Study Days

Study Days and Conferences

Most years, the Scottish Society for Art History organises a study day or conference on themes ranging from Patronage and  Collecting or Orientalism to Highland Art and the History of Art Education. Many of the papers from these are published in the Society’s journal. In this way the Society seeks to make an important contribution to Art History in Scotland and to offer valuable opportunities to present new research.


Scottish Society for Art History in association with Fine Art Critical Studies, Glasgow School of Art

Study Day
Art Organisations and Institutions in Scotland

10 February 2018
Reid Auditorium, Glasgow School of Art

Call for Papers

The study day will share current research and scholarship on art institutions, galleries, societies, collectives and support organisations in Scotland. The event will feature a selection of papers, which will be presented at the Glasgow School of Art on 10 February 2018. We aim to attract a range of multi-disciplinary papers from a variety of different speakers, from academics and independent researchers, to curators and archivists, and practising contemporary artists.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The development of artist-led societies and collectives in Scotland
  • The history of collecting art by Scottish museums and galleries
  • The role of national institutions such as the RSA, RSW and SSA
  • Patronage of artists by commercial galleries
  • The role of such organisations in artistic, intellectual, political and popular culture
  • Contemporary responses to the historic collections of art institutions
  • The changing role of funding and support bodies (Scottish Modern Art Association, CEMA, Scottish Arts Council etc)

We welcome proposals for 20 minute presentations for the study day. Proposals should be in the form of 300-500 word abstracts. The deadline for proposals is 30 October 2017.

Following the study day, papers will be considered for publication in the 2018-19 volume of the SSAH Journal. If selected by the editorial team, speakers will be requested to adapt their paper into a journal paper of 3000-4500 words, accompanied by up to six copyright-cleared images, to be submitted in April 2018. If you do not wish your paper to be considered for the journal, please let us know at the time of submitting your proposal.

If you would like to discuss the CFP in greater detail or submit an abstract, please contact Claire Robinson, Chair of the SSAH –