Recent Conferences & Study Days

Lockdown Legacy Webinar:  The Digital Future of the Art and Cultural Heritage World, in partnership with Creative Informatics

 7 November 2020, 10am-1pm

  Keynote speaker: Terence Gould, Technology Manager, Art UK


Chair: Alice Strang, Art Historian and Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

10.00 – 10.10am          Welcome

10.10 – 10.30am          KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Terence Gould, Technology Manager, Art UK, ‘Curating by all & for all: Art UK as a digital exhibitions platform’

10.30 – 10.40am          Abi Webster, Programme Assistant, Edinburgh Art Festival, ‘Performance in the digital realm: potentials and challenges for new commissions’

10.40 – 10.50am          Margaret Sweetnam, Marketing & Communications Manager, Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums, ‘How To be More Joe Wicks – Finding our Digital Mojo’

10.50 – 11.00am          Q&A

FIRST BREAK – 11.00 – 11.10am

Visual presentation # 1    Isabella Wagner, University of Glasgow / The Hunterian
                                              ‘The Hunterian’s Approach to Digital Engagement’

Visual presentation #2     Bianca Callegaro, University of Glasgow & Co-Founder, Art
Gate Blog, ‘Online Engagement with Culture in the New Normal: The case of Art Gate Blog’


Chair: Shona Elliott, Lead Curator (Collections Access), Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums

11.10 – 11.20am          Welcome

11.20 – 11.30am          Norman McBeath, Printmaker and Photographer, ‘Perdendosi’

11.30 – 11.40am          Sandy Wood, Collections Curator, Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, ‘Pandemic: The Royal Scottish Academy during lockdown and beyond’

11.40 – 11.50am          Alice Strang, Art Historian & Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, ‘A Curatorial History of Lockdown in 164 Posts’

11.50 – 12noon            Q&A

SECOND BREAK – 12.00 – 12.10pm

Visual presentation     Martin Disley, Artist and Technology Researcher

Cartographic Hallucination: Generative A.I. and the National Library of Scotland Map Collection


Chair: Claire Robinson, Collections & Exhibitions Curator, University of St Andrews Museums

12.10 – 12.20pm         Welcome

12.20 – 12.30pm         Nicola Osborne, Programme Manager, Creative Informatics, ‘Collaborating through the crisis: innovative art/tech partnerships emerging from lockdown’

12.30 – 12.40pm          Alexandra Jones, Collaborative Doctoral student, University of St Andrews and National Museums Scotland, ‘Automating access to collections during lockdown’

12.40 – 12.50pm          Rhona Taylor, Vice President, Society of Scottish Artists, ‘Providing a Digital Toolkit for Artists’

12.50 – 1pm                 Q&A and concluding remarks

Zoom Director: Kam Chan, Programme Administrator, Creative Informatics

Comms Officer: Judith Liddle, Scottish Society for Art History


Creative Informatics:

#SSAH #CreativeInformatics

Coming up:  SSAH ‘Art, Landscape and Space’ webinar, 5 & 6 February 2021, for details see

Lockdown Legacy Webinar programme pdf


Scottish Society for Art History presents ‘Printmaking in Scotland’, a two-day symposium in partnership with Edinburgh Printmakers, National Galleries of Scotland and the University of St Andrews, 3 & 4 February 2017

Programme for Friday 3 February
Edinburgh Printmakers
23 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR

10.00  Welcome

The Printmaking Workshop
10.05   Alastair Clark, Master Printer and Studio Director
A tour of Edinburgh Printmakers studio as an example of printmaking workshops in Scotland and more globally. Alastair Clark will illustrate printmaking practise through a lithography print demonstration of work by Andrew Mackenzie.

11.00  Questions

11.10  Break

Printmaking Practitioners
11.25  Artist Andrew Mackenzie discusses his artwork, and how introducing printmaking into his methodologies changed his artistic practice.

12.00  Questions

Process & Possibilities
12.10  Lesley Logue
Curator’s talk on the exhibition Process & Possibilities and insight into Edinburgh Printmakers print archive.

12.45  Questions

13.00  Lunch

Printmaking in Scotland, Panel discussion
14.00  Panel discussion concerning the history and way forward for printmaking in Scotland today.

16.00  Finish

Programme for Saturday 4 February
Scottish National Gallery
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

10.00  Welcome

Early development and training
10.05  Ann Gunn, University of St Andrews
‘Five Hundred and Forty-two Copperplates’: Andrew Bell’s Illustrations for the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1771-1797

10.25  Jonathan Macdonald, Independent Researcher
Printmaking at the Foulis Academy (1755-1773)

10.45  Questions

Scottishness and Politics
11.00  Dr Lucinda Lax, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Bonnie Prince in Print: Robert Strange’s Everso Missus portrait and the politics of the ’45

11.20  Mary Modeen and Nel Whiting, University of Dundee
‘Groups of the manners in Scotland’: David Allan – the Process and Politics of Printmaking

11.40  Murdo Macdonald, University of Dundee
Printmaking and Scottish Literature in the Nineteenth Century

12.00  Questions

12.15  Lunch

Print collecting
13.45  Arthur Watson, Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture
Print, Press and Cabinet

14.05  Dr William Rough, University of St Andrews
Print Collecting in Dundee: Orchar, Haden and the Dundee Fine Art Exhibitions 1879-1881

14.25  Questions

14.40  David Faithfull, Visual Artist
PALINDROME, REFLECTIONS IN THE SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE: Their physical and spiritual manifestations in printmaking process and concept, with particular focus on David Young Cameron’s ‘Ben Ledi’

15.00  Dr Lesley Logue, University of East London
A Study of the Role of the Master Printmaker at Edinburgh Printmakers

15.20  Dr Ruth Pelzer-Montada, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Leaving the Frame: Print in Contemporary Scottish Art

15.40  Questions

16.00  End

Women in Scottish Art 1885-1965

Saturday 23 January 2016, 10.30am-4.30pm
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery
The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

This special one-day conference accompanies the exhibition Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, 7 November 2015 – 26 June 2016) and explores the role of women in Scottish art during this period. It will showcase new research on lesser known female artists, their widening educational opportunities, participation in exhibitions and role within social and professional networks.


10.30   Welcome

10.35   Alice Strang
Modern Scottish Women: Curating Women Painters and Sculptors

10.55   Allan Lennie
Amelia and Noel Paton – A Sibling Rivalry

11.15   Joanna Soden
The Edinburgh Atelier, an Opportunity for Women Artists?

11.35   Questions

11.55   Break for lunch

13.15   Siân Reynolds
Scottish Women Artists’ Training: the Paris Connection

13.35   Matthew Jarron
“Placed under no disqualification” – Women Artists in She-Town

13.55   Phyllida Shaw
“An undoubted genius” – Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams

14.15   Questions

14.35   Break

15.05   Emma Smith & Gordon Brennan
The Gillies Family: an Alternative Success Story

15.25   Philip Kelleway
The Zinkeisen Sisters and Celebrity Culture

15.45   Peggy Beardmore
From the Beginning with Frances Walker: An Exploration of Lifelong Practice

16.05   Questions

16.30   End


Saturday 28 February, 2015

The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Perth


2pm  Dr Jo Meacock (Glasgow Museums) – Fred A Farrell: Glasgow’s War Artist

2.25pm  Dr Sandy Brewer (Oxford Brookes University) – “We are Mapping a New World”: A Scottish Artist in the Service of Artillery’s Astrologers

2.50pm  Alice Strang (National Galleries of Scotland) – A Scottish Colourist’s Great War: J D Fergusson’s work for the Admiralty

3.15pm  Dr Val Inglis & Helen E Beale (independent researchers, formerly University of Stirling) – The significance of Helen A Lamb’s Illuminated Manuscripts in the memorialisation of Scottish youth and sacrifice in WW1

3.40pm  Break for refreshments

4pm  Dr Patricia Andrew (independent researcher) – “A living presentment” – the artistic challenge of posthumous portraiture

4.25pm  Sandy Wood (Royal Scottish Academy) – Two Artists, Two Wars: the experiences and art of James Miller and Muirhead Bone

4.50pm Matthew Jarron (University of Dundee) and Emma Halford-Forbes (Black Watch Museum) –  Splendour and Sorrow: Dundee’s Newspaper Artists during the Great War

5.15pm  Visit to Joseph Gray exhibition

Palaces, Patrons and Places: the Allure of Scotland for French Artists c. 1790 to 1900

SSAH study day, 17 November 2012, 2-5:30pm

George Watson’s College, Edinburgh


2pm Welcome

2.05pm Dr Stephen Lloyd – Henri-Pierre Danloux in Scotland (1796-1800): recent discoveries in the Buccleuch archive

2.35pm Dr Godfrey Evans – The 10th Duke of Hamilton’s commissions to French founders and sculptors

3.05pm Helen Smailes – Charles Achille D’Hardiviller, Bourbon image consultant and Edinburgh drawing master

3.35pm Break for refreshments

4.00pm Dr Frances Fowle – Picturing the Highlands: Rosa Bonheur’s Grand Tour ofScotland

4.30pm Dr Andrew Watson – Gustave Doré and the Lure ofScotland

5pm Professor Clare Willsdon – From Lochnagar to Leith: in Scotland with Haag, Signorini, Fréchou and Engelhardt, 1850-1900

5.30pm Finish

A one-day conference organised by the Scottish Society for Art History

Room 101, 8 University Gardens, University of Glasgow History of Art Department

Saturday 11 June 2011, 10.30am-4.30pm

10.30 Registration and refreshments

11.00 Session 1

Madeline Ward (University of Aberdeen)

A critical analysis of four portraits of Stuart monarchs in the University of Aberdeen’s picture collection.

Jordan Mearns (University of Edinburgh)

Caledonian Maidens: Sir Henry Raeburn’s Portraits of Women

Claire McKechnie (University of Aberdeen)

Newhailes House: A New Look at the China Collection.

12.15 Lunch (not provided)

13.30 Session 2

Antonia Laurence-Allen (University of St Andrews)

Potions in a travelling show: How an exhibition stimulated mid-Victorian Scottish photography

Monika Winiarczyk (University of Glasgow)

Is Synagoga melancholy?

Natalie Maria Roncone (University of St Andrews)

Battle Lines: Connoisseurship versus Scientific Analysis in Jackson Pollock’s paintings

14.45 Break for refreshments

15.15 Session Three

Anne Galastro (University of Edinburgh)

Artist Rooms as the 21st century’s ‘Gallery without walls’: simply an architectural conundrum or the triumph of the authentic artwork?

Bo Hanley (University of Glasgow)

Acquiring the Ineffable: Investigating Production and Policy for Contemporary Visual Art in Municipal Museums and Galleries in Scotland

16.00 Panel Discussion: the Future of Art History

16.30 End

Registration is 5 pounds for students, 10 pounds for members of SSAH and 15 pounds for everyone else. You may pay on the day but please email or call 01382 384310 to book a place.






An interdisciplinary one-day symposium



10.00 Registration

10.20 Welcome by Matthew Jarron (Scottish Society for Art History)

10.30 Charlotte Rostek (Dumfries House): Dumfries House: Sharing the Best Bed

10.50 Celia Curnow (Virtual Hamilton Palace Inventories Prototype Project): A 16th-Century Shipwreck and the Virtual Reconstruction of Hamilton Palace – two recent Scottish interdisciplinary research projects

11.10 Christine Geraghty (University of Glasgow): Adapting the Settings – creating New York in Scotland for The House of Mirth

11.30 Questions

11.45 Refreshments

12.05 Keith Williams (University of Dundee): Mediating Images: Illustrating the ‘Optical Speculations’ of H.G. Wells

12.25 David Wilson (University of Cumbria): Animal Performance: interdisciplinary features of a special area of performing arts history

12.45 Sandy Brewer (University of East London): Tom Curr and Stanley Cursiter – a case study of convergences and divergences in art and industry

