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Image: Women performers reading Wireless Weekly (detail), by Nanette Kuehn, Sydney ca. 1940, State Library of New South Wales, https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/7981848656/ 

Democracy has bad taste

Come along to the first meeting of our Article Club.

When:    Wednesday 4 May 2016
Time:      6.00pm – 8.00pm
Where:  The Snug Room
               King O’Malley’s Irish Pub
               131 City Walk
               Canberra City (Civic)

Cost:   Members (including institutional members) free
            Non-members  free

More information: Emily (email)

Acceptances: Email by 3 May 2016
 

The Club

The Club will select and discuss articles with topics relevant to the GLAM sector—just like a book club but with less reading! We will be meeting bi-monthly. Email Emily with article suggestions and discussion questions.

 

The article

Our first article is Democracy has bad taste, a lecture by English artist Grayson Perry, part of his BBC series Playing to the gallery.

Listen to the lecture or read the transcript in advance:

  • Audio           (42 minutes - stream online or download MP3)
  • Transcript    (8,000 words - 209 kB pdf)


Discussion points

Perry refers to the tools required to understand and ‘appreciate’ art

  • how do you think these can be applied to historic and cultural objects/collections?
  • do you think our cultural institutions provide space for audience reactions, thoughts, judgements?
  • do you think these judgements should play a part in curation?


What can we do to open up museums and galleries often thought of as elite and intimidating?

  • what can we be doing to reach the audiences we don’t yet have?
  • do you think there are different approaches for different types of cultural institutions?

Perry talks about ‘international art English’

  • what measures do you use to ensure your interpretations are open and widely accessible?

 

Image: Women performers reading Wireless Weekly (detail), by Nanette Kuehn, Sydney c. 1940, State Library of New South Wales, https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/7981848656/

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