibrant and often challenging art histories. From its Victorian status as the ‘workshop of the world’ and proximity to the Jewellery Quarter and the Potteries, to the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art at Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries, a home for refugees from Nazism, the cradle of Black British Art in Wolverhampton, and socially-engaged contemporary arts organisations including Ikon and Grand Union. Even virtually, we hope to bring you a bit of brilliant Birmingham,and what it has to offer for new encounters with art history.

Our thanks to colleagues at the University of Birmingham, particularly Elizabeth L’Estrange, Claire Jones and Greg Salter, who have so generously given their time to help shape this event into one that we expect delegates will find stimulating and enjoyable.

And thanks to Matt Clulee, Events Manager at the University of Birmingham for his time and support during the past year of uncertainty and the fantastic Birmingham art history students who took on the challenge to train and support the conference virtually from their own homes.



Prestel is one of the world’s leading publishers of books on art, architecture, photography and design. Prestel's books are exquisitely designed and visually stunning, from pop culutre and fashion to major exhibition catalogues. Prestel is the publisher for art lovers, designers and all those with an eye for beauty.


Our thanks to Prestel for their continued sponsorship each year towards the conference assistants.


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is the art gallery, principal art collection and original concert hall for the University of Birmingham, and is housed in a purpose-built, Grade 1 listed Art Deco building. Widely recognised as one of the finest small art galleries in Europe, the Barber’s collection, displayed in four main gallery spaces, includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, coins and many other art objects. 

Perhaps best known for its major French 19th-century paintings, including world-class Impressionist masterpieces (by artists including Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas), the gallery also boasts beautiful Renaissance panel paintings and key canvases by Baroque Italian and Dutch and Flemish masters. The collection is enhanced by a year-round programme of exciting temporary exhibitions. 

To find out more about the Barber and their rich learning programmes, including Barber Home, please visit the website.


Our thanks to The Barber Institute who have given their time and support towards the Fringe Programme.



Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery situated in central Birmingham. Established in 1964 by a group of artists, Ikon is an educational charity and works to encourage public engagement with contemporary art through exhibiting new work in a context of debate and participation. Entry is free.

The gallery programme features artists from around the world and a variety of media is represented, including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Ikon’s off-site programme develops dynamic relationships between art, artists and audiences outside the gallery. Projects vary enormously in scale, duration and location, challenging expectations of where art can be seen and by whom.

Education is at the heart of Ikon’s activities, stimulating public interest in and understanding of contemporary visual art. Through a variety of talks, tours, workshops and seminars, Ikon’s Learning Team aims to build dynamic relationships with audiences, enabling visitors to engage with, discuss and reflect on contemporary art. 


Our thanks to Ikon who have given their time and support towards the Fringe Programme.



The Arts Council Collection is a national loan collection of British art from 1946 to the present day. With over 8,000 works and more than 1,000 loans made to over 100 venues a year, it is seen by millions of people in public spaces from galleries and museums to hospitals, libraries and universities. Representing one of the most important collections of British modern and contemporary art in the world, it includes work from Barbara Hepworth, Tracey Emin and Henry Moore to Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor and Grayson Perry. The Collection supports and promotes British artists by acquiring art at an early stage of their careers. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London and includes the Sculpture Centre located at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


Our thanks to The Arts Council Collection who have given their time and support towards the Fringe Programme.