Professor of Art History, Chair of Visual Arts Research at Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University

Professor Simpson is an internationally-recognised expert in research and scholarship in European art, visual culture and French/European art criticism of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her many publications in this field, include books on Albert Aurier, Symbolism and the Visual Arts (1999), Jules Flandrin: the Other Fin de Siècle (2001); Critical Exchange: Art Criticism in Russia and Western Europe (with Carol Adlam: 2009). She was a Leverhulme Research Fellow, held in conjunction  with a Visiting Scholarship at Wolfson College, Oxford. She has collaborated with world-leading universities, museums and galleries, including  with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Ateneum Art Gallery and Museum, Helsinki, the  National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and The National Gallery, London. Current collaborations include with The National Gallery, London and an international network of scholars and curators for a publication on ‘Primitive Renaissances: Art and Northern European Identities from the 1860s to the 1930s’ (forthcoming, Ashgate: international), funded by a Paul Mellon Centre award, as well as two international peer-review conferences: ‘Visions of the North’, with The National Gallery, University of York and Ghent University and, forthcoming: ‘Gothic modernisms’ with The Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam. Professor Simpson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Academic Art History Consultant for Compton Verney Museum, Warwickshire, UK.


Senior Research Curator in the History of Collecting at the National Gallery, London

Dr Avery-Quash is responsible for the pre-1900 objects in the Gallery’s ‘History Collection’, comprising items of interest for the history of the Gallery. She is also in charge of activities associated with the Gallery’s research strand, ‘Buying, Collecting and Display’. In this connection she organises conferences, including the recent ‘The Georgian London Town House’ with Birkbeck University of London and The Paul Mellon Centre in March (17 March 2016) and ‘Leonardo in Britain: Collections and Reception’, with Birkbeck, the Warburg Institute, the British Museum and the Kunstinstitut, Florence (25-27 May). She also co-supervises doctorates on topics relevant to the history of the Gallery – two students, for instance, are researching the directorships of Frederic Burton and Philip Hendy – and she has established this year a new MA with the University of Buckingham and Waddesdon Manor on the history of collecting and the art market. She coordinates the Gallery’s research partnership with the Getty Research Institute which is looking into the British art market; the first collaboration compiled information about British art sales, 1780-1800, and a second collaboration is looking into the period 1680-1780. Her own research focuses on the history of important private and public collections, not least the National Gallery. She has published extensively on the Gallery’s first Director, Sir Charles Eastlake, and on the reception history in Britain of important Italian painters including Botticelli, Crivelli and Titian. Her current research includes an investigation of the response of Eastlake’s circle to Leonardo, a survey of the National Gallery’s employment of art agents during the Victorian era, and the Gallery’s 19th-century attitude to the British school of painting.


Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York

Jeanne Nuechterlein is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, where she teaches and researches northern European art of the 15th/16th centuries and its receptions in the 19th/20th centuries. In 2014 she co-curated the exhibition ‘Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance’ with Dr Susan Foister at the National Gallery, London. Among other themes her work has investigated the impact of the Reformation on art, especially on Holbein; the materiality of early Netherlandish artworks; and the reception of German Renaissance art in Britain. Currently she is writing a monograph on Holbein and science for Reaktion Books’ series Renaissance Lives.


Associate professor in Art History at Ghent University (B)

Professor Marjan Sterckx teaches the histories of 19th-century European art and its practices, and, since 2015, of interior design and the decorative arts. As from 2016, she organizes the annual conference on the history of interiors and design at Ghent University. Her research concerns 19th- and early 20th-century sculpture, decorative arts, gender, and photography. Her PhD research on women sculptors and their work for the public space was awarded with the ‘Tri-annual Award for Humanities 2009′ of Academische Stichting Leuven. She is co-editor of the upcoming series XIX. Studies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Visual Culture at Brepols Publishers.


Historian of Art and Culture. Dept. of Art History, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Bauduin is lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in Modern and Contemporary Art History, at the University of Amsterdam. She is a laureate of the prestigious three-year VENI-grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; her postdoc project focusses on medievalism in French and Belgian Surrealism. Bauduin’s 2014 monograph Surrealism and the Occult: Occultism and Western Esotericism in the Work and Movement of André Breton was published with Amsterdam University Press. Other publications concern Surrealism, automatism, modern art and occulture, and the modernist and avant-garde reception of 15th and 16th century artists such as Hieronymus Bosch. More information:


Director Compton Verney Museum, Warwickshire

Professor Steven Parissien has an internationally excellent reputation as an eminent scholar of British architectural history and design heritage spanning the eighteenth to late twentieth centuries. He is a distinguished curator with a substantial record of internationally acclaimed scholarly exhibition outputs, most recently, Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature (Tate, 2013) and Canaletto: Celebrating Britain (Paul Holberton, 2015). He has contributed significantly to academic art and design leadership in his field in his former role as Professor of Architectural History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth and Assistant Director of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He has held and is holder of distinguished Visiting Fellowships, currently in the Universities of Oxford and Warwick. In his current position as Director of Compton Verney he has achieved recognition as an arts-sector champion for his ambitious vision in leading the transformation of Compton Verney into an ‘award-winning’ national museum and major international exhibitions showcase (D.Alberge, ‘Share your hidden treasures with us all’, The Observer, 29 November 2015). Dr Parissien’s most recent publications and scholarly contributions to the field of architectural history and heritage include,Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century, ed. T. String, et al. Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2012, The Life of the Automobile(Atlantic, 2013) and The English Railway Station (English Heritage, 2014).


Chief Curator, Ateneum Art Gallery/Finnish National Gallery of Art, Helsinki

Dr von Bonsdorff has achieved international excellence and distinction for her publications and curated scholarly exhibitions in Finnish and international modern art and design. She is a leading international authority on modern colour theory and painting; visual cultures of landscape and space; identities of ‘nation’ in art, design and architecture; interiors and transnational capitals of art.

Dr von Bonsdorff’s most recent works include her 2016 published Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918, Schjerfbeck – Timelessness and Immateriality, the outcome of her international research collaboration with Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan: 2015). She has a distinguished curatorial reputation on the European and world stage as lead curator for internationally-acclaimed and pioneering exhibitions, most notably, on ‘Sibelius and the World of Art’ (Helsinki 2014-15), ‘Van Gogh to Kandinsky’ (Helsinki-Amsterdam-Edinburgh, 2012), and ‘Illusions of Reality: Photography and Cinema’ (Amsterdam-Helsinki, US, 2011). Dr von Bonsdorff has collaborated extensively with outstanding UK and international networks, UK Association of Art Historians, the Leverhulme Trust and The Norwegian Academy of Art and Design/Nationalmuseum, Oslo. She is currently leading three international collaborations, including with museums in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Copenhagen and the V&A, London. The ‘European Revivals’ project (20092018), shedding new light on myths and identities of ‘nation’ in art and design, has produced two international exhibitions and a series of international peer-review conferences (Helsinki, Oslo, Krakow). It will culminate in 2017-18 with a series of publications by the Finnish National Gallery and planned international conference (Edinburgh).