Freelance & Independents

Freelance & Independent art historians form a very diverse members’ group. Some earn an income from freelance activities such as curating, editing or writing, or from part-time teaching and lecturing. The group also includes postdoctoral fellows and early career scholars who are not permanently employed by an institution.

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Who are Independent and Freelance members?

We are a diverse and lively members’ group working across a variety of fields including research, lecturing, curating, writing and editing. We welcome early-career scholars, postdoctoral fellows, arts-sector workers, retired professionals and art enthusiasts. Many of us work on a part-time, freelance or temporary basis, making community and the sharing of interests and information essential to our group. If you are interested in being part of the Freelance & Independent group complete and submit the F&I committee application form.

What does the group do?

We provide different platforms for information sharing and networking, including a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter feed. Various events are organised throughout the year, such as the popular Freelance & Independent Workshop Series and the Special Interest Group Session at the annual conference. We also offer financial assistance for conference attendance and image copyright fees, and we publish an online directory of members’ profiles to showcase their special interests and experience for prospective clients or arts-sector commissioners.

News & Events

How freelancers might be effected by the new budget
In July 2015 George Osborne announced various budget changes, one of these was the change to tax for those who are freelance or have set up small businesses. MoneyBox on Radio 4 sheds some light on who might be effected by this, and how. Click here to hear this programme. 

Freelance & Independent Workshops
We currently run one-day workshops that are designed to provide freelancers, and others, with career-specific skills and information relevent to existing or desirable jobs. We usually organise three workshops per year, which usually take place in London.  

Watch this space for news on forthcoming workshops.

Previous workshops have covered:

We welcome ideas from members for future events. Find out about the next workshop


Conference Attendance Grant 

Freelance and Indendent members of the AAH who are session convenors or who have had a paper or a poster accepted for any art history-related conference anywhere in the world, can apply for a grant of up to £300 to cover some of the expenses of attending the conference. Grants have been given for members giving papers at the AAH annual conference, and for conferences at other venues such as Venice. This is not a hardship grant. If you are an independent member and have been a member of the AAH for at least one year you are eligible for a grant as long as there is money available in the allocated conference grant budget. Click here for more details.

Image Grant

Freelance and Independent members of the AAH who are publishing work with images that attract copyright fees can apply for a grant of up to £500 to assist in meeting those fees. Click here for more details.

Art Historians & Arts Professionals: Online Directory

Coming soon! This new online directory (formerly the Directory of Freelance & Independent Art Historians) will be up and running shortly. It will be a fully-searchable database of members's research specialisms, areas of expertise and skills.

The directory will allow members to make their contact details, web address and bio available online. It will be entirely opt-in, and members will be able to select which, if any, of their data to make publicly searchable. It is primarily intended to allow members to be easily found by those offering work, such as "talking heads" for the media (enquiries we often receive through the office).

Art Historians & Arts Professinals will be a valuable resource, allowing art historians around the UK and beyond to interact with each other, collaborate, and share ideas. Click here for more information or to add your details to the directory.

Special Interest Sessions

Special Interest Sessions (SIS) take place each year at the annual AAH Conference. They are informal, but informative sessions organised by AAH member groups that focus on specific areas of interest that are relavent and timely for our membership constiuencies.

Would you like to get involved with the F&I Group?
We are always keen to welcome new members to the group. If you would like to participate in future F&I activities and contribute to the AAH's ongoing programme of events then get in touch.

To find out more about the group, to apply for a scheme mentioned above, or to get involved, contact

Previous Events

F&I Workshop Series - Freelance Art History: Developing a Portfolio Career
2nd July 2013, London 

F&I Workshop Series - International Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
12 February 2013, London

F&I Workshop Series - Copyright, Images and Digitisation
25 October 2012, London

F&I Workshop Series - ‘Public Speaking for Art Historians’
9 February 2012, London
This one-day workshop, run by Speakeasy (a public-speaking training organisation), focussed on how to communicate research more effectively. 


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