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Art History and Design

The Open University’s (OU) interdisciplinary Art History and Design researchers undertake challenge-led research, which drives transformational cultural, economic, ecological and social change.

OU Art History and Design researchers partner with artists and third sector organisations to empower diverse communities to co-design places and services. They work with local authorities and businesses to shape the sustainable design of urban spaces. Their innovative research methods and novel theoretical frameworks also fundamentally reimagine art history as inclusive and global, widen participation in the subject and impact millions of learners and teachers globally.

Learn more about OU Art History and Design’s research impact

Art history is for everyone, not just the elite

Dr Leah R. Clark explains how The Open University’s Art History researchers have pioneered a new expanded inclusive approach to art history to challenge the discipline’s traditional elitist and Eurocentric perception and introduced it to more diverse audiences.

Co-designing better communities

How would our towns and cities, neighbourhoods and public spaces look and function if the people who live and work within them designed them? Theodore Zamenopoulos and Katerina Alexiou’s work is helping groups across the UK to find out and empowering them to become creative citizens capable of positively changing their communities.