Short Biography

I hold a BA and MA in Art History and Museum Studies from 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'. 

Throughout my academic career I have worked with a range of museums, galleries and cultural organisations, including Aberystwyth University Museum and Gallery, Oriel Davies Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial and National Museums Liverpool. I am particularly interested in the social and political roles of art museums and galleries. My research interests include: museum interpretation, education and participation; museum architecture and urban change; and curating in post-conflict contexts.

Teaching Specialisms:

Museum and Gallery Studies

Critical Heritage Studies

Art and Design History (mid-nineteenth century to present)

Material and Visual Methodologies

School Roles:

Faculty Senior Academic Advisor

Course Leader: Level C History Core2

Recent Publications:

Kappler, Stefanie & McKane, Antoinette. ‘Post-Conflict Curating’ the Arts and Politics of Belfast’s Peace Walls’, De Arte, 54:2, 2019, pp. 4-21.

Co-editorship, including co-authored Introduction of special issue ‘Arts, Peace and Conflict’, Kritika Kultura, 26, 2016.

McKane, Antoinette, ‘The Founding of Tate Liverpool: conception, development, and urban impact’ in Art Museums and Territorial Development, ed. Guy Baudelle, Gerhard Krauss and Jean-Francois Polo (University of Rennes Press: 2015), pp. 141-156.

McKane, Antoinette, ‘Concordances: New Work by Maxine Bristow’, Whitworth Art Gallery (exhibition catalogue), 2013.

McKane, Antoinette, ‘The Fifth Floor: Elevating Social Responsibility in the Public Art Museum’ in The Fifth Floor, ed Peter Gorschluter (University of Liverpool Press: 2009), pp. 54-63.

McKane, Antoinette ‘William Roberts’, Oriel Davies Gallery (exhibition catalogue), 


Member of the Association for Art History

Member of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies