British Art Studies

British Art Studies is a joint publication of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art. 

The aim of British Art Studies is to provide an innovative space for new research and scholarship of the highest quality on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture in their most diverse and international contexts. The journal reflects the dynamic and broad-ranging research cultures of the PMC and Yale Center for British Art, as well as the wider field of studies in British art and architecture today.

British Art Studies is one of the few completely open-access journals in the field of art history, providing a forum for the growing debate about digital scholarship, publication, and copyright. A purpose-built website has been developed that carefully considers elements such as identification, preservation, and licensing. The editorial in issue 1 expands on the aims for this publication and the digital strategy that led to its creation.

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Articles, proposals for features, and proposals for special thematic issues of the journal can be submitted at any time. Content that incorporates digital tools into art-historical scholarship is especially welcome.

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Walter Lewis Spiers, Design for the painted rood screen at St Agnes Church, Cawston (detail), RIBA Collections, image courtesy of RIBA Collections

Call for Papers | Queer Art in Britain Since the 1980s

British Art Studies invites proposals for a special issue of the journal that explores the 1980s as a crucial conjuncture for queer art in Britain, and which considers how the after-effects of this period influence a queer present. 

Submission Details

Please submit abstracts of 200 words or less to the editors at by 11:59 pm on Sunday, 7 May 2023. We will notify the authors of accepted papers by Monday, 29 May 2023. 

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