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Kate McMillan

McMillan, Dr Kate

Teaching Fellow in Culture, Media and Creative Industries


Culture, Media and Creative Industries 
King’s College London 
2.04 Chesham Building 
Strand Campus 



For over twenty years Kate McMillan has been a practicing artist working across installation, film, sound, photography and sculpture. McMillan has been shown in, and collected by, major museums, biennales, festivals and institutions around the world. Her work examines the persistence of difficult and forgotten histories in the present. Both her art practice and academic research engages with the residue of the past. Her PhD explored the capacity for Contemporary Art to un-forget history with a specific focus on the colonial histories of Australia. She has taught at universities in Australia and England since 1999 including University of Creative Arts, Farnham, Coventry University, Open University, Australia and Curtin University, Australia. McMillan has worked as an advocate, Advisor, Writer, Board Director to the Visual Arts and is interested in the cultural labour of artists and how that can both sustain and undermine systems of production.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Contemporary Art
  • Aboriginal Cultures & Post-colonial approaches to histories
  • Cultural Labour and the Visual Arts
  • 20th century Photography and the image
  • Memory, Art & Landscape

My research interests span across the themes found within Contemporary Art today, and include approaches to retrieving and re-situating lost histories. I have taught and written modules that explore the relationship between Landscape and Art from pre-historic times to the present; Photographic theory; twentieth century philosophy and its interaction with Modernism and Art; Feminism and Art; Post-colonial theories in respect to Australia, the British Empire and Asia and Aboriginal Cultures.

Selected Publications
  • (upcoming) K, McMillan (2107) ‘Palinopsia’ (exhibition) Zootomie, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • K, McMillan (2015) Contemporary Art & Un-forgetting (PhD). Curtin University
  • McMillan, K; (2015) ‘The Ghosts of Material Things’ in The Moment of Disappearance. Performance Space, Sydney
  • McMillan, K (2104) The Moment of Disappearance (exhibition). Performance Space, Sydney
  • K, McMillan (2014) The Potter’s Field (exhibition). Acme Project Space, London
  • K, McMillan (2013) ‘Islands of Incarceration’. Art & Geography Conference, University of Maynooth, Republic of Ireland
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