Professor Hilary Robinson has been appointed as Dean of the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University.
She joins Middlesex from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University where she was Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
Professor Robinson’s research interests focus on the relationship between feminist thinking and art. She is also interested in art criticism, performance art, and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on post-industrial cities.
As well as writing many papers, she has published ‘Feminism-Art-Theory 1968-2000: an anthology’; ‘Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: the politics of art by women’; ‘Visibly Female: women and art today’, and the first three editions of ‘The Rough Guide to Venice’. She is currently working on a new edition of the ‘Feminism-Art-Theory’ anthology, and also on a history of the feminist art movement.
Former academic roles include leading the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster, where she was also Professor of the Politics of Art.
Now at Middlesex, Hilary leads the newly formed School of Art and Design, covering fine art, visual communication, interiors, and fashion. The School has recently moved into the University’s new £80m facility for creative courses, ‘The Grove’, based in Hendon, North London.
Professor Hilary Robinson said: “it is both a pleasure and an honour to be appointed Dean of this new school - which in fact has a long and respected history reaching back 133 years to the founding of Hornsey College of Art, and I look forward to working with the staff and students to help further develop its identity. This school has been known for its commitment to ensuring excellence in art and design education, and it is vital that we are at the forefront of those debates and practices in these precarious economic times."