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Dr Claire Robins
Room 860
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6195
Fax: +44 (0)20 7612 6202
Appointment
  • Associate Professor in Art Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography
  • I am the Subject Leader for the Art Design and Museology Group at  UCL, Institute of Education. Since 2015 I have been a Reader (Associate Professor) and programme leader for  the MA Art and Design in Education.  
  • I studied Fine Art at St Martins School of Art.  Shortly after graduating I became involved with  gallery education and interested in the relationship between contemporary artists' practices and their involvement with art education. This was the subject of my MA, completed in 1991 at the Institute of Education. 
  • Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s I taught in art colleges, schools and galleries whilst continuing to work  as an artist.  In 2009 I completed  a PhD which examined the growth of artists' interventions in museums.  I have published widely and given many international conference papers on art and artists in education,  most recently a Keynote 'Re-appraising the Museum's Pedagogic Role in an Age of Uncertainty' at Seoul National University, S Korea, October 2019.
  • I am on the editorial board of Engage:  the International Journal of Visual Arts and Gallery Education and peer review for a number of art education and gallery education journals.

Research Summary

  • My research interests include: art education, artists in sites for learning, curatorial practices and the shaping of knowledge in galleries and museums.  In 2013 my book Curious Lessons in the Museum was published, it examines the ways in which galleries and museums have deployed 'artists' interventions' to reinterpret and critique their collections and practices. I am particularly interested in artists whose work might be defined as 'parafictional' and who intervene in educational contexts in powerful, ludic, and disruptive ways. 

Teaching Summary

• Programme Leader: MA Art & Design in Education
• Teaching and leading  MA modules.
• PhD and EdD Supervisor
• Doctoral School Research Degrees Training Programme: Researching in Museums and ArtGalleries and Practice-led research 
• Learning in Galleries, short course with Engage.


Personal country knowledge 

  • United States of America: museum and gallery education 
  • China: art education 
  • Taiwan: art education and museum and gallery education

Languages spoken 
  • French (basic)

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