Art History in the Pub

Art History in the Pub is a series of talks that take place each month. Art History in the Pub reflects the AAH's commitment to bringing interesting, cutting-edge art-historical research to a wider, public community. Talks are free, and open to all, no booking required. 

If you're not an AAH member, but want to keep up to date with our activities, click here to subscribe to our free events mailing list.

Art History in the Pub, Bristol

Next event: Monday 23 May, 7pm

Speaker: Jo Kear, ‘Self(ie) importance: a few thoughts on self-portraiture in the age of the selfie.’

For our next Art History in the Pub in Bristol, we welcome Jo Kear. Jo will discuss the recent explosion in interest, primarily through photography and social media, in self-portraiture. Through a broad exploration of notions such as ‘likeness’ (i.e. mimesis) and ‘identity’, she will make links between self-portraits old and new.

Jo is Curriculum Manager and Lecturer in Art History at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. She has taught Art History across a number of educational institutions over the years and has recently moved from a role as Head of Department at the Bristol School of Art, Queens Road (part of SGS College) to a new post leading teams on the development of degree-level courses across the College.


The White Bear
113 St Michael’s Hill

Forthcoming events:

Monday 27 June, 7pm
AHITP, Bristol

Speaker: Grit Eckert, 'A walk down the Hill: Traces of Scene Painting in Bristol'

Grit is a scenic artist as well as a research student at Bristol University. She will talk about her research on theatrical scene painting with an emphasis on Bristol. This niche profession often goes under the radar as very little of the work of scenic artists survives.
Who are these people? What do they do? Where do they do it?
Join Grit to learn more about this profession and its players by taking you on a tour through Bristol starting at the Art Gallery and concluding its journey down the hill at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where the next generation of scenic artists receive their training.


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.

Art History in the Pub, London

Meenwhile, we're contining to explore the options for more AHITP in London.

So this means that AHITP is currently looking for new pubs, in London and elsewhere, in which to carry on the regular talks as well as shorter series of pop-up talks.

If you know of pubs in central London that you think would be good, and keen, to host AHITP drop us a line as we're still looking at possible venue options. Similarly, if you'd be interested a organising a one-off or short series of talks at a pub near you let us know.

Look out for other AAH events coming up.

Previous AHITP Talks