Young Audiences Learning Experiences in Contemporary Art

By Patricia Bueno-Delgado.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Mexico is a very interesting place for contemporary artists, exhibitions and museums. However, the sector’s professionalisation is still underdeveloped. Little effort has been made by museum staff to communicate with audiences and understand their needs and interests.

This paper focuses on ongoing research, which explores how museums can improve young audiences learning experiences by developing a two-way dialogue with them. It considers constructivist and experiential learning theories to create a two-way dialogue with young audiences.

Particularly, it studies the case of MuAC, National University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City. The focus shall be on its 'Enlaces' learning programme, which aims to train young audiences participants about the artwork and exhibitions in order to create dialogue with audiences in a more inclusive, equal and participatory way. The paper discusses the current situation of 'Enlaces' participants in terms of learning and the effectiveness of two-way dialogue with the museum.

Two-way dialogue can improve audiences understanding about contemporary art and their learning experiences, as well as museum practices to develop innovative learning activities, which can attract, involve and include current and new audiences. By having meaningful learning experiences, and having a dialogue about contemporary artworks, the Mexican public will develop further social, emotional and aesthetic skills, which will make their lives better and will enhance the evolution of Mexican society.

Keywords: Learning, Education, Contemporary Art, Museum, Communication, Dialogue, Young Audiences

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.95-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 573.485KB).

Patricia Bueno-Delgado

PhD Student, Cultural Policy and Management, City University London, London, UK

Originally from Mexico City, she is doing a PhD at City University London. Her research is about learning, education and dialogue in Mexican contemporary art museums, in order to develop audiences and their understanding of the artwork. She did her undergraduate in Economics (CIDE, Mexico City, 2002) and postgraduate in Visual Culture (University of Westminster, London, 2007). She has been awarded full scholarships to study abroad in Argentina (2001) and London (2006-2007 and 2008-2011). She presented conference papers at “The Go Between”, University of Glamorgan and National Museum Cardiff (2009); and “Inclusive Practice in Museums, Galleries and Archives: Audiences and Communities”, University of Westminster, MLA London and Museum of London Docklands (2008). She participated in cultural economics and art markets research projects, and publications for UBS (2003), Mexican Arts Council (2005) and Kogan Page (2008). Her undergraduate thesis was awarded by HSBC Mexico (2003), a shorter version of this research was published in the most important Economics Journal in Mexico (2008).


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