Abi Shapiro

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Abi is writer and lecturer in the fields of art history and feminist theory. Her research interests lie in the study of post war and contemporary interdisciplinary art practices that explore questions of gender, sexuality, space, embodiment, agency, and authorship. After undertaking an investigation into feminist installation art practice in her studio work during a Foundation Fine Art degree in 2011, she is particularly interested in art making that takes into account the relationship between theoretical, artistic and activist practices. She is currently completing a PhD in Art History at McGill University that examines women artists working at the intersections of installation art, architecture and feminism in the 1960s and 1970s.


  • (2011, ongoing) PhD Candidate in Art History in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Montréal.
  • (2010-11) Foundation Diploma with Distinction in Fine Art & Design at Coleg Menai, Bangor.
  • (2007-8) MA with Distinction in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
  • (2004-7) 1st Class BA Hons in Combined Arts in Art History and English Literature at Durham University, Durham.

Abi has previously been the course instructor for ‘Methods in Art History’ and ‘Art Now: Contemporary Art from 1980 to Today’ at McGill University. At City & Guilds of London Art School she currently teaches the BA Histories of Modern Art course and Art & Design Histories at Foundation level. She also supervises BA theses and MA dissertations.

Publications and Papers
(2015) ‘Foreword’ Oak and Iron: Theo Shields, Exhibition Catalogue http://www.theoshields.com/catalogues.html
‘An Early Installation Art Maverick Gets Her Due with a Madrid Retrospective’

Hyperallergic, (2015) http://hyperallergic.com/236499/an-early-installation-art-maverick-gets-her-due-with-a-madrid-retrospective/
“The Personality Laboratory” (artwork by Abi Shapiro), InCirculation, Issue 2, Vol 1, Department of Art History and Communications Studies Graduate Journal, 2012

Abi has presented research conference papers at The Association of Art Historians in Norwich (2015), The Feminist Art History Conference at American University (2014) and at McGill University (2012).


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