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.

Departmental Statement

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.

Art in Manchester