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Category Spotlight: Art History & Theory

In 2017, it was decided that Art History & Theory should constitute a category in its own right, because of the number and quality of papers submitted on the subject. Previously, students of Art History could submit their work to the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category. From medieval manuscripts to modern sculptures, this category covers all academic writing on the subject of Art.

The 2017 Global Winner of the Art History & Theory category was Eden Gelgoot from Queen’s University at Kingston. Her paper was titled “The Role of The UNESCO World Heritage List in The Commemoration of World War II”

The essay examined the Development of UNESCO as a direct response to the damage and looting of cultural heritage by the Nazis during the Second World War. It also explored the preservation and conservation efforts employed to safeguard Auschwitz-Birkenau and The Hiroshima Peace Memorial for future generations. Lastly, it compared Compared the risk factors that challenge the retention of authenticity at both cultural heritage sites.

A paper that clearly stood out to our judging panel. The judges noted that her paper was “a thought-provoking, balanced examination of the issues surrounding two comparable 'monuments’, and their tangible and intangible values.”

Also, in 2017 Sacha Dillion from University College Cork received Highly Commended for her paper “Discuss How Mainie Jellett combines the Ideals of Ancient Ireland with those of the Irish Free State to create a nationalistic painting in Composition With Three Elements, 1935

The essay explored how through Jellett’s unique use of Cubism, created a visual language with which to express Irish identity which spoke both to Irelands Celtic past and Christian present. It looked at how Jellett drew  inspiration from ancient Irish art and Celtic belief and fused it with the Christian iconography of the new Catholic Irish Free State to create an artwork which encompassed Irelands main strands of Nationalism; Heritage and Religion.

We are particularly excited to see the incoming submissions to the 2018 Programme because of the top-quality research being completed by undergraduate students in this field. If you would like to find out how to submit click here.

If you would like to read any of the Global Winners papers or Highly Commended papers go to The Undergraduate Awards Library.