History of Art


Public Engagement

Public engagement

Members of the History of Art Department at UCL regularly share their research outside academic settings. We’re keen to participate in activities that engage with new audiences and regularly collaborate with museums, art galleries and other public spaces.

Below you can find information on some of our recent public engagement activity.

21st-Century Mythologies with Richard Clay 

In November 2020, Dr Cadence Kinsey was interviewed for the BBC4 Documentary '21st-Century Mythologies with Richard Clay'. You can watch the documentary here. Richard Clay is also a UCL History of Art Alumni! 

La plata y el grabador en los andes virreinales

In November 2020, Dr Emily Floyd gave an online talk for the Museo Santa Clara in Bogotá. You can watch it here.  

British Art and Natural Forces: A State of the Field Research Programme

In October 2020, Dr Nicholas Robbins participated as a panel member in one of the events which made up the series 'British Art and Natural Forces: A State of the Field Research Programme' which ran from 6th October until 2nd November at the Paul Mellon Centre. You can learn more here and watch the videos here

Feminist perspectives on war

In May 2020, Professor Mignon Nixon contributed to a BBC World Service radio programme offering a feminist perspective on the American War in Vietnam through the prism of art. This is the main topic of Professor Nixon’s current book project, Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam. The programme explores five decades of protest art, with a particular focus on the American artists who were at the vanguard of opposition to the war.

Walking tours of London’s LGBTQ+ heritage

In 2018 Professor Bob Mills devised Hide & Seek, an innovative walking tour of Bloomsbury that was designed to throw light on the people and places that have contributed to the area’s rich and diverse LGBTQ+ heritage. The project grew out of Professor Mills’s sustained public engagement in the field of LGBTQ+ histories and equalities. In 2019 Professor Mills was awarded a Provost’s Public Engagement Award for his work on the Hide & Seek tour, which you can watch a short film about on YouTube.

Weaving in modern art

In 2018/19, Professor Briony Fer co-curated a major exhibition at Tate Modern on the Bauhaus weaver Anni Albers. As the first full-scale retrospective of the artist in a major international museum, the exhibition transformed knowledge and understanding about Albers and changed perceptions about the place of weaving – and textiles more broadly – within the history of modern art. Professor Fer was also responsible for several public talks associated with the exhibition, and appeared in BBC4’s Anni Albers: A Life in Thread and BBC Radio 3’s Haus: Work Women of the Bauhaus, both of which were first broadcast in 2019.

French revolutionary prints

Dr Richard Taws has recently co-curated two exhibitions on French Revolutionary prints in UCL Art Museum. In 2016, he helped curate Revolution Under a King: French Prints 1789–92 focused on prints from the early, highly volatile years of the French Revolution and was accompanied by a series of public events and talks, including a special concert by the UCL Chamber Music Club. This was followed in 2020 by Witnessing Terror: French Revolutionary Prints, 1792–94, which focused on the period of the French Revolution known as the Terror, and included new commissions by artists Sean Curran and Rebecca Loweth and the playwright Nicola Baldwin.