VAR News Update | Feb-Apr 2017

February-March sees the launch of a programme of exciting new research events, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing the newest directions and international collaborations in Visual Arts Research within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, at Coventry University.



Spotlight for Winter-Spring season 2017 is the new Transnationalism’ Guest Seminar series, featuring papers by three leading UK and international experts on Globalizing the business of art;  Empire and identity, and Curation as a transnational practice:

Wednesday 1 March 2017 | Dr Jan Baetens (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Literary and Culture Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen). ‘National Brands and International Trade in the Nineteenth-Century Art Market: from the General Exhibition to the French Gallery’.  Venue: Bugatti Seminar Room, Bugatti Building, Coventry University. 2:15 – 4:00pm (with refreshments): ALL WELCOME

Wednesday  15 March 2017 | Dr Sarah Victoria Turner, Assistant Director, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.‘New Perspectives on Anglo-Indian Artistic Exchange’. Venue: Bugatti Seminar Room, Bugatti Building, Coventry University. 2.15-4.00pm (with refreshments): ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 3 May 2017 | Dr Ben Thomas, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Theory, Curator Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent.‘Curating the Gallery as a Space of Transnational Engagement’. Venue: Bugatti Seminar Room, Bugatti Building, Coventry University. 2.15-4.00pm (with refreshments): ALL WELCOME


‘Visions of Art’: the visual arts interdisciplinary research seminar series returns in 2017  

Calls to contribute to the new series, themed on ‘Future-Past’ will go out early March. This series is to provide a platform for trialling new research, emerging early-career research and PhD students to present papers/panel or projects in a context of informal feedback and knowledge-sharing with a view to developing for external conferences, publication or exhibition.



The NAFAE Annual Symposium and Exhibition: ‘The Artist as Superconductor/Superconnector’, convened by Jane Ball, exploring new modalities and practices takes place on 24th March 2017.

In April Professor Jill Journeaux (Coventry University) and Dr Deborah Harty (Loughborough University) deliver Academic Session 11: ‘Drawing in the Age of the Artist as Networker’,at the Association of Art Historians 2017 (AAH2017) Annual Conference, Loughborough University, 6-8 April 2017.



Research Fellowships and Creative Residencies

Research Fellowships and Creative Residencies have been developed with key partner institutions.

  • Compton Verney Internships (2 months, from April 2017).
  • British Council-FAH Venice Biennale Fellowships (4 per annum).
  • Hoskins Houses Trust, Warwicks (2 HHT creative/literary Residency awards per annum).
  • Coventry-Helsinki Exchange:  research seminar exchange programme with Finnish National Gallery /Ateneum Art Museum and partners.

More information about these will feature on the VAR website in the coming months.



Spring/Summer 2017

Coventry University-University of Warwick NEW COLLABORATIONS | Announcing the inaugural Coventry-Warwick 2017 Joint Research Students’ Symposium 11 May 2017, University of Warwick, Dept of History of Art followed by BARBECUE.

From April – VAR ‘Visions of Art’ interdisciplinary research seminar series RETURNS with ‘Future-Past’ ― Look out for CFP, early March 2017.

‘GOTHIC MODERNISMS’ – a two-day International Conference, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 29-30 June 2017, organized by Professor Juliet Simpson and Dr Tessel Bauduin (UvA), PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE at The Rijksmuseum and  For further details, please contact Dr Andrea Hannon (Conference Officer, UK),

Enid Marx Reflected | Marx-Lambert Artistic Interventions and Exhibitions, Compton Verney Museum, 2018

Curated by Prof. Jill Journeaux with Dr Kollette Super, Jane Ball, Francis Lowe, Dr Jonathan Waller, Dr Andrea Hannon and Lisa Hannon. Showcasing a series of new exhibitions, research and interventions in the Enid Marx-Lambert Folk Art Collections in collaboration with Compton Verney Museum, February -December 2018.

Follow links for more information in relation to events. For any further enquires or any questions these should be directed to (Dr Andrea Hannon – Research Assistant in Visual Art and Art History).