Art History in the Pub

Art History in the Pub reflects the AAH's commitment to bringing interesting, cutting-edge art history to a wider, public community. Talks are free, and open to all. We are currently developing a new programme of one-off pop-up sessions as well as our regular series of talks. 

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Art History in in the Pub talks are always very informal. The talks are of general interest, and anyone is welcome to come along and listen and ask questions. Talks usually last for about 30 minutes, with a break for getting extra drinks, followed by general discussion.

AHITP is always free of charge and open to everyone.

Forthcoming Talks:

AHITP, Loughbourough 
Wednesday 22 February 2017, 7pm

Venue: The Hop Loft, The Swan in the Rushes, 21 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE

Speaker: Kathryn Brown (Loughborough University) will talk about 'Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins: Haunting Art History'

About the talk: Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins are depicted throughout European painting and pose a question that is central to the idea of representation: how can visual art depict beings that are essentially invisible? By bringing spectral creatures into the purview of painting, does art betray the very essence of 'ghostliness'? This talk considers ways in which artists have approached the depiction of otherworldy beings from scenes that are 'staged' in the manner of plays to the portrayal of fear itself. It then debates whether the idea of 'haunting' serves as a metaphor for art history, a means by which the past breaks into the present with the aim of conveying messages, communicating warnings, and telling stories. But the possibility of a mutual dialogue is also considered. If artworks create a role for the viewer in visual fictions, does art's audience figure as a ghost-like presence in the world of a painting.

AHITP, Bristol
Monday 27 February 2017
Speaker: Jon Bridle, University of Bristol
"At the edge of experience: curious explorers in science and art"

Jon Bridle, an evolutionary biologist, has collaborated with artists like Katie Paterson for the Bristol installation of Hollow, and Maria Teresa Avles for the Ballast Seed Garden. He'll be discussing some of what he's learned about scientific and artistic practice, and the connections he sees between them both now and in history.

Future Talks

AHITP, Bristol
Monday 27 March 2017
Speaker: Madeleine Thiele
Title and details tbc

AHITP, Bristol
Monday 24 April 2017
Speaker: Sarah Bodman
Sarah is an artist and Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the University of the West of England’s Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR). A well-published researcher on ‘artists’ books’, her own books are in collections including the Tate and the V&A. Sarah will discuss how artists work creatively with the book format, and show physical examples by national and international artists, including projects from the annual World Book Night event.

AHITP, Bristol
Monday 22 May 2017
Speaker: Simon Trapnell, 'Nature in Art'
Details tbc

If you are interested in organising a 'pop-up AHITP' or a short series of talks at a pub near you let us know.  Look out for other AAH events coming up.

Previous AHITP Talks