Jessie McLaughlin

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Jessie McLaughlin's MPhil/PhD Art research project

Queering the Art Museum: what can museums learn from young curators and the museum learning programmes that support them?

This practice-based project considers the ways in which genuinely radical programming in the art museum might be realised, specifically through working with and listening to young and diverse curators and audiences, with a view to transforming the art museum into a civic space which actively promotes access and diversity of perspective.

As the demographic of audiences continues to change - London’s white british population has not been the city’s most dominant for a long time and young people are increasingly identifying as something other than heterosexual and cisgendered - how can we work with audience to inform a new vision? Using three interlocking elements - firstly, art museum learning programmes and those who curate and engage with them, secondly, national collection artworks and thirdly, queer texts by queer theorists - this project explores how cultural institutions remain relevant, radical and sustainable in the 21st century and beyond.


  • Isobel Harbison (Goldsