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Dr Claire Robins
Room 860
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6195
Fax: +44 (0)20 7612 6202
  • Associate Professor in Art Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Claire is the Subject Lead for the Art Design and Museology Group at  UCL, Institute of Education. She is a Reader in Art and Education and programme leader for  the MA Art and Design in Education.  
  • She studied Fine Art at St Martins School of Art.  Shortly after graduating she 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 her MA, completed in 1991 at the Institute of Education. 
  • Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s she taught in art colleges, schools and galleries whilst continuing to work  as an artist.  In 2009 she completed  a PhD which examined the growth of artists' interventions in museums.  She has published widely and given many international conference papers on art and artists in education. 
  • She is on the editorial board of Engage:  the journal of  the national association for gallery educators and is the External Examiner for the Educational Doctoral programme at the University of Chester.

Research Summary

  • Claire's research interests include: art education, artists in sites for learning, curatorial practices and the shaping of knowledge in galleries and museums. Her monograph Curious Lessons in the Museum was published in 2013 and  examines the ways in which galleries and museums have deployed 'artists' interventions' to reinterpret and critique their collections and practices. She is 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 Art Galleries 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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