Arts of Place

A meeting-point for all who care what we make of our surroundings.


“Arts of Place promotes work on cultural histories of landscape, locality and environment. We want to foster rich understandings of places past and present. Our events and mailing list are open to all. Please do join us.”

Alexandra Harris and Jessica Fay, University of Birmingham

Julie Brook, our resident artist
More details here


Richard Mabey on Gilbert White of Selborne

A Weinrebe Lecture in collaboration with Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
Listen here

Noticeboard: Upcoming Events in 2022

Monday Conversation, 7th February ‘On Place Value’

Why do we value the land? Is it for agriculture and food production? For the richness of biodiversity? For the beauty of landscape or for recreation?
Join us for an online discussion with Dr Christopher Donaldson (Lancaster) and Dr Pippa Marland (Bristol).


Explore our writing, talks, collaborations, and opportunities


Meet our collaborators

Alexandra Harris

Professorial Fellow in English at the University of Birmingham.

Jessica Fay

Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of Birmingham

James Metcalf

Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature, King’s College London

Will May

Associate Professor in English, University of Southampton

What’s on your bookshelf?

Arts of Place members and friends offer a trove of short reflections on items from their bookshelves that have shaped their thinking about place. From classic pieces of nature writing, to contemporary works of criticism and theory, via local history, poetry and novels, we are creating an archive of book recommendations that will help enrich our perspectives.

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Keep up with Arts of Place

Featured image: David Cox, The Cross Roads, oil on panel, 1850, Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries.
Find out more in our Bookshelf entry on Common Land in English Painting, 1700-1850