Bath Spa looks to inspire future art historians

The University has expanded its skills base by appointing Rachel Withers as Senior Lecturer in History & Theory of Art & Design

With degrees in both Fine Art and Critical Studies and the History of European Art and Architecture, Rachel is well placed to the lead the course. She has been teaching art theory and art practice for over 25 years to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK and is a frequent contributor to Artforum International. She has also written for The Guardian and New Statesman among other publications.

Commenting on the appointment Rachel said: “Bath School of Art and Design has a distinguished history, staff and list of alumni and it is a real honour to become part of such an experienced and talented team. The city of Bath has such a rich history and beauty that it is the perfect place for creativity and inspiration. I hope to bring my experience and knowledge to the role and support the talented existing and future students at the school.”

As well as her teaching credentials, Rachel is actively involved with many art world groups such as the Association of International Critics of Art (AICA), and has been called upon to judge the prestigious Jerwood Sculpture Prize and the International Awards for Art Criticism.

“With her wealth of experience and knowledge within the art world, Rachel will be a valuable asset to our team. We are excited to have her on board and the students will truly benefit from her expertise and skill,” said Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University.

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