‘Embracing the Tangle’: Creative pedagogy, uncertainty and complex aesthetic experience with young children in a contemporary art museum
Britt, C. (Speaker), Amanda Palmer (Speaker), Davis, B. (Speaker), Wendy Shepherd (Speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation › Presentation
The ‘Art & Wonder’ longitudinal research project is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre, Kids Early Learning (KEL) Blacktown City Council, and the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University. Focusing on very young children’s engagement, learning and responses to regular encounters with contemporary art in the museum context, the research is building a rich picture of how young children bring meaning to and make meaning from contemporary art. There is an emphasis on revisiting and returning over time – building connections and establishing relationships with spaces, materials, artists, artworks and exhibitions. The reflexive reshaping of pedagogical approaches and work with/in infant toddler pedagogy has also transformed the ways in which other educational programs with older school groups and adults at the gallery are now designed and facilitated. In this presentation we will focus on the effects of very young children’s visibility in a public cultural institution; their participation rights as cultural citizens; notions of reciprocity (revisiting, returning, establishing reciprocal relationships with artists, educators, materials, artworks…); the connections between creativity and play; and pedagogically, the ways physical and metaphorical open spaces can be created in the context of a large contemporary art museum, within which very young children’s embodied responding to complex aesthetic experiences can take flight in generative, rich and unexpected ways.