The Annual Conference brings together current research and critical debate about art, art history and visual cultures. This key annual event is an opportunity to keep up to date with new research, hear leading keynotes, broaden networks and exchange ideas.

Connect. Convene. Converge
Our 2020 Annual Conference will take place over three days in the vibrant city of Newcastle. Speakers from around the world and across disciplines will converge to talk about art history in its best and broadest sense.

Breadth. Excellence. Inclusivity
Since 1974 the Association for Art History has stood for a broad and inclusive art history, for which the Annual Conference is known and respected. There is no other annual event for art history in the UK that offers the breadth and quality of research, in one place, at one time.

In addition to research papers and panels, the conference keynotes offer delegates a unique opportunity to hear influential, international art historians, artists and curators talk about their work and practice.

The Annual Conference also includes a fringe programme of activities, sessions and workshops that involve local cultural institutions, or address current issues and topics within art history and visual culture, such as decolonising the curriculum and diversifying the subject.

One place. Many ideas. Shared interests
Presenting research at the Annual Conference has helped hundreds of speakers and convenors develop their research, expand their professional networks and build their personal and professional visibility. Because time and money are often squeezed, the Annual Conference supports a lot of research in one place, at one time.

Collaboration and Partnership
We believe that art history inspires you to think differently, and see differently. We work in partnership with universities around the UK to create an event that promotes a broad and inclusive art history for all. The 2020 Annual Conference is co-organised in partnership with Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

Open to all
The Annual Conference is open to all. It is for those presenting new research, and those wanting to listen and learn about new research. The Annual Conference attracts around 500 attendees each year. These include academics, curators, practitioners, phd students, early career researchers, non-art historians engaged with art history, publishers, writers and anyone else interested in art history research.

The 2020 Annual Conference offers every delegate the opportunity to:

  • pick and choose from over 200 research papers
  • exchange and develop research ideas
  • hear inspiring keynote speakers
  • build professional skills
  • discuss and debate in a collegiate environment
  • grow professional and personal visibility
  • meet like-minded researchers
  • gain new perspectives
  • expand networks and contacts
  • connect with academic publishers

Come along and enjoy one of the most rewarding academic conferences in the UK.


What People Value about the Annual Conference

We asked 2019 Annual Conference delegates what they found most valuable about attending


  • “such a collegiate environment”
  • “high quality research, dialogue and debate”
  • “outstanding keynotes”
  • “excellent and stimulating range of research”


  • “I learned new things and was thoroughly engaged”
  • “meeting people with shared interests”
  • “exposure to a vast range of topics”
  • “new ideas and perspectives”

Early booking deadline extended to: 13 January 2020

Become a Member


As a member of the Association for Art History you get discounted tickets for all our UK-wide events, including the Annual Conference



As a member of the Association for Art History you join a community of like-minded people with access to networks and support



As a member of the Association for Art History you have exclusive access to our grants, prizes and doctoral and early career mentoring scheme