Case Study: The Performing” Museum”

Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
262 America's Center
This presentation showcases two experimental programs at the National Gallery London, one based on silence and the other on choreographed movement. Both have challenged the notion that visual art education should be dominated by spoken words. Learning from dance artists and mindfulness practitioners leads to powerful, direct experiences for visitors and has transformed our practice as educators. This session outlines the creative process, logistics, and theory underpinning these experiences. We reconsider visual literacy in terms of visceral experience-thinking and feeling without a dependence upon verbal interpretation.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Develop understanding of the successful design of experiences, using evidence and examples of good and less successful programs.
  2. Learn through practical examples about various strategies to engage colleagues and attract organizational buy-in.
  3. Form a critical understanding of the learning theories and cognitive processes involved in making non-verbal experiences successful.
Gill Hart
Head of Education
Gill Hart is Head of Education at the National Gallery London. Gill has worked in Visual Art Education since 2000 in various roles at the National Gallery, Glasgow Museums and the Fitzwilliam Museum. She was the Museums Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2009/10 and her research interests lie in interpretation and creating high quality life-long and life-wide learning experiences that cater for a broad range of audience needs.