About Art History at Manchester
Home to an internationally renowned creative scene and world-class researchers, Manchester is the perfect place to discover art history.
We, the staff of the department of Art History and Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester, abhor racism and are committed to redressing the issues of discrimination and racialised disadvantage within our disciplines and our own teaching and research practice, and to decolonising our curriculum. We condemn the institutionalised racist oppression that led to the killing of George Floyd and fully support the Black Lives Matter movement. We are determined to produce a departmental culture which welcomes and supports BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disabled students and staff, and where every one is equally recognised and can flourish.
At Manchester we are noted for our strong interdisciplinarity, and you'll benefit from our strengths in Renaissance Studies, Romanticism, modern and contemporary art, as well as architectural history, museum studies and the intersections of art and science.
Manchester is also globally renowned for its arts and cultural offer. The city is home to major galleries including The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery and The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. You’ll also have exclusive access to University-owned cultural resources including The Whitworth Art Gallery and The John Rylands Library, a spectacular neo-Gothic building housing one of the world’s finest collections of medieval illuminated manuscripts and rare books.
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Art in Manchester
Art is everywhere in Manchester. Every year the city holds a street art festival where artists from around the world transform iconic Manchester buildings.
Manchester is home to The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA). CFCCA is the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art, producing an internationally renowned artistic programme and developing a reputation as a centre for research.
The John Rylands Library on Deansgate is home to a number of special collections and boasts stunning late Victorian architecture. The library is maintained by The University of Manchester and is open to the public.
The Manchester Art Gallery on Mossley Street is home to more than 25000 objects of interest and is open to the public seven days a week. The architecture alone is staggering, it's three interconnected buildings incorporating classic and modern designs.
The Manchester Museum on our Oxford Road campus is home to many archaeology, anthropology and natural history exhibits. The museum is owned by The University of Manchester and is free to the general public.
The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is a performance space situated at the heart of our campus. The Centre offers students a fantastic space in which to study and perform, as well as hosting many professional musicians, performers and prize-winning authors.