Established in 2003 with the aid of a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Research Forum is located at the heart of the Courtauld. The Research Forum offers an extensive programme of lectures, conferences, workshops and seminars supporting advanced inquiry in the history of art, conservation and museum studies. Committed to inspiring dialogue and collaboration between sections of the Institute, the Research Forum has also created links with a wide range of national and international partners through jointly organised events and through its invitations to visiting professors, curators and conservators. Building contacts among researchers of all generations, the Forum seeks to enrich their experience of art history by facilitating debate and discussion.

Details of the Research Forum’s activities, fellowships and grants can be found by following the links below. You can also subscribe to the Research Forum’s email list by sending an email to

Highlights of the upcoming Academic Year 2013-14

The Research Forum postdoctoral fellows will be Ellery Foutch and Sara Beth Levavy. We also welcome Julia Bryan-Wilson as the Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor.

The 2013 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series, Art and Vision Science , begins Tuesday, 8 October 2013 with a lecture by Johan Wagemans (University of Leuven). Other speakers include Margaret Livingstone (Harvard), Raphael Rosenberg (University of Vienna), Regine Rapp (Art Laboratory Berlin), and artist Chris Drury.