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A day for arts and humanities teachers to share, expand and practise their specialist skills in visual analysis and investigative methodology in the expanding field of Art History.

Guest speakers: Dr Janina Ramirez & Jeremy Deller.

The day will focus on two themes from the new global 2017 Art History A Level specification: 'Art & Identities' and 'Art & War'. Radical Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller will discuss his own work in relation to war and conflict past and present, while Janina Ramirez will outline her journey from historian to art historian.

In the afternoon workshops there will be hands-on opportunities for classroom activities, with teachers actively working on case studies – including European and non-European traditions in art over the two themes.


09:30 – Registration and coffee.

09:45 – Sarah Phillips & AHiS: Welcome

09:50 – Gus Casely-Hayford: 'Rethinking African Art History'

10:20 – Jeremy Deller in conversation with Sarah Phillips: 'Art, War and Conflict Past and Present'

11:00 – Coffee and biscuits

11:30 – Janina Ramirez: 'From Historian to Art Historian'

12:10 – Sarah Phillips: 'Why Art History Matters'

12:40 – Leah Clark: 'Open University: Open Arts Archive'

12:50 – Lunch*

14:15 – Programme of three rolling workshops focussed on War in Art & Architecture:

  • Grant Rogers (Artist and Museum Educator) 'British by Design: Signs and Symbols of the Nation State'

  • Munira Mohamed (Learning & Programme Manager, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton) 'The World Wars and their relationship with Independence Movements in Africa'

  • Jonathan Casely (Art Historian and teacher), 'Case Studies: Otto Dix and Steve McQueen's 'Queen and Country'

15:30 – Pippa Couch (Schools Programme Manager, National Portrait Gallery): 'Art & Identities: Portraits, Power & Propaganda'

16.00 – Plenary discussion: Art History in schools, the way forward.

16:30 – End

* Please note that unfortunately we are unable to provide lunch for this event. However, we encourage attendees to make use of the ICA's Cafe to continue the discussion.


Rather than charging for entry to this event we're asking those who can to make a donation to Art History in Schools. A donation enables us to ensure Art History is made available to more young people from diverse backgrounds in the UK. The suggested donation amount is £50.


About the speakers:


Artist Jeremy Deller works in a variety of media from installations, to video, to posters with a strong focus on provocative political work. He has a BA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute and an MA from Sussex University, won the Turner Prize in 2004 and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2013. His most powerful work often involves public collaboration and includes his re-enactment of the 1984 Miners’ Strike with The Battle of Orgreave (2001) and a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, We’re Here Because We’re Here (2016). He has opposed cuts in public funding to the arts and was a vocal supporter in the recent campaign to save Art History in schools.


Dr Janina Ramirez is a cultural historian currently based at the University of Oxford. Although originally a medievalist, her research and broadcasting career have continually enabled her to consider everything from classical architecture to the art of Tracy Emin. Her most recent projects include a hugely popular podcast, Art Detectivend the BBC series, An Art Lover's Guide To, featuring Barcelona, Amsterdam and St Petersburg.


Sarah Phillips is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute and has taught A Level Art History and English Literature for more than ten years. She has considerable experience with a wide range of students in both small and large classes most recently at Godalming Sixth Form College. Sarah has worked extensively with Pearson / Edexcel on the new A Level Art History specification and is eagerly looking forward to the introduction of art from beyond the European tradition and to the widening participation in Art History.


Who is this event for?

This event is for Art, English, History, Philosophy, Sociology and all other arts & humanities teachers who would like to benefit from a broader understanding of how to use visual imagery and art history in the classroom.

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