About

Image: Heslington Hall with 'Dryad' by Austin Wright (1984). University of York / SuzyHarrison cropped

York Art History Collaborations (YAHCs) was established by the Department of History of Art at the University of York in January 2016. It exists to oversee the Department’s network of existing partnerships, and to encourage future collaborations with other external partners.

The History of Art Department has a long-standing reputation for collaboration with museums, art galleries, and other heritage organisations. We are committed to working in partnership with colleagues in museums and galleries. We believe that this enriches everything that we do—both as researchers and teachers. Working in collaboration enables us to produce high-quality, original research, and to reach audiences not normally accessible to university academics.

Partners

We have developed particularly successful relationships with the National Gallery, London, Tate Museums, the V&A, and York Museums Trust. We also enjoy excellent relationships with museums, galleries and country houses in the north of England—including the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Castle Howard, The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Henry Moore Institute.

Exhibitions

Our academic staff regularly guest curate and co-curate exhibitions in museums and galleries at home and abroad. Recent shows include William Etty (20011-12) and Flesh (2016-17) at York Art Gallery, Mondrian and his Studios at Tate Liverpool (2014), Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain (2015), Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting and Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance at the National Gallery, London (both 2014), and Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm at the Friesmuseum, Holland (2016). Between them, these exhibitions have attracted more than a million visitors.

Grants

As well as exhibitions, we collaborate on major research projects. In the last decade we have received 2.5M of AHRC funding to work on joint research projects with Tate Britain, the National Gallery, London, and the Houses of Parliament.

Students

Our students are no less involved. We have co-supervised more than a dozen PhDs with museums and galleries, and we have a successful programme of MA studentships that allow postgraduates to gain work experience while researching works of art and associated archives in museums and galleries. Our undergraduates also benefit from our links with museums and galleries. In 2017 we launch a new BA degree in Curating and Art History.

Work with us

We always welcome approaches from museums and galleries—whether small or large, local or far away—to work with us.

This website describes our activities—past, present and future.