Risky business: Engaging adolescents at the Art Gallery of South Australia

In a recent keynote address for the Arts Inspire conference in Adelaide on the implementation of arts education in schools, Robin Pascoe suggested that the importance of communicating knowledge and expertise is secondary to the creation of opportunities for participation, engagement and self‑expression. These goals are echoed in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s focus on expanded models of museum and gallery programming, empowering students and teachers to be self‑directed, rather than relying on a guided tour or lecture by an industry expert. This shift is risky, potentially alienating educators by not providing the kind of support they think they need to justify an excursion.

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