When a Leeds girl discovers art history

As part of the Art History Festival 2022, Dr Joanne Crawford will reflect on her journey into art history.

Joanne Crawford is an art historian and the Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, but her venture into academic life is not a usual one.

In the late 1980s, as a working-class single parent from Leeds and one coming from a family who would not even think about going to university, she became increasingly interested in art.

After a number of lunchtime visits to Leeds Art Gallery, she decided to find out more. Her journey brought her to the University of Leeds full-time to study Art History and Philosophy.

In this talk, Joanne will speak about Gaudier Brzeska's The Wrestler, a sculpture that has particular resonance for her to think differently about the world around her as well as regarding her life and career choices.

How to book

Book your place here via Leeds Museums and Galleries.


Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AA

About the Art History Festival

Running during September, the Association for Art History’s celebration of art, design and architecture takes place at museums, galleries and cultural organisations nationwide. Find out more.


Photo of Joanne Crawford.