When a Leeds girl discovers art history

Wednesday 21 September 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Off campus
Lectures and seminars
General public

As part of the Art History Festival 2022, Dr Joanne Crawford will reflect on her journey into art history in this talk at Leeds Art Gallery.

Joanne Crawford is an art historian and the Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, but her venture into academic life is not a usual one. In the late 1980s, as a working-class single parent from Leeds and one coming from a family who would not even think about going to university, she became increasingly interested in art. After a number of lunchtime visits to Leeds Art Gallery, she decided to find out more. Her journey brought her to the University of Leeds full-time to study Art History and Philosophy. In this talk, Joanne will speak about Gaudier Brzeska's The Wrestler, a sculpture that has particular resonance for her to think differently about the world around her as well as regarding her life and career choices. See the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies website for more information including how to book your place.