‘If I could, I’d do it all over again’

Before having found AHA, I had never been away from home without the company of friends or family. The idea of being on my own was a terrifying concept. But AHA changed that for me. I came into the program thinking I would fail....


Bronzino, Portrait of a Man holding a Statuette

Art History: Why study it? And what to do with it?

AHA tutor Andy Stewart MacKay on his own experience. Featured painting, Bronzino, Portrait of a Man holding a Statuette (c 1545) Go with alert eyes, a subtle mind and a sympathetic heart Too frequently as an Art History undergraduate (St Andrews University 1998-2002) I...



Summer course students on the Bay of Naples

Trying not to be in touch

“Dad, what’s that music you played me; old music, something demonic and James Bond. I want to play it to Marie (one of AHA’s tutors)”. My heart leapt. It is Bosch Butt Music and the score appears on the bare bottom of a figure...


Feast for the Five Senses – The New Generation Festival & Beyond

Our Director of Studies, Lavinia Harrington, explains why she couldn’t be more excited about the launch of our new 3-week Late Summer Course this year. A deliberate appeal to all five senses; this course embraces music, drawing, gastronomy, archaeology, ecology, poetry, opera, history and, of...