This is a two-day international postgraduate-organised conference exploring the inter-dependencies and dynamics of ‘private’ art collections and their display in ‘public’ institutions, to be held on 30th-31st March 2017. The conference will take place under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market, a research hub for interdisciplinary study of the markets for arts and antiques based at the University of Leeds. It will contribute to the Centre’s research into the history of the trade in art and antiques, and will pave the way for future PGR-led conferences among the Centre’s ‘community of interests’, which already spans a number of universities and professional groups. We hope to raise awareness of and interest in the Centre’s activities across the White Rose institutions, to foster future collaboration. We aim to signal WRoCAH’s role in innovative PGR research by holding the Centre’s first PGR-led conference with WRoCAH’s support.
The theme of the conference is designed to stimulate interest from a wide range of research perspectives, and we hope to attract participation from a broad spectrum of postgraduate researchers in the humanities, as well as more established scholars. We anticipate that it will be of interest especially to those exploring the boundaries between ‘private’ and ‘public’ collecting more generally, as well as those working on the collection and display of fine art and antiquities, and museum studies, both within and beyond universities. We have deliberately set a broad timescale, from the Early Modern period until the 21st century, to maximise involvement and encourage a wide range of perspectives. We are looking to spark interaction and debate between different fields, and to offer PGRs the chance to contribute to the development of this exciting and fast-moving subject, and to position their work in relation to the latest scholarly debate.
Anna Reeve, Leeds
Other student organisers
Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, University of Leeds (WRoCAH) Heather Findling, University of Leeds Shir Kochavi, University of Leeds Victoria White, University of York (WRoCAH) Kirsty Surgey, University of Sheffield (WRoCAH)