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Prof Claire Robins
Room 860
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6195
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  • Professor of Museology and Art
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

  • I am the Subject Leader for the Art Design and Museology Academic Group  
  • Department Graduate Tutor  for the Department of Culture Communication and Media.
  • 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 approaches to 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 conference papers on art and artists in education,  
  • I am a member the editorial board for Engage:  the International Journal of Visual Arts and Gallery Education and I peer review for a number of art education and gallery education journals. I am also a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). 

Research Groups
Research Summary

  • My research interests include: art education, artists in sites for learning, curatorial practices and the shaping of knowledge in galleries and museums.  My book Curious Lessons in the Museum 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

• PhD and EdD Supervisor 

• Teaching  MA Art Education Culture and Practice and MA Museums and Galleries in Education, including supervising MA dissertations. 

• Doctoral School Research Degrees Training Programme.

• 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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