British Landscapes

This research group is dedicated to British landscape art from the historical to the contemporary. The group’s activities for 2020–21 will cover three main areas:

  • The climate crisis and the role of landscape art
  • The relationship between art, nature and wellbeing
  • An exploration of identity, power and authority through historical landscapes

There is a continued interest in the use of landscape collections and the group encourages discussion about topical issues, exhibitions, learning and recent research into this field. The group will investigate landscape from a diverse and regional perspective using examples from schools or groups of artists around the country.

The group hopes to attract interest from artists, academics, curators, learning and engagement specialists who seek innovative approaches to the study of historic and contemporary landscape art. Through seminars, workshops and collection visits, the group raises questions and develops activities that are transferable to the study of British landscape art in general and are connected to current issues.

The British Landscapes group is convened by Jenny Gaschke (Curator of Fine Art pre-1900, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery), Helen Record (Curatorial Assistant, Royal Academy) and Emma Roodhouse (Collections & Learning Curator (Art), Colchester & Ipswich Museums).