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Art History & Creative Arts Higher Education and Careers Conference and Fair

  • ICA The Mall London, England, SW1A 2BJ United Kingdom (map)

AHiS are teaming up with Easel to host this event at the ICA in London.

Saturday 9th June is day for Sixth Form students to discover Art History and the Creative Arts through a series of inspiring seminars, workshops and career talks. This event will provide opportunities for students to learn what these subjects can offer them and to discuss their futures with current Art History and Creative Arts undergraduates and teachers from universities across the UK.

Guest speakers include:

James Fox (University of Cambridge), Jannane Al-Ani (London College of Communication), Gill Perry (Open University), Cadence Kinsey (York University), Natalie Walton (Arts Council Collection)

The day will enable sixth form students to find out about Art History and the Creative Arts, showcasing the unique skills and future opportunities that the study of these subjects can offer. The morning will feature a series of inspiring and informative 30-minute talks by Dr James Fox, artist Jannane Al-Ani, Gill Perry and Cadence Kinsey, as well as a range of arts careers talks, with speakers including Natalie Walton (Arts Council Collection). In the afternoon, the Higher Education & Careers Fair will give students the opportunity to meet undergraduate student representatives from a wide range of Art History and Creative Arts higher education courses across the UK. Also running throughout the afternoon will be a series of workshops including ARTiculation, Art UK, SPoKE, personal statement workshops and more.



09:00 – Registration and coffee.

09:20 – Welcome from Art History in Schools and Easel

Cinema 1

09:30 – Theresa Morgan: Taster - An Introduction to Art History in Schools

09:45 – James Fox (University of Cambridge): Art History on Television

10:15 – Jannane Al-Ani (London College of Communication): Telling Tales

10:45 – Refreshment Break

11:00 – Gill Perry (Open University): Fighting for Art History - For 40 Years

11:30 – Cadence Kinsey (York University): Not Just Art, Not Just History

Cinema 2

09:30 - Charlotte Maxwell (Easel): The Easel Initiative: An insight into your future Art Career

09:45 - Natalie Walton (Arts Council England): Arts Council Collection is My Collection

10:15 - Nicolas Oddy (Glasgow School of Art): Thinking About Things

10:45 - Refreshment Break

11:00 - Clem Hitchcock (HENI Talks): Producing and Directing HENI Talks

11.15 - Matthew Sanders (Magic Lantern Arts): Art History: Going Full Circle

11:30 - Emily Medd (British Council): Check it out: A talk on the infinite possibilities of Art History

11:40 - Sarah Davies (A New Direction): Making ways through unknown territory: Navigating a career in the arts


12:00 - 16:30 - Higher Education & Careers Fair


13:00 - Josepha Sanna (ARTiculation): ARTiculation: Discover your inner public speaker

13:30 - Katy Blatt (Godolphin and Latymer School): History of Art Oxbridge Personal Statement Workshop

14:00 - Laura Woodfield (Art UK): Write on Art Workshop

14:30 - Tea Break

15:00 - Michelle Salamon (Central Saint Martins): UAL Art Portfolio Workshop

15.30 - Tom Parsons (St. Mary's School, Ascot): SPoKE Art Documentary Film Competition

16:30 - Close


* Please note that unfortunately we are unable to provide lunch for this event. However, we encourage attendees to make use of the ICA's Cafe to continue the discussion.



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.



About the speakers:


Dr James Fox is British art historian and BAFTA nominated broadcaster. He is a Research Fellow in History of Art at the University of Cambridge, specialising in 20th century art. Fox is also a BBC Arts television presenter, with past programmes including "The Art of Japanese Life" (2017), "Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?" (2016) and "A History of Art in Three Colours" (2012). He was selected as one of Apollo Magazine's '40 Under 40': the 'most talented and inspirational young people who are driving forward the art world today'.


Jannane Al-Ani is an Irish-Iraqi artist, born in Kirkuk, Iraq. She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. Working with photography, film and video, Al-Ani has an ongoing interest in discussions around identity and the documentary tradition, through intimate recollections and more official accounts. Her work also engages with the landscape of the Middle East, its archaeology and its visual representation. Solo exhibitions of her work have been shown at Tate Britain, London (2005) and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (1999). 


Gill Perry is an Emeritus Professor of Art History at the Open University and was head of the department of History of Art from 2005-2008. She is Chair of the Open Arts Archive, a major website and archive which stores collaborative events and art projects organized by the Open University and fifteen collaborating museums and galleries across the UK. Her publications include Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction: The Early Twentieth Century (1993).


Cadence Kinsey is a lecturer in History of Art at York University, specalising in Recent and Contemporary Art. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s "Street Art" series. Her research centres on the histories of art and technology, as well as live art and performance from the 1960s to today. Prior to joining York University, she taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules at UCL, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Slade School of Fine Art and Imperial College London.



Who is this event for?

This event is for sixth form students from all backgrounds and schools who are interested in future careers or higher education courses in Art History or the Creative Arts. It is also for teachers of these disciplines, art history undergraduates and other members of the public who would like to benefit from a broader understanding of higher education and career opportunities in Art History and the Creative Arts.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us via email at

How do I get there?

Click here to view the available transport links. The nearest underground stations are Charing Cross (Northern/Bakerloo Lines & National Rail) and Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly/Bakerloo Lines). 

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