Arts and Humanities

News and updates from Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Academic Success for Former HoA Graduate

Hin Hin Wong, a History of Art BA graduate from 2013, has recently commenced as a graduate trainee on Christie’s 18-month Graduate Training Programme in Hong Kong. Her success follows the completion of a taught Masters at Christie’s Education on the Arts of China and the award of the Richard Nicolas Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

Hin Hin fought off stiff competition from 1,000 other graduates to win one of ten places offered across London, New York and Hong Kong. Her long-term career goal is to become an Asian art specialist and auctioneer at Christie’s.  Find out more here.

Curating at the National Museum of Wales

Isabella Boorman, who was an undergraduate in History of Art at York from 2010-2013, has curated “Sidney Nolan and Graham Sutherland: A Sense of Place” at Oriel y Parc Gallery, St Davids in her role as Curator of Art Exhibitions at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales. The exhibition is open from 30 September 2017 – 28 January 2018.

Continuing the 2017 celebrations of Sidney Nolan’s centenary, this exhibition explores parallels in the work of Nolan (1917-1992) and Graham Sutherland (1903-1980). Born in Melbourne, Nolan travelled extensively, initially throughout Australia, then, after settling in London in 1953, worldwide including Italy, Greece, Africa, Antarctica, China and the USA. In the 1980s he settled at The Rodd on the Welsh border near Presteigne and established the Sidney Nolan Trust, leaving it an important collection of work. His only studio remaining in situ opened to the public for the first time in 2017 at The Rodd. In his later years there he remarked: “I feel that I can arrive almost anywhere in the world now and feel, in some way, at home”.

Sutherland was born in London, yet first went to Pembrokeshire in 1934 and was struck by the power of the landscape, stating: “the quality of light here is magical and transforming”.  Employed by Kenneth Clark as an official war artist from 1940 to 1945, he painted South Wales and London. He moved to live in the south of France, but returned to visit Pembrokeshire in 1967 and then every year until his death. After setting up the Graham Sutherland Gallery at Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, he bequeathed a body of artwork to the National Museum of Wales, believing that the works should be seen in the place that had inspired them.

The exhibition focuses on both artists’ sense of place, exploring how their artistic styles evolved due to their strong connections to their surroundings; Nolan at The Rodd, and Sutherland in Pembrokeshire. Many works in the exhibition have not been on display before to a public audience, making a unique opportunity to view these works for the first time.

The Exhibition is organised in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, the Sidney Nolan Trust and Oriel y Parc, St Davids.

Find out more here.

PR Support for Creative Projects

A current second-year HoA PhD student, recently awarded a Santander Business Accelerator grant, is aiming to support the creative industries with her company’s PR offer.

Julie Whyman, who is researching Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s use of flowers with her thesis: ‘DGR’s Floral Imaginarium: Specimen, Symbol, Synonym, Spectre’, founded her new business thanks to a UoY proof of concept award earlier this year. The additional boost from Santander over the summer has acted as a catalyst for significant growth and her established team now works closely with an extensive network of national mainstream and digital broadcast and digital journalists to promote companies throughout the UK.

Said Julie: “The careers department at UoY helped me to access funding to set up and also assisted in the acquisition of support from Santander. One of our first projects was a London-based street art initiative – a partnership between the University of Arts London and Attic Self Storage. Market Road, the UK’s first open air bookable art gallery, offers everyone the chance to create artwork, while interactive community feedback informs which works will get to stay. Taking part empowers local communities to help curate and shape how the gallery develops, and how it serves the neighbourhood. We have felt really privileged to have been involved and hope to work on other ground breaking projects into 2018.”

Julie and her team can be contacted at Find out more about the Market Road Gallery.