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Dr Victoria Horne

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

I am an art historian specialising in the cultural and intellectual history of Anglo-American feminism. Prior to joining Northumbria University in 2016, I was a Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellow and Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

My research generally engages with the intellectual traditions and social practices of the art-historical discipline, and pays particular attention to how institutions organise and express ideas about art. I’ve published articles about feminist art historiography, the collecting of activist art by museums, the documentary collective the Hackney Flashers, the historiographic turn in contemporary women’s art, and feminist-influenced scholarship within the Association of Art Historians. I regularly write book and exhibition reviews. My research has previously received funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Association for Art History.

I am currently developing a project focussed on second-wave feminism’s periodical culture in relation to the explosion of new feminist-inflected perspectives on art and aesthetics. I’m also interested in cultural attitudes towards reading and particularly the depiction of women readers in modern and contemporary art. I recently edited a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review on the theme of feminist reading activities which will be published late 2019 (vol. 30 no.3).

At Northumbria I teach historical and critical studies to Graphic Design, Fine Art and Film students, as well as convening masters-level modules and supervising doctoral students. I would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students interested in studying feminist visual culture and theory, art historiography, periodical culture or institutional critique.


PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2014.

MA, University of Manchester, 2009.

BA, Queen's University Belfast, 2008.


Further information can be found on my webpage:

Victoria Horne

Campus Address

Northumbria University, City Campus
Lipman 501
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Danger! Women Reading, Horne, V. 18 Oct 2019, In: Women: A Cultural Review
  • The Feminist Art of Self-Education, Horne, V. 18 Oct 2019
  • ‘Our project is not to add to art history as we know it, but to change it.’ The establishment of the Association of Art Historians and the emergence of feminist interventions, 1974-1990, Horne, V. 1 Jun 2018, In: Journal of Art Historiography
  • Losing Ground? A Note on Feminism, Cultural Activism, and Urban Space, Horne, V. 13 Sep 2017, In: Third Text
  • Feminism and Art History Now: Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice, Horne, V., Perry, L. 18 Dec 2016
  • Taking Care: Feminist Curatorial Pasts, Presents and Futures, Horne, V., Lloyd, K., Richards, J., Spencer, C. May 2016, In: On Curating
  • The Art of Social Reproduction, Horne, V. Aug 2016, In: Journal of Visual Culture
  • Kate Davis: re-visioning art history after modernism and postmodernism, Horne, V. 1 May 2015, In: Feminist Review
  • Institutional Dissonance: Tate, BP and Socialist-Feminist History, Horne, V. Jun 2014, In: Radical Philosophy

PGR Supervision

James Bell Start: 01/10/2017


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