Dr Leah Clark
Arts Fellow, Fellow, Official Fellow
Associate Professor in Art History
Department for Continuing Education
DPhil (McGill, Montréal), MA (london), BA (Hons) (British Columbia)
Leah R. Clark’s research explores the exchange and mobility of art objects in the fifteenth century. She is author of Collecting Art in the Italian Renaissance Court: Objects and Exchanges (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and co-editor (with Kathleen Christian) of a textbook on the ‘global Renaissance’, European Art and the Wider World 1350-1550 (Manchester University Press, 2017). Her next book project investigates the exchange of objects—ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and other luxury items—between Italian courts (Ferrara and Naples in particular) and the Mamluk and Ottoman courts in the fifteenth century. She is co-investigator (with Katherine Wilson) of an interdisciplinary research network examining the mobility of objects (MOB) across and beyond European boundaries during the period (1000-1700) funded by the AHRC.
Leah is dedicated to widening participation and has been involved in a number of outreach projects in Art History. In 2016 she founded Open Arts Objects, an innovative project that provides free open access films to support the teaching of Art History in schools (shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Awards 2019). Leah has taught a wide range of courses in Canada, America, and the UK including Art History courses on the Italian Renaissance, collecting, and transcultural encounters in the early modern world, in addition to cross-disciplinary courses in the Humanities. Her most recent post was at the Open University where her roles included Head of Research and Chair of the MA in Art History.