History of Art


CSCA: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art


The Centre seeks to generate debate concerning those pressing questions facing the contemporary condition of art, as well as providing a valuable space in which to work through the complex trajectories of contemporary art's long history. Engaging with the work being done by postgraduate students and staff in the department, the Centre provides a place to think, theorise and historicise contemporary art, exploring what it has become in light of the complex global, historical, social and political aspects of its current expanded field.

All events take place from 6pm in Seminar Room 3 and 4 at UCL History of Art Department, 20 - 21 Gordon Square, London  WC1H 0AG unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2020 Programme

Tuesday 14 JanuaryCSCA Steering CommitteeCANCELLED
Tuesday 21 JanuaryDrawing Project: Melanie Klein at the Wellcome

The Wellcome are kindly arranging a study room for us to look at and talk about selected drawings from Klein’s psychoanalytic sessions with children.

Tuesday 28 JanuaryConfrontations: Sessions in East European Art History

Research group leaders Maya Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes will talk about the Confrontations project followed by a reception in Room 3, 6-8pm.

Tuesday 25 FebruaryExhibition Visit

Donna Huddleston The Exhausted Student at Drawing Room.

The artist will talk about her new show. Meet at 4pm at

Drawing Room, 1-27 Rodney Place, London SE17 1PP
Saturday 29 FebruarySymposium

Pedagogic Relations: Art and Art History Saturday 29 February 2020 UCL, Institute of Advanced Studies, 1pm–7pm.

In examining the teacher-student relationship in the production and dissemination of art and art history, this conference will track art’s often overlooked intellectual histories. Within this pedagogic dynamic, what is replicated and what is changed? Where are the points of departure and do they always lead to progress? And, in the transmission of knowledge, what is lost and what is gained? Taking into account a diverse cast of pedagogues spanning from Isabel Rawsthorne to Theodor W. Adorno, and pedagogic models that range from universities to romantic relationships, this conference will look at how the relationship between teacher and student plays out in the making of art and its histories. Keynote: Elizabeth Price in Conversation with Adrian Rifkin 6pm - 7pm

Tuesday 10 MarchDrawing Project: The psychoanalyst-drawers: Klein, Winnicott, Milner. 
Tuesday 17 MarchDrawing Project: Drawing and Dance 

Autumn 2019 Programme

Tuesday 22 OctoberFunding Advice SessionSeminar room 3, 4.30pm
Monday 28 OctoberThe Word Is ThenSeminar room 6, 5-8pm
Friday 1 November

Artist's Talk

Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya)

Jointly funded by CSCA and SSEES in collaboration with PPV (Perverting the Power Vertical: Aesthetics and Politics in the Global East)

5-8pm, IAS Forum

Monday 4 NovemberReading group

PPV #11: The Perils of Perversion in the Age of Populism

A PPV Reading Week Reading Group (PPV ReWeReGo) with Keti Chukhrov

Masaryk Room, SSEES, 1pm
Tuesday 19 NovemberDrawing Workshop 1

The Scribblers: Short papers on Rosemarie Trockel, Arshile Gorky and Adrian Piper followed by discussion.

Seminar room 6, 5.30-8.30pm

Thursday 21 NovemberGallery visitCSCA Renee Mussai, senior curator at Autograph, will give a tour of the current exhibition of Lina Iris Viktor at 6.30. Please meet at Autograph, Rivington Place
Tuesday 26 NovemberSteering Group meetingCANCELLED

Previous Programmes