SPoKE: a brilliant filmmaking competition for students

In this post we want to showcase one of the prizes we sponsor which is very close to our hearts. As an organisation whose mission is ‘to inspire a lifelong love of learning about subjects from art and architecture to history, literature and music‘,...


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...


24 hours in…Sumptuous Siena with AHA Tutor Frankie Dytor

Perhaps less well-known and certainly less visited than its neighbouring city Florence, Siena was founded in antiquity by the two sons of Remus (whose brother, Romulus, founded Rome). I recently spent two glorious weeks there to brush up on my rather non-existent Italian skills. The...