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Tabitha Millett


Affiliated Lecturer and Art and Design PGCE course leader

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  • PhD in Education UCL
  • BA Art, Film and Theatre University of Reading 2008
  • Master in Education University of Cambridge 2016
  • PGCE Art and Design University of Cambridge 2014

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • External Examiner for Birmingham City University
  • National Society for Education in Art and Design

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My scholarship challenges Art and Design education orthodoxies, such as representationalism and formalism, by utilising queer and new materialist theories to develop and trouble the art curriculum. I am particularly interested in art-based research and how the creative process can lead to understanding differently to more traditional methods. For example, I investigate material moments of queerness and unknowingness developing from the entanglement of human and non-human matter and how this may cultivate a change in state, leading to new ways of being in the art classroom.

For the past three years, I have connected local schools in London and Cambridge with the National Trust and Kettle’s Yard for students to queer their collections and cultural heritage sites. The outcome of this partnership has meant that students have exhibited their artwork publicly in the National Trust and Kettle’s Yard galleries. For more information about this partnership visit:

Academic Area/Links

  • Art and Design Education
  • Arts and Creativities
  • Queer and Feminist Theory

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Research Topics

  • Art and Design Education
  • Arts and Creativities
  • Arts Based Research
  • Queer theory in Art Education
  • Feminist theory in Art Education
  • New Materialism in Art Education

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  • Course Leader for PGCE Art and Design
  • Lecturer and Supervisor on Arts, Creativities and Education MPhil
  • Supervisor for Master in Education
  • Lecturer on Creativity and Thinking Undergraduate Tripos

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Principal and Recent Publications

Millett, T. (2019) ‘Queering the art classroom: queering matters’, The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 38(4): pp.809-822.

Millett, T (2019) ‘Queeirng the art classroom’, AD Magazine, Issue 26.