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Dr Kate McMillan

Dr Kate McMillan

  • Academics

Teaching Fellow in Culture, Media and Creative Industries

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For over twenty years Kate McMillan has been a practising contemporary 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. More recently she has been writing on the methodologies of creative resistance in the global south, and in feminist practices. McMillan has worked as an advocate, advisor, writer alongside her practice. More here:

Research Interests

  • Contemporary art
  • Post-colonial approaches to histories
  • Gender & contemporary art
  • Memory, art & landscape

My research interests span across the themes found within contemporary art today, and includes approaches to retrieving and re-situating lost histories. I am currently completing a book titled 'Islands of Empire: Contemporary Art & Un-forgetting' which will be published in 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan. I am also working on a number of research projects that explore gender inequality in contemporary art.

Selected Publications / Exhibitions

  • (upcoming 2019) Islands of Empire: Contemporary Art & Un-forgetting. Palgrave Macmillan 
  • Instructions for Another Future (my feet are ears) 2018, (exhibition) Rohkunstbau Festival, Germany
  • Instructions for Another Future, 2018 (exhibition), Moore Contemporary, Australia
  • The Past is Singing in my Teeth, 2017/18 (exhibition) Kunsthaus Bethanian, Berlin, Civic Room Glasgow; Edinburgh Art Festival
  • The Moment of Disappearance (exhibition). 2014 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