Art | History | for | Film | Makers


Most recent workshop series- HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE, London AUTUMN 2017


"Art History Film" is the website for Gillian McIver's Art History and Cinema resource. This was inspired by the book "Art History for Filmmakers" and my ongoing research. Very soon on this site there will be a cinematographic tour of a major fine art museum.

Meanwhile you can follow this site's Facebook page, which has short interesting things about the art-film relationship, descriptions and podcasts of lectures and talks and film/exhibition reviews.

ahf book Some reviews

“Filmmaking does not exist in an artistic vacuum, and Art History for Filmmakers is a phenomenal book that explores how filmmakers can use the visual arts …”
– Kira Cook, Editor’s Picks Cinema Thread Magazine | Issue 1 | Winter 2016-17

“Excellent integration of art and film. Particularly useful in regard to cinematography and mise en scene. Ideas are well-expressed and illustrated. This text will cause filmmakers to look anew at painting.”
– Dr Ashley Gaskin, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland

"A year ago I ordered ‘Art History for Filmmakers’ to help me teach critical and contextual studies in creative media. I found that there is no other book that so comprehensively ties context with the art of filmmaking. I have since shared it with both colleagues and students, and our library has ordered copies of it at their request."
– Rozy Sarkis, filmmaker and Lecturer in Film & Digital Media, Westminster Kingsway College, London

“This is an outstanding book for filmmakers, opening up art history and providing a visual vocabulary beyond the technically cinematic that is sure to enhance student and professional work. In taking a broad survey of art movements and linking to examples of contemporary and classic cinema, this is an approachable, essential text for film production students as well as writers and directors seeking to augment their visual knowledge.”
– Chris Buxton, University of Wales Trinity St David, UK

“This is a nicely presented and engaging text which relates film to fine art practice in a novel and interesting way. It will be useful for students extending their practice in film making and should inspire them to consider the origins and impact of decisions in composition and lighting.”
– Tracy Piper-Wright, University of Chester, UK



Gillian McIver studied History, then went on to study Filmmaking. Her artist films have been screened widely, and she works as a producer and director. Her interest in fine art has led her curate exhibitions and run an East London gallery. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at many institutions, and has taught at Roehampton University, Central St Martins and SAE Institute London.
Writes: Film & Animation, Film Genre, Film Production
Author of : Art History for Filmmakers Bloomsbury 2016