Victoria Kinsella

Research Fellow in Education (Creativity)

School of Education and Social Work

Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Research Fellow in Education at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity. She has worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various contexts including schools, prisons and with outside educational agencies.

Her research interests include the exploration of creative teaching and learning and how we might foster these approaches within educational contexts. She is also interested in the use of cultural historical activity theory for the analysis of learning within the creative classroom. Prior to her academic studies she worked as an art and design teacher in UK secondary schools and has personal experience of the socio-cultural-political structures surrounding education.

Current Activity


Victoria is the lead and co-researcher on a number of arts and creativity projects:

  • Youth Music Exchanging Notes Evaluation
  • Koestler Trust Arts Gateway Mentoring Scheme
  • One Handed Musical Instrument Teaching Project
  • Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools External Project Evaluation.
  • Stringcredibles Evaluation Project.
Areas of Expertise
  • Creativity in Education
  • Activity theory
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Music Education
  • Art and Design Education

Birmingham City University: PhD Breaking the Narrative: Addressing the loss of creativity in Secondary Key Stage Three Art and Design Education in England.

Birmingham City University: PGCE Secondary Art and Design

Central St Martins School of Art: MA Fine Art Sculpture.

Loughborough University: BA Fine Art Sculpture

  • International Society for Music Education (ISME)
  • European Association of Music in Schools (EAS)
  • British Education Research Association (BERA)

PhD supervisor.

  • Creativity in Education
  • Activity theory
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Music Education
  • Art and Design Education

Book Chapters:

In Press: Kinsella, V., and Fautley, M. (2015) The use of Activity Theory as an analytical tool for the music learning processes. IN Bugos, J (Ed) Contemporary Research in Music Learning Across the Lifespan. New York: Routledge

Fautley, M. & Kinsella, V. (2015) Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order thinking. IN Natassa Economidou Stavrou & Mary Stakelum (Eds) Every Learner Counts: Democracy and Inclusion in Music Education. Volume 4 of European Perspectives on Music Education. EAS publications, Heilbling, Innsbruck, Austria

Addison, N., Burgess, L., Kinsella. V. and Kenning, D. (2014) 'Learning in art and design education' in Addison, N. and Burgess, L. (Eds.) Learning to teach art and design in the secondary school (3rd Edition) London: Routledge/Falmer.

Evaluation Reports:

Stringcredibles Report. Victoria Kinsella and Martin Fautley (2015). The Arts Council.

Imagine Compose Evaluation Report by Martin Fautley, Kirsty Devaney and Victoria Kinsella (2015). Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Sound and Music.

Listen, Imagine, Compose Research Report by Professor Martin Fautley with contributions from Pauline Adams, Robert Bunting, Pam Burnard, John Finney, Victoria Kinsella, and Jonathan Savage (2014). Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Sound and Music and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Resolution Report by Professor Martin Fautley and Victoria Kinsella. For Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Wellcome Trust.


RIME 2015 - Exeter University April 14-18Th 2015. Primary age pupils composing contemporary music in a voluntary out-of-school setting.

ISAME 2015 - ISAME 2015 Conference February 18-21 Virginia, USA. Using Activity Theory to reveal formative assessment practices of contemporary composers and classroom music teachers in their composing pedagogies.

IJADE 2014 - IJADE 2014 Conference 24th October Tate Liverpool. Art and Design PGCE Trainees perceptions of University, School, and Gallery based curriculum workshops.

BIBAC 2014 - BIBAC 2014 Conference 25th October Cambridge University. The importance of intersubjectivity for building creative relations.

EAS May 2014 - ‘Activity theory and classroom composing pedagogy’ ‘Higher Order Thinking, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Music Education’ University of Nicosia. ‘Developing classroom composing in an KS4 Secondary School Music class’.

BERA 2013 - British Education Research Association Annual Conference, University of Sussex. Joint Presentation with Professor Martin Fautley.

BERA 2013 -‘Breaking the Narrative: Creative Learning in the Art and Design Classroom’. British Education Research Association Annual Conference, University of Sussex.

INSEA 2013 - ‘Ritualistic Pedagogies’. International Society for Education through Art Regional Congress, Canterbury Christ Church University

Work With Industry

Strategic Board Member - Arts Connect

Links and Social Media

Twitter - @DrToriKinsella