Adult Education, Museums and Art Galleries

Animating Social, Cultural and Institutional Change

  • Darlene E. Clover
  • Kathy Sanford
  • Lorraine Bell
  • Kay Johnson

Part of the International Issues in adult Education book series (ADUL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Activism, Subversion and Radical Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robin S. Grenier, Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson
      Pages 3-14
    3. Avner Segall, Brenda Trofanenko
      Pages 53-63
  3. Women in Clothes: (Re)Gendering Practices and Pedagogies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Darlene E. Clover, Kathy Sanford
      Pages 67-78
    3. Micki Voelkel, Shelli Henehan
      Pages 79-89
    4. Rose M. Lewis, Rachel Clarke
      Pages 91-102
    5. Emília Ferreira
      Pages 103-113
    6. Jennifer Van de Pol
      Pages 115-125
  4. Re-Imagining, Representing, Remaking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Kay Johnson
      Pages 129-140
    3. Lisa R. Merriweather, Heather Coffey, Paul G. Fitchett
      Pages 141-152
    4. Jennifer Thivierge
      Pages 153-163
    5. Laura Formenti, Alessia Vitale
      Pages 165-176
    6. Sandro Debono
      Pages 177-187
  5. Performing, Intervening, Deconstructing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Darlene E. Clover, Emily Stone
      Pages 191-201
    3. Bruno de Oliveira Jayme, Kim Gough, Kathy Sanford, David Monk, Kristin Mimick, Chris O’Connor
      Pages 215-227
    4. Helene Illeris
      Pages 229-241
    5. Bryan L. Smith
      Pages 243-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-263

About this book


This is a book about adult education in the sphere of public museums and art galleries. It aims to enrich and expand dialogue and understanding amongst adult and community educators, curators, artists, directors, and cultural activists who work within and beyond the walls of these institutions. The various chapters take up the complex and interconnected pedagogics of subjectivity, identity, meaning making and interpretation, knowledge, authority, prescription, innovation, and creativity. The contributors are a combination of scholars, professors, graduate students, heritage and cultural adult educators, artists, curators and researchers from Canada, United States, Iceland, England, Scotland, Denmark, Portugal, Italy and Malta. Collectively, they challenge us to think about the dialectics of passivity and engagement, didactics and learning, gender neutrality and radicality, and neutrality and risk-taking amongst a collage of artworks and artefacts, poetry and installations, collections and exhibits, illusion and reality, curatorial practice and learning, argument and narrative, and struggle and possibility that define and shape modern day art and culture institutions. The chapters, set amongst the discursive politics of neoliberalism and patriarchy, racism and religious intolerance, institutional neutrality and tradition, capitalism and neo-colonialism, ecological devastation and social injustice, take up the spirit and ideals of the radical and feminist traditions of adult education and their emphases on cultural participation and knowledge democracy, agency and empowerment, justice and equity, intellectual growth and transformation, critical social and self reflection, activism and risk-taking, and a fundamental belief in the power of art, dialogue, reflection, ideological and social critique and imaginative learning.   


adult education and learning exhibitions art social justice and change transformation imagination creativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Darlene E. Clover
    • 1
  • Kathy Sanford
    • 2
  • Lorraine Bell
    • 3
  • Kay Johnson
    • 4
  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada
  2. 2.University of VictoriaCanada
  3. 3.University of VictoriaCanada
  4. 4.University of VictoriaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-687-3
  • Buy this book on publisher's site