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The Courtauld to collaborate with Art History Link-Up 

14 Jul 2022

The Courtauld Institute of Art to announce a collaboration with Art History Link-Up (AHLU) that introduces students to art history through A level and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) courses.

Art History Link-Up offers free accredited courses for state-educated sixth form students, many of whom are from widening participation backgrounds. The programme will be based at The Courtauld’s Leon Kossoff Learning Centre in Somerset House for the 2022-3 academic year. Registered Charity, no.1172792.

“We think what Rose and her team at AHLU does is fantastic in opening up the world of art history to a whole new generation of young people,” said Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld. “We’re delighted to work with Art History Link-Up over the coming year.”

That the offer is delivered in hybrid form is particularly exciting to Professor Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director. “Teaching in this way, AHLU can open up their amazing courses to students from across the UK including those with disabilities.”

Rose Aidin, AHLU’s Chief Executive, pointing out that fewer than eight state schools offer Art History A level, noted that through her organisation, students can join from across the UK and gain an additional qualification. “Pleasure in learning and cross-curricular connections is something that art history can offer all students, regardless of background or long-term goals.”

“Art History is transformational for our students, who in turn are transforming the sector,” added AHLU Chair and Christie’s Director, Toby Monk. “We are thrilled to be offering AHLU students new opportunities in collaboration with The Courtauld.”

Since 2016, AHLU has been based in museums and galleries and, as a result of the pandemic, has developed expertise in online delivery. Over 300 students from some 150 state schools across the UK have studied with AHLU, with alumni going on to study at leading universities including The Courtauld.

Students can attend class in person, or if unable to travel, can join online. Find out more here:

AHLU receives core funding from the Rothschild Foundation and Christie’s.