The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, November 24, 2014


Free Admission Boosts Sense of Public Ownership of National Museums in the UK
Recently released government figures show visits to national museums and galleries are at a record high for the third year running.
LONDON.- Eight years after free admission to museums and galleries was introduced, The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity, releases its new research, Free to see - but what's next?, exploring what has happened since the national museums freely opened their doors, and what value the British public places on their national art collection.

‘I feel like I own this place anyway’

‘The fact that the gallery is free gives a sense of ownership’

‘Public ownership is about pride’

‘We expect free entry’

These are the thoughts of members of the public when asked whether they valued free entry to national art galleries.

Recently released government figures show visits to national museums and galleries are at a record high for the third year running, with more than 40.3 million such visits recorded last year. Since free admission was introduced in 2001, visits to previously charging museums have more than doubled, from 7.2 million eight years ago to 16 million last year.

The Art Fund’s research, produced in collaboration with The Work Foundation through a series of ‘Citizens’ Workshops’, found that free admission to galleries was highly valued and was important in making public ownership of the nation’s art real in people’s minds. Even if people didn’t regularly visit themselves, they felt free admission was valuable to society as a whole.

The research also found that, despite the removal of admission fees, other barriers remain which prevent people from visiting galleries and museums. A lack of knowledge about the art on display and a feeling of intimidation about the buildings themselves made people feel that they were not qualified to appreciate the art owned by the nation.

Workshop participants broadly representative of the wider public were invited to the National Gallery in London and the Manchester City Art Gallery to look at different aspects of the work of an art gallery. Participants were asked their views on visiting art galleries; debated whether decisions on buying art are best left to the experts; and were asked to play curator for a day and decide which work of art they would choose to secure for the collection.

The key findings suggest:

Free admission is valued and seen as a key element of public ownership.

Free admission is much valued – and makes the concept of ‘public ownership’ real.

Free admission does not of itself mean people think museums and galleries are places for them to visit. Government and museums should make every effort to find out what ‘barriers to entry’ still exist in our museums and galleries. The research highlighted some clear social and educational barriers that need to be tackled.

Better storytelling can involve the public and make art more approachable. Even apparently remote and difficult works can be made accessible relatively quickly - but the effort needs to be made.

The public should be encouraged to ask questions and interrogate decisions made on their behalf. Being asked what they think helps people feel a greater connection to the art collections they own, and may be a crucial first step in attracting support for fundraising campaigns.

Engaging the public in debate about collecting need not undermine the expert curator’s role. Galleries don’t need to be frightened to ask people what they think, because if the effort is made to engage people, they are happy to leave decisions to experts.

Andrew Macdonald, Acting Director of The Art Fund said: "Free admission has established itself in people’s minds as the cornerstone of what it means to have art owned by the public. Galleries can still feel intimidating or elitist, but those barriers disappear when they engage us in the human stories behind the art in our national collections."


Art Fund | British | The Work Foundation | National Gallery | Manchester City Art Gallery | Andrew Macdonald |




Today's News

July 2, 2009

Christie's Auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art in London Realises $31.8 Million

Damien Hirst Refuses to Become Royal Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts

St. Louis Sculpture Park, Citygarden, Opens to the Public

Bravo is Sculpting a New Cast for "The Untitled Art Project"

Sears Tower Debuts Glass Walk Out and Skydeck Experience

Shepard Fairey Returns to ICA/Boston, Site of his First Major Museum Exhibition

Free Admission Boosts Sense of Public Ownership of National Museums in the UK

Nearly 30 Years of Collaborative Scholarship Culminate in the First Comprehensive Exhibition

The Royal Academy of Arts will Present GSK Contemporary 2009: Earth: Art of a Changing World

Philip Glass to Perform Etudes and Other Work for Solo Piano at Galleria dell'Accademia

Workshop Missoni: Daring to be Different Opens at Estorick Collection

Chicago Artists Engage Audiences in a Dynamic Five-week Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Carl Gustav Carus: Nature and Idea Opens at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Camera Work: Photography from the Permanent Collection on View at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

National Portrait Gallery Announces Finalists and Shortlisted Artists for the "Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 200

New Time and Navigation Exhibit Is in the Works at the Smithsonian

Cultural Leaders from Across the World Come Together in London to Launch Leadership Programme

"On-site", Wall Paintings by Carlos Motta at P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

The J. Paul Getty Trust to Return Avery Index to Columbia University

Magnificent Selection of Chinese Red Lacquerware to be Shown at Metropolitan Museum This Summer

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach

Related Stories



Rachel Whiteread's Tree of Life voted best loved work of art of 2012 in a poll of museum goers

Art Fund and National Trust Campaign to Save Brueghel Reaches £2.7 Million Target

Donations to Save an Iconic Old Master Painting by Pieter Brueghel Approach £1.4 Million

Staffordshire Hoard Scoops 'Acquisition of the Year' at Apollo Magazine Awards

Unveiled: New Weiner Art Commission for mima through Art Fund International

Rare Vintage Photograph by Roger Fenton Saved for Bradford's National Media Museum

New Works by Grayson Perry to Go on Show in Manchester

The Work of Alex Katz Travels to North Wales as Part of 2010 Artist Rooms Tour

Rare 15th Century Manuscript Returned to National Trust's Lyme Park

Chaired by Michael Portillo, Art Fund Prize Judging Panel Announced for 2011



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site