13.05 Questions

13.20 Lunch

14.20 Helen Sutherland (University of Glasgow): David Wilkie, James Hogg and Charles Bell – an interdisciplinary approach

14.40 Helen Beale and Bill Kidd (University of Stirling): Sacred and secular, public and private, in recent French remembrance iconography

15.10 Michael Moss (University of Glasgow): The Countess who caught the Industrial Revolution – Margaret Countess of Dumfries

15.30 Questions

15.45 Refreshments

16.00 Tour of Dumfries House

17.00 End

Some of the papers from the event are published in the 2011-2 issue of the SSAH Journal


A free study day organised by the Art College Collections Project
in association with the Scottish Society for Art History

Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, 31st May 2008, 10am-5pm

Provisional Programme

10.00-11.30 Session One: New Research into Scottish Art Education

Welcome & Introduction

Joanna Soden (Royal Scottish Academy): Upholding the Tradition? The academic versus the practical in art teaching in 19th-century Edinburgh

Matthew Jarron (University of Dundee): From ‘fancy picture cult’ to ‘serious science’: the development of art education in Dundee in the late 19th & early 20th centuries

Sarah Fairclough (Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum): Leonard Baker & Art Education in Stirling

11.30-12.00 Refreshments

12.00-13.00 Session Two: Collections-based Research Projects

Patricia Cain (Glasgow School of Art): Drawing as coming to know: enquiries into the relationship between drawing and thinking

Penelope Alfrey (Loughborough University): An Embryonic Design School & the Scottish Shawl Industry: the Textile Designs Archives at Edinburgh College of Art & the Edinburgh Shawl Enterprise, 1790-1840

Margaret Stewart (Edinburgh College of Art): ECA Plaster Cast Collection: art, education & culture in 19th-century Edinburgh

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Session Three: Case Studies & Collection Overviews 1

Peter Trowles (Glasgow School of Art): An introduction to the collections of Glasgow School of Art

Matthew Jarron (University of Dundee): An introduction to the Duncan of Jordanstone College Collections

Philippa Sterlini (University of Dundee): Recent work on College Collections by the University of Dundee Book & Paper Conservation Studio

Ewan Manson & Janey Muir (practising artists): Still Life with Rabbits – a contemporary art exhibition using College Collections

Julie Brown (University of St Andrews): Wanted – investigating the mysteries of the Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection

15.15-15.30 Refreshments

15.30-16.30 Session Four: Case Studies & Collection Overviews 2

Helen Smailes (National Galleries of Scotland): An introduction to relevant collections at the National Galleries of Scotland

Joanna Soden (Royal Scottish Academy): Collections relating to art education at the Royal Scottish Academy

Wilson Smith (Edinburgh College of Art): An introduction to the collections of Edinburgh College of Art

Justin Parkes (Robert Gordon University): An introduction to the collections of Gray’s School of Art

16.30-17.00 Final Discussion & overview of the Art College Collections Project

The aims of the Art College Collections Project are:

  • To raise awareness of and increase access to collections held by the Scottish art colleges and related institutions
  • To improve understanding of these collections, their role in the history of Scottish art education and their potential for future use
  • To bring together recent and current research within the area of Scottish art education
  • To increase collaborations between academics and collections staff

Attendance at the event is free with an optional charge for lunch of £8. To book a place please contact:

Matthew Jarron, Museum Services, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN

Email: m.h.jarron @

Tel: 01382 384310

Merchants and Masterpieces

A study day on Fine Art Collecting in Scotland c.1820-1940

Saturday 24 November 2007, 10am-5pm

The Burrell Collection, Pollok Park, Glasgow

10:00-10:30 Coffee and registration

10:30-10:40 Introduction, Matthew Jarron (University of Dundee, Chair SSAH)

Morning Session chaired by Dr. Frances Fowle

10:40-11:10 Robert Wenley (Glasgow Museums): The Glasgow Dilettanti

ibition of 1843: Collecting Old Master Paintings in mid-19th century Glasgow

11:10-11:40 Dr. Andrew Watson (independent scholar): James Duncan (1834-1905): a remarkable collector of 19th-century French art

5-minute break

11:45-12:15 Helen Smailes (National Gallery of Scotland): Dundee’s forgotten Maecenas? George B Simpson (1820-1892) and the patronage of modern Scottish art.

12:15-1:45 Lunch

Afternoon session chaired by Robert Wenley

1:45-2:15 Suzanne Veldink (University of Edinburgh): A Keen Eye for Quality:
Sir William Burrell’s Hague School Collection

2:15-2:45 Dr. Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh/National Gallery of Scotland): The Butterfly, the Fox and the Man in the Knickerbocker Suit: Collecting Whistler in late 19th-century Scotland.

2:45-3:15 Tea/Coffee

3:15-3:45 Dr. Jennifer Melville (Aberdeen Art Gallery): ‘Terribly in earnest to spread the light’ – Sir James Murray (1850-1933), collector and benefactor

3:45-4:15 Vivien Hamilton (Glasgow Museums): ‘A pretty good lot’ – William Burrell’s collection of French 19th-century paintings

4:15-4:45 Discussion

It is intended that some of the papers from the conference will be published in the 2009 SSAH Journal.




Chair: Murdo Macdonald, Professor of History of Scottish Art, University of Dundee.

9.30 -10.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Murdo Macdonald: Introduction: Contextualising Highland Art

10.30-11.00 Joanna Soden (Royal Scottish Academy) – ‘This Way for the View’: the depiction of the Highlands by some Scottish painters in the 1920s and 1930s

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 Timothy Neat (Independent Scholar) – ‘The Sound of God: Mackintosh and Reflections on Highland Culture’

12.00-12.30 Hugh Cheape (University of the Highlands and Islands) – A’ lasadh le carnaid: Rhyme and reason in perceptions of Tartan.

12.30-1.00 Duncan Macmillan (Emeritus Professor University of Edinburgh) – Runciman’s Ossian

1.00-2.00 LUNCH

2.00-2.45 John Purser (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands)
‘The Celtic Ballet – Ballet, Baton and Brush in search of peace in time of war’

2.45-3.15 Malcolm Maclean, (Gaelic Arts Agency) – Building from the Rain and the Stones

3.15-3.45 Sarah Jane MacIntyre (An Tuireann/Window to the West Art Residency) ‘Gaidhlig Arts Residency in Staffin’

3.45-4.00 Coffee

4.00-4.45 Arthur Watson and Will Maclean (University of Dundee) ‘Crannghal’

4.45 -5.15 Meg Bateman (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands) ‘Crannghal – a reading’

5.15 Wine Reception

Some of the papers from this event are to be published in the 2008 SSAH Journal

Symposium Saturday 17th March

Glasgow 1918 to 1980: What Happened?

Organised in association with the Scottish
Society for Art History and the History of Art Department, University of Glasgow.

How can art in Glasgow be international between 1880 and the First World War, yet provincial in the 1920s and 30s? Were Glasgow-based artists parochial in the 1950s and 1960s, but cosmopolitan again the 1980s and 90s? Was art in Glasgow the victim of metropolitan taste and criticism? Was Glasgow out of step? Unrecognised? Or was the art simply parochial? What was the role of art institutions in Glasgow? What were they doing, or not doing?


Sandy Moffatt (Towards ‘New Image

Frances Fowle (Art dealing in Glasgow
between the Wars: the rise and fall of La Société des Beaux-Arts)

Venda Louise Pollock (From Gethsemane
to Lanark)

Bruce Peter (McInnes Gardiner and
Ship design in Glasgow 1930s-60s)

John Morrison (The Glasgow Group)

Margery McCulloch (Young Artists in
a Philistine Society)

Neil Mulholland (Devolving Scottish

Alex Kennedy (The Return to Modernism)

Hunterian Art Gallery Lecture Theatre 10am-6pm
£15/£7 (concessions including SSAH Members)

Several of the papers from this conference were published in the 2007 SSAH Journal.