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, Bristol
Monday 27 March 2017, 7pm

Venue: The White Bear, 113 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8BS 

Speaker: Madeleine Emerald Thiele, Post-Graduate Art Historian, Aberystwyth University

About the talk: For the sixth Art History in the Pub in Bristol 2016/17, we welcome Madeleine Emerald Thiele, a postgraduate Art Historian studying at Aberystwyth University. Madeleine's research looks at the angel in Pre-Raphaelite art, and nineteenth-century British art more generally. In this talk, she will discuss three portraits of Thomas Carlyle by G.F. Watts, and examine why Carlyle reacted to them with ferocity. Carlyle stated they made him look like a ‘mad labourer’; this talk will consider the ways in which these works show Watts’s aim to ennoble his subject, and the ways in which they align with Carlyle's writing on the ‘hero’. 


Future Talks

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, London
Monday 15 May 2017

Details tbc

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

George Frederic Watts, Thomas Carlyle, C. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford George Frederic Watts, Thomas Carlyle, C. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford