Whose Art History?: Diversity & Identity

Ref: C3680271

A discursive & exploratory, online course which will both question dominant narratives and values in traditional, Western art history and explore modes of visual artistic production which challenge, lie on the margins of or appear excluded from this framework. We will explore art traditions and makers in different geographical regions and continents, at different points in history and in present-day Britain who are underrepresented in our art institutions and mainstream criticism. This will lead us to consider the ways in which culture is controlled, owned, produced and presented. You will have the opportunity to suggest topics for discussion and present to your group, artists and artworks, which you find interesting or inspiring but which are marginalised from or challenging to the European art canon, whilst considering and discussing artworks presented by others which may be new or thought-provoking to you.

Additional information about this course

Inform students that this is for West Yorkshire students only

Course aim

To provide an opportunity to discuss diverse forms of visual art, whilst offering an introduction to critiquing Western art history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss at least three selected artists or modes of artistic production which do not feature heavily in the Western, 'traditional' narrative of art, within specific social and historical contexts
  • Identify at least two underlying values presented to us in the Western, canonical vision of linear progress in art history
  • Engage in debates around concepts such as 'art', 'primitivism' and 'authenticity', whilst exploring how art is presented and valued
  • Explain how and why at least two artists, writers or art activists address themes of identity such as gender and ethnicity
  • Participate in discussions with other students online, to compare interpretations, opinions and greater understand works of art and their contexts

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You may wish to have a pen and paper to hand to take notes. You will need an internet connection, speakers, microphone and webcam to join in via zoom & an email address to access online class resources.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Whose Art History?: Diversity & Identity

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This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and only applicable postcode areas are permitted to enrol.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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