Co-creating, co-producing and connecting: museum practice today

Gayle McPherson, Pamela Barnes

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    We argue in this paper that museums have become hybrid spaces, where consumers look and challenge what they see; they form part of what they see; with some aspects of exhibitions now co‐created and co‐produced by the consumer (Kershaw et al. 2018a,b; Solis 2012). This paper draws on an example from a group that we worked with using performance as a tool to engage a ‘hard to reach’ or ‘socially excluded’ groups. We conclude that by allowing audiences to co‐create and co‐produce exhibitions and performance; this can turn the museum rhetoric of community engagement into practice and create a space that is truly inclusive for the communities it serves. We demonstrate how the possibility of seeing museums as hybrid spaces, which can adapt, can be used for education and entertainment, and how that has in turn led to the transformation of people's lives in a previously socially excluded community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-267
    Number of pages11
    JournalCurator: The Museum Journal
    Issue number2
    Early online date25 Apr 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019


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