Department of History of Art

History of Art student life

Nottingham campus and city

Nottingham is of course famous for its rich history and links with Robin Hood, but today you'll find a modern city that offers national and international venues for music, art, sport, nightlife festivals and food. 

Nottingham’s compact city centre and tram system make it easy to get around while the stunning countryside of the Peak District and other rural highlights is not far away.

University Park is an exceptionally green campus with gardens and lake, located only two miles from the city centre.

Laura Theobald (MA History) discusses student life at Nottingham from a postgraduate perspective.


Art History Society

The department has a thriving students' Art History Society.

The society organises regular visits to museums, galleries and other places of interest, as well as fun social events that build a sense of community across year groups and with other departments and schools across the University. You can find out more about what the society gets up to by visiting their Facebook page.



Other Student Union clubs and societies

Our students are involved in a wide range of extra-curricular societies among the hundreds offered by the Students’ Union.

These societies, organisations, student groups, community projects and campaigns enable students to have fun, get to know new people, and gain valuable skills and experience.

In recent years our students have been involved in:

Visit the Students Union for a full list of societies.

And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own when you get here...?!



Crop-Up Gallery

We are proud to be one of the few art history departments in the country with its own student-run curatorial group.

Founded by art history students in 2012, the Crop-Up Gallery offers its members the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build links with Nottingham’s thriving arts community, by taking up temporary residence at established exhibition spaces in Nottingham.

Find out more about Crop-Up on our work experience page.



Crop-Up Gallery preparation for 'Nature Through the Lens' 
Preparing for Crop-Up Gallery's Nature Through the Lens exhibition.


Visual Arts City

Nottingham, recently called “one of the most vibrant art scenes in the UK” is an exciting place to study art history and visual culture.

The city is home to both established public museums and galleries, and a host of smaller artist-run studios and exhibition spaces. These offer students the chance to engage directly with artworks as well as to gain valuable work experience.

Museums and Galleries

The on-campus Djanogly Art Gallery, which is nationally renowned for its exhibition programme ranging from major historical shows to ground breaking contemporary installations, provides an exciting opportunity for students to learn via first-hand study of art works.

Students discussing artworks


In addition, Nottingham is home to:

  • Lakeside Arts Centre (also on-campus) is the University's unique public arts centre presenting an eclectic programme of music, dance, theatre, visual art and family events all year round.
  • New Art Exchange is an exciting contemporary visual arts space that explores the region’s cultural richness and diversity.
  • Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery houses the city’s important collections of fine and decorative arts, including around 800 oil paintings, over 4,000 watercolours, drawings and prints, and a small collection of sculpture including mediaeval alabasters.
  • Nottingham Contemporary is a leading international art gallery that hosts a range of exciting exhibitions and public programmes, including artists’ talks, film screenings and performances.

There are also a number of artist-run spaces, including:

As part of the Museums at Night festival in 2013, Backlit hosted a workshop by critically acclaimed artist Matt Collishaw and in 2014, St Ann’s Allotments welcomed renowned photographer Rankin.


Helen Wainwright, who was an art history undergraduate and is now studying for a PhD, talks about the Djanogly Art Gallery.

New Theatre

The Nottingham New Theatre is the only entirely student run theatre in the country and is very popular with our students.

The theatre stages an in-house production every week of term and a further 10 throughout the year in their emerging external season. They are unique in this respect, offering hundreds of on and off-stage roles

The New Theatre


New Theatre students talk about their collaboration with the Lakeside Arts Centre




Department of History of Art

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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