Welcome to the History of Art Department at UCL. This is one of the most exciting places in the world to study art history and visual cultures – our lecturers are leading researchers in their fields, teaching and researching in all periods from medieval to contemporary. We’re a community of scholars who are committed to pushing the critical boundaries of studying art in all its forms. We shape academic and public understanding of art and visual culture through our books and articles, the exhibitions we curate and the events we host, and we bring this expertise into our teaching at every level.
The Department is committed to widening access to the discipline and to developing a more inclusive environment for the study of art and visual cultures. We have a longstanding commitment to feminist art histories and to interrogating questions of gender and sexuality, race and class. Recently, in line with our aim to advance global understanding within art history, we’ve taken steps to expand the geographical horizons of our teaching and research with a series of transformative new appointments in art and visual cultures of the Global South.
But the History of Art Department isn’t just an intellectually stimulating place to work and study. We also pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming. The Department fosters a sense of community through social as well as research activities and by supporting our fantastic student-led History of Art Society. We’re dedicated to ensuring that every student and staff member feels welcome and supported.
In March 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Department moved swiftly to operating remotely. Our daily routines and working practices changed virtually overnight and I’m immensely proud of my colleagues’ efforts to continue to teach and support our students as we adjusted to this new set of circumstances. I’m also profoundly grateful to the student body for the support they’ve shown to staff and to each other during this challenging time. I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone back in the autumn and to leading the Department through its next chapter.
Bob Mills, Head of Department 2019–2024