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Sharing & Expanding Skills: Visual Analysis & Art Historical Methods for Art & Humanities Teachers

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom (map)

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 andConflict 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. Please see map for local lunch ideas.



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.




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.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us via email at

What's the refund policy?

We'll consider all reasonable refund requests.

How do I get there?

Click here to view the available transport links.

Is the venue accessible to all?

Click here to view advice on access to the ICA. Please contact us if you're worried about access requirements by emailing