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Scanned Notes 17.1.12

Notes from: Hooper-Greenhill, Eilean. “Learning from Culture: The Importance of the Museums and Galleries Education Program (Phase I) in England.” Curator: The Museum Journal 47, no. 4 (October 2004): 428-449. http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.2151-6952.2004.tb00137.x

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Main point I want to remember
I’m looking at children attending museums* as general visitors, not as school students.

*The term “museum/s” is used in the place of art gallery, gallery, museum, general collecting institution, etc.


Scanned Notes

Jotted some notes while reading Mai, Lea, and Robyn Gibson. “The rights of the putti : a review of the literature on children as cultural citizens in art museums.” Museum Management and Curatorship 26, no. 4 (October 26, 2011): 355-371. >> helpful starting point; lots of good refs to follow up on >> then transferred into Mendeley (when appropriate) but some notes more general ideas that popped up as I was reading.

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My ‘snoopervisor-in-chief’ for today.

The Art of Bird Watching at the NGA

As part of my undergraduate career I created a ‘mock’ exhibition to be held in the NGA’s children’s gallery. This assessment piece was one of three undergrad items I physically stored away for future use (the other two being my Honours thesis journal and a course booklet about collecting, which contained many useful references). And I am now so grateful that  I kept this assessment — it has many small points within it that are bringing forth more ideas with each re-read.

  • Using a smaller kids-orientated (and single themed) exhibition as a ‘gateway’ to the National Collection as a whole
  • Using artworks to explore a broad context in a kid-friendly manner (From this example — what is bird watching [at the gallery]?, what is a bird?, what are feathers?, how do birds fly?, nests and eggs and chicks, birds you can watch, how can you help birds?, activity::a bird you can make) — providing age appropriate materials, as well as further resources for families/schools to use outside of the gallery to continue the learning outcomes of the exhibition
  • Introducing kids to a variety of media used by artists, as well as objects the general public may not consider ‘art’ (or may be viewed as artefacts, etc. depending on definitions produced by institutions)
  • Running public programs in conjunction with the exhibitions in order to further promote the exhibition PLUS art making in general (not to mention using it as a further ‘gateway’ to the gallery)
  • Guided (or self-guided) tour of the gallery as a hide-and-seek style affair — moves children out of the designated gallery and into the institution as a whole >> ‘gateway’
  • Check the aims of institutions re: programs for children (and what are the targeted ages?) >> think about what is my definition of ‘children’?
  • Publications available in connection to children’s art gallery >> how interpreted for use by kids? parents? schools? community groups?
  • Introducing children to a variety of art styles, cultures, mediums, artists, eras
  • Display of a child friendly exhibition = low hung works, etc >> exhibition display
  • Catalogue and textual materials encourage a link between the theme and the art >> creates further interest for viewer
  • Connecting with community [interest] groups in order to widen the appeal of exhibitions
  • Continuously available activity within the gallery space allows children to physically participate within the exhibition, without having to be on site at the specific times of other organised activities
  • The addition of interactive questions within wall labels as a way of guiding children’s viewing of artworks


This is exactly me right now, while I am doing prelim reading:


Texting with Mum

My mum is getting more excited about my thesis topic than me today:

Love the idea  of children’s exhibitions…You could consider one age group or families. Your library story youth could give you a few hints too so look up librarians and children’s services too…I also thought you could make up a questionnaire to send to regional galleries as the one here [in Maitland] does lots of after school and holiday workshops for kids. You also have museums and galleries to consider. You were also good at [social studies] which could give you lots of ideas too…You could compare state provision or metropolitan or rural NSW or just look at one are in detail.

Tough Choice

Instead of worrying about my thesis topic today, I have spent it perusing online shops (hoping to spend some birthday cash). I would love a new, stylish backpack for summer school (and when travelling in general), and have narrowed it down to these two options:

Korea Fashion Dual-Use Canvas Bag

Large Capacity Multi-Use Canvas Bag

I am (patiently) waiting until Daniel gets up from his day sleep to order one of them. I just cannot decide which I like better — I love the simplicity of the first style, but I love the multi-styled nature of the second bag. Both are also within a suitable price range.

Hmm… I think I am leaning towards the second style.


Totally ordered the second bag (plus a cute mint coloured dress).

Curating for Kids

I would love for my thesis to be more curatorship based this time. Therefore the idea of researching exhibitions designed for children is appealing to me more and more.

I have been importing articles, related pages, etc. into my Mendeley for future reference >> Google Scholar phrase “curating exhibitions for children”


Early Morning Thoughts

Working early in the morning at the bakery has it’s pros and cons. One of the cons is the time it gives me to think without the distractions of the day. This morning I was (again) thinking about my thesis topic and, in particular, a past project I wrote on an imaginary children’s exhibition at the NGA. This got me to thinking about whether or not I would like to look at the impact of art on children, or the importance of constructing exhibitions for children (and the best ways to do this). I really do feel that the arts are an important field and it should be made easily accessible to children of all ages.

Need to have a quick look around for articles related to this, to see what information is out there.