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Dr Antoinette McKane

School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 3127
Arts and Humanities

I completed my BA and MA studies in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. My PhD, an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award, was completed at the University of Liverpool's Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts, in close partnership with Tate Liverpool. 

Building on the findings of my doctoral research, I continued to work with Tate Liverpool on an AHRC-funded research project titled 'Beyond Constructivism: Re-thinking gallery education'. This research used Jacques Ranciere's theories on education and emancipation as a framework to critique and pose alternatives to the constructivist methods of museum education.  Throughout my academic career I have also worked in a variety of freelance roles for museums, galleries and cultural organisations, including Aberystwyth University Museum and Gallery, Oriel Davies Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial.

I am particularly interested in the social and political roles of art museums and galleries. My ongoing research interests include museum interpretation, education and participation, museum architecture, and museums and urban change.

At Liverpool Hope, I am Programme Leader for MA Museum and Heritage Studies, delivered in partnership with National Museums Liverpool. I also teach art history and museum studies on the BA Art and Design History, BA Fine Art and BA Design programmes.