Models for writing art history range between globalised studies, national, regional or local histories, and the enduring individual monograph. None of these fully accommodate the artists’ colony. Colonies historically attract artists from elsewhere, of differing nationalities, brought together in a single geo-spatial frame, they may cohere owing to the appeal of a particular ‘master’, or location renowned for natural beauty, they may arise from the invitation of a wealthy patron, or established on a lineage within creative villages.
This 3-day conference gathers over 30 papers from academics working in Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, the UK and USA. The Keynote lecture will be presented by Dr Nina Lübbren (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge), whose paper considers how artist colonies based on place, space, and mobility provide a new perspective for analysing world art histories.
Dr Nina Lübbren’s keynote, “Rural artists’ colonies and the geographies of art history” is supported by the Macgeorge Bequest.