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Does art in science centres and museums need to be participatory?

23 March 2022
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Participatory and collaborative art work offer visitors creative and enjoyable experiences. It is a way in which visitors can bring contribution to a museum. Participatory art experiences offer opportunities to explore and express identity, learn new content and skills as well as engaging in art and science. Could that participatory approach give visitors a voice museums? And what value would it bring to a museum?

In this session we argue that participatory art is more likely to open dialogue between exhibitions, exhibits, science content, art concepts and visitors. It also gives power to the audience as being active participants in a museum and allows them to perceive the institution as more inclusive.

Meet our invited guest for this session:

Our guest for the third session of the Art & Science collaboration Workroom is Michael Bromley. Michael studied fine art, physics and mathematics in college, before leaving education to pursue a career as a musician. He now works as a software developer building open-source tools and explores the intersection of art and engineering through his artistic experiments. You can learn more about his work and projects by visiting his website here.


Art and science collaborations

The community of science centres and museums have shown that working alongside scientists and researchers can be successful, rewarding and impactful, but many public engagement practitioners are also keen to collaborate with artists. What does art bring to the table? How can we set up successful collaborations between those two worlds? And most importantly, what do our institutions' audiences think of the outcomes?