About us

The British Art Research School is a community of art historians and postgraduate students with a shared interest in the art of the British Isles and associated historical territories from the late antique to the present day. Members of the School explore British art from a wide range of theoretical and historiographical positions, and in relation to local, continental, imperial and post-colonial cultures. Since its launch at the University of York in 1998, staff and students connected to the School have made important contributions to the field of British art studies through major exhibitions, publications, conferences and other events.

The British Art Research website was founded in 2010 by Caroline Good, Catherine Spencer and Sean Willcock, then PhD students at the University of York, with the aim of bringing together art historians from around the world to discuss their work and exchange ideas. In 2014 a new editorial board was established to develop the site. You can find information about current contributors and their research interests on the ‘our team‘ page.

The website includes notices of forthcoming events, exhibitions and publications related to the field of British art history, along with regular reviews and research updates from art historians at York and elsewhere.

For enquiries about British Art Research at York please email richard.johns@york.ac.uk.