Institutional Knowing // Knowing Institutions

Joanne Williams, Sarah Harvey Richardson


Through processes of engaging with specific art galleries and museums, our research has become particularly interested in the spaces between knowledge, intentions, policy and practice. This has resulted in a critical investigation of the conditions of knowledge production - what factors have enabled or constrained, and what are the different techniques utilised within the institutions’ own thinking and practice. This has been concurrent to our questioning of how we can come to understand these aspects of museum and gallery praxis, and how this understanding can be articulated in the very particular context of postgraduate research. These practical and theoretical concerns are addressed through two case studies: 1) a visitor study considering the methodological challenges of ‘knowing’ engagement with contemporary art in heritage; 2) an exploration of an organisation’s understanding and articulation of its ‘audience(s)’.


Arts Audiences, Museums, Galleries, Knowledge construction, Cultural policy

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