About Us

Our vision is to advance research in the creation, use, and cultural meaning of art in all its forms from ancient rock art to the digital age.

The Australian Institute of Art History adopts a cross-cultural perspective that builds upon its unique location south of the equator in the Asia Pacific Basin. It welcomes a variety of approaches to art history by historians, curators, critics, and scholars in related disciplines. It hopes to provide a think tank between museums and universities. The key areas of research activity are Australian art, Asian Art, Contemporary Art, and European art. The stimulus for its foundation was the International Congress in the History of Art, held at The University of Melbourne in January 2008, Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence.

Banner Image: Jane Brown, Silver Pavilion, Kyoto (detail),  2015. Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney