Art History Careers Day

These one-day events introduce people to options for future career development in art historical fields, and set out the opportunities available to students of art history. Careers Days are organised annually by the AAH Student Members Committee.

Art History Careers Day
29 October 2016
The Whitworth, University of Manchester

This year’s AAH Careers Day will be hosted by the University of Manchester in the newly refurbished Whitworth gallery. This event is aimed at recent graduates, undergraduates, sixth-form students and all those who are interested in pursuing a career in the increasingly competitive arts and heritage sector.

The Careers Day will bring together a wide range of speakers from different fields within the arts and heritage sector, who will share professional expertise and experience in areas such as curatorship, conservation, arts journalism, gallery marketing and education, and research.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore different career possibilities within the art world, and gain insights into what these professional positions might entail, including advice on freelance working. Refreshments will be provided during breaks between sessions in order to give participants the chance to talk informally with the speakers, and to discuss more specific careers advice.


10:20 -10:40 Registration

10.40 -11:00 Welcome introduction

Session 1
11:00 - 11:30 Denise Bowler, Learning and Engagement Manager, the Whitworth
11:30 - 12:00 Laura Robertson, Co-founder and Editor, The Double Negative

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break & Careers workshop (optional): Louise Sethi, Careers University of Manchester on Careers in the Cultural Sector

Session 2

13:30 -14.00 Kate Jesson, Exhibition Curator, Manchester City Galleries
14:00 -14.30 Lara Eggleton, Art Writer and Historian, University of York

14:30 -14.50 Tea/Coffee break

Session 3
14:50 - 15:20 Sara Potter, Conservator, the Whitworth 
15:20 - 15:50 Jack Welsh, Independent Researcher, Artist
15:50 - 16.00 Summary remarks and close

The event is open to both AAH members and non-members.


Standard rate: £12
Member rate: £8

Tickets include refreshments. Places are limited and tickets must be bought online in advance. 

Booking for this event is now closed.

The annual Art History Careers Day is organised by the AAH Student Members Committee. This year's event organisers are:

Rosalinda Quintieri: Anna Beketov: and Liz Mitchell

Previous Careers Days:

2015 - November, Firstsite, University of Essex, details
2014 - October, Barber Institute, Birmingham, details
2013 - October, University of Edinburgh, details
2012 - October, Courtauld Institute of Art, details
2012 - April, University of Leeds, details
2011 - November, Unviersity of York, details
2011 - March, University of Kingston, details
2010 - March, University of Edinburgh, details
2009 - March, University of Nottinghamdetails
2008 - March, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, details

The Whitworth, by Charlesdrakew (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The Whitworth, by Charlesdrakew (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons