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: