Creative Arts


Dr Antoinette Burchill

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University Teacher: Fine Art

Dr Antoinette Burchill is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher teaching on the BA(Hons) Fine Art programme. She has presented her award-winning research nationally and internationally. Antoinette holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, MA in Art and the Public Sphere (Loughborough University, 2013) and she obtained her PhD in practice-based research from Loughborough University (2018).

Antoinette’s specialism is mischievously politicised, performative and participatory art practice. This often takes the form of street theatre, either in a guerrilla format, or a commercial artform in a street arts festival context. Her doctoral research explored how her performative practice of mischief could contest how agonism, as a particular type of conflict, can be performed and understood within art practice.

  • SAC116 Resolving Fine Art Practice (Module Leader)
  • SAC117 Fine Art Practice: Final Project
  • SAC118 Consolidating Fine Art Practice
  • SAC119 Fine Art Report
  • SAB115 Reflective Fine Art Practice

Antoinette’s doctoral thesis Exploring Agonism with Mischief: Participatory Performance in the Public Realm (2018) examined Chantal Mouffe’s application of agonism through art practice. Antoinette’s research interests focus on art, participation, politicised practice, politicised public dialogue and public engagement in the public realm. In particular, Antoinette is interested in how both conflict and conviviality can be developed with participants. She has performed at street arts festivals including Mintfest, Bedlam Fair, Derby Festé, Devizes International Street Festival, and Widcombe Rising. In 2015 she founded Freckled Mischief Street Theatre. Her enterprising research, often in the form of guerrilla street theatre, delivers social, cultural and economic impacts. 

Antoinette is an active member of the Politicized Practice Research Group at Loughborough University. Recent projects include “Re-imagining Citizenship project at European Cultural Centre, Venice Biennale” (2019), “Re-Re-Imagining Citizenship”, LU Arts (2019), “Re-Imagining Citizenship”, LU Arts (2018), Into Action: The Politics of Play (2016) and Art Not Oil (2015).

In 2019, Antoinette is also working on a postdoctoral project “It Takes a Region to Raise an Artist”: Researching and Developing the East Midlands Visual Arts Economy. An AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship undertaken at the CAMEo Research Institute, University of Leicester in partnership with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network Midlands (CVAN EM). 

Antoinette has received research funding from AHRC, HEIF, EPSRC, Midlands4Cities, University of Leicester, Loughborough University’s Enterprise Projects Group, Loughborough University Masters Scholarship and Doctoral Studentship, Arts Council England, Bedlam Fair and Derby Festé.