Past Events

Activating Art History: Publishing Art History

Research Lunch – Jo Applin, Ian Dudley, Jacqueline Riding

  • 11 May 2021
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Zoom Webinar

Activating Art History is a series of panel discussions with curators, scholars, academics and authors who have all contributed to the study of British art history through the Paul Mellon Centre fellowships & grants scheme.

The aim of these sessions is to give insight into the many ways in which British art history research can be activated through exhibitions, books, digital projects and more. It is hoped that as well as being engaging and insightful, these sessions will also provide practical advice for those wishing to activate their own research.

Recipients of Paul Mellon Centre Publication Grants join the Centre’s Mark Hallett for a panel to discuss the different ways art history can be activated through publishing. Each speaker will give a short presentation on their Paul Mellon Centre funded publication project before questions are invited from the audience.

About the speakers

  • black-and-white headshot of Jo Applin.

    Jo Applin is Professor in the History of Art at The Courtauld where she is also Head of the History of Art Department. Her books include Alison Wilding (with Briony For), Lee Lozano: Not Working and Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America. With Amy Tobin and Catherine Spencer she co-edited London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent, and Ephemeral Networks 1960–1980. In 2016 she co-curated the major exhibition Flesh at York Art Gallery. Her articles have appeared in Art HistoryOAJOctoberArt JournalSculpture JournalBritish Art Studies, and elsewhere. She is an editor at Oxford Art Journal. Her current research project is about art and ageing.


  • Ian Dudley is a Lecturer in Art History at Birkbeck and a Visiting Fellow in Art History at the University of Essex. His research focuses on relationships between histories of art and empire from the early modern period to the present. Recent work includes a study of Olmec colossal heads in the paintings of Aubrey Williams, published in Art History, and an examination of slavery visualisation in the sculpture of Stanley Greaves, published in Third Text. His 2017 doctoral thesis investigated Edward Goodall’s Sketches in British Guiana within the context of colonial geography and anthropology during the 1830–40s. He also curated the exhibition Southern Press: Prints from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile with the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) at Firstsite gallery, Colchester.


  • Jacqueline Riding is a consultant, author and independent scholar. Former Assistant Curator of the Palace of Westminster and Director of the Handel House Museum, she was the historical adviser on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner (2014) and Peterloo (2018), and Wash Westmoreland's Colette (2018). She is the author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016), Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre (Head of Zeus, 2018) and the forthcoming biography of William Hogarth (Head of Zeus, 2020).