Image: Women performers reading Wireless Weekly (detail), by Nanette Kuehn, Sydney ca. 1940, State Library of New South Wales, 

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,


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