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Public art galleries and museums have long carried a reputation for elitism, colonialism and exclusion, favouring western ideals and propagating a culture of passive engagement, subject to the expert control of the museum and their master narrative. Subsequently, art museums are often omitted from the field of adult education in Australia (Grosvenor, 2019). However, in spite of this historical reputation, research suggests that a majority of art gallery visitors believe that public art galleries and museums still have a crucial role to play in tackling controversial and challenging issues, prompted by new exhibitory and educational approaches that provoke critical, reflective and meaningful responses to local issues (Ryan, 2017).

Research Question

By introducing non-formal adult education programs in Australian art museums, how might alternative pedagogical approaches and methods contribute to decolonising displays and encourage constructive, critical discourse between the community and institution?

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