This report evaluates three family friendly exhibitions at Oldham Art Gallery, Turnpike Art Gallery and Salford Art Gallery and Museum. It highlights some of the issues faced by artists, curators, education staff and other partners when developing accessible environments and exhibitions for family audiences. You’ll find details of the different approaches taken by each organisation, the key findings and recommendations – including a family friendly provision checklist.
Being child friendly requires a combination inclusive policy and planning, good facilities and responsive curatorship. Rethinking working methods and sustainable development will ultimately bring about better relationships between families and the arts, but there also needs to be wider social change in attitudes to both.
Define 'family'. Remember children do not visit alone, you cannot plan for them in isolation.