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Patron: Griselda Pollock

Griselda Pollock is the Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds. For 40 years she has dedicated herself to teaching, and researching and expanding the ways we study, and interpret the art of the past and the present as a way to understand our societies, world histories and ourselves.  She challenges the isolation of art from society and history, and from other forms of visual culture, like cinema and the media. Above all, her many books make visible the women artists of all nations and ethnicities.

All the big issues: class, race, gender, sexuality, power, fantasy, the body, the city, utopias, passion, fear, story-telling, imagining other worlds, encounters with other times, places, cultures, history, memory, horror, trauma: all these are what you learn about when you study art’s many histories. It is the subject if you want to learn to look, to learn to see and to learn to understand the world, past and present, here and there.