Art History in the Pub - Past Talks

Past Speakers


AHITP, London
15 May, Lotfi Gouigah (McGill University) will speak on the career of pioneering American performance and multi-media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. 1941).AHITP

AHITP, Bristol

AHITP, Loughborough

AHITP, London


AHITP, Bristol,
28 November, Jenny Gaschke, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 'Drunk as a …Monkey? Telling images of drinking in the collection of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery'

AHITP, Bristol
31 October, Sophie Hatchwell (University of Bristol), 'Bodies in the Blitz: the war art of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde'.

AHITP, Bristol
26 September, Speaker: Luke Mitchell, 'Contemporary philosophers, court painters and making artworks: Is modern art’s job not only to show us who we are, but also help us?'

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

AHITP, Bristol
25 April, speaker Veronica Davies, ‘Painting Everyday Life: the role of adult education in the success of the Pitmen Painters’

AHITP Bristol
21 March, speaker Catrin Jones, 'Contemporary art at the Holburne'

AHITP Bristol
29 February, speaker: Claire Doherty, 'The Changing Face of Public Art Now' 

AHITP Bristol
25 January, speaker: Simon Shaw-Miller,  'A Few Thoughts on the Relationship Between Modernist Art, Music and Bicycles'


25 May, Speaker: Katrin Joost, 'Visualising the Animal'. Guest Curator: Nicola McCartney

27 April, Speaker: Jo Melvin, 'Gamekeepers or poachers? Barry Flanagan’s rural turn'
Guest Curator: Nicola McCartney

30 March, Speaker: Rosemarie McGoldrick, 'Spot the Bird'. Guest Curator: Nicola McCartney.

26 January, Steven Gartside, MMU, 'From the Indiscriminate to the Individual; via the Indistinct'. Guest Curator, Sam Gathercole.


24 November, Speaker: Janine Catalano, ‘Distasteful: Subversive Food in Surrealist Art'. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet.

27 October, Rodrigo Orrantia, 'Open For Business: British Industry in Contemporary photography'. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet.

29 September, 

28 July, Ben Street, "What A Jolly Boring Thing To Do": Art in Pop Music, 1967 - 2014. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet.

30 June, Carolyn Conroy, ‘Sins of the City’: The Arrest of Simeon Solomon in London, 1873. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet

28 April, Patrick Baty, 'The Artists of the Artists Rifles'. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet.

31 March, Sarah Turner, 'Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, mysticism and the visual arts'. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet.

24 February, Barrie Bullen, 'Raising the Dead: Spiritualism and the poetry and art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti'. Guest Curator, Christina Bradstreet.

27 January, Samantha Lippett and Helen Knowles, 'Birth Online/ Birth Offline'


25 November, Sonia Solicari; 'Curating the Neo-Victorian'

15 November, Paul Becker, The work and life of fictitious British sculptor Anton Lesseman (1899-1971)

28 October, Majella Munro, Shunga: Erotic Japanese Prints

23 September, Iain Borden, Skateboarding – an Urban Art

24 June, Rosalind McKever, Back to the Futurism! or, Why the Futurists loved Art History

27 May, Marion Endt Jones (University of Manchester), A Totalising Monster: Coral in Art and Culture

30 April, David Hopkins, Drunkeness. Edinburgh.

25 March, Janet Tyson (Independent Scholar) Strategies for mystery: Comparing René Magritte’s Menaced Assassin with Gerard David’s Nativity

25 February, Sarah Chaney (UCL) & Nicholas Tromans (Kingston), Art, the Archive and the Avant-Garde Asylum, c. 1890 - 1914

28 January, Jennifer Wallis (Queen Mary University of London), Picturing the psyche: Fragments of the insane body in the late 19th century


10 December, Lara Eggleton (University of Leeds), Gypsies or Moors?: re-staging Andalusian identity in the nineteenth-century photograph

29 October, Emily Candela (Royal College of Art), The Animated Atomic

24 September, Pip Patrick (UCL), Obese medieval monks: deconstructing the stereotype

3 September, Art History in the Pub Presents... 'The Lizardman Speaks! Erik Sprague in conversation with Matt Lodder

21 August, Claire Trevien (University of Warwick), Caricaturing Charlatans: Depictions of Science in French Revoltionary prints'

30 July, Paul Dobraszczyk (University of Manchester), 'Into the belly of the beast: exploring London's Victorian sewers'

18 June, Catherine Daunt (University of Sussex) 'Heroes and villains: portraits of the famous and the infamous in Tudor and Jacobean England'

28 May, Fern Riddell (King's College London), 'The Daunton-Shaws: Monarchs of the Wheel' Trick Cycling in the British Music Halls, 1899 - 1929

30 April, Lynda Nead (Birkbeck), 'Stilling the Punch: Boxing, Violence and the Photographic Image'

30 March, Elena Lipsos (University of Exeter), 'A Genealogy of Pin-Up: From 19th-Century Japanese ukiyo-e prints to the 1930s American Petty Girl.'

27 February, Nina Edwards (Freelance Writer & Researcher): 'On the Button'

30 January, Ben Zweig (Boston University), 'From Despair to Love: Picturing Suicide in Medieval Art'


9 December, Christina Bradstreet (Sotheby's Institute) 'Scented spectres and the smell of ghosts'

28 November, Petra Lange-Berndt (UCL) on 'Taxidermy and Colonial Practice'

24 October, Sam Gathercole (Croydon College of Art) on 'Signs of Post-War Housing'

26 September, Hannah Williams (University of Oxford) on "The Violent Suicide of François Lemoyne: An 18th-Century Art History Mystery"

22 August, Matt Lodder, "Not Just For Sailors Any More: Tattooing in the Media".

25 July, Camilla Smith (University of Birmingham), "Tourism, Sexology and Homosexuality in Curt Moreck’s Guide to “Depraved” Berlin (1931)"

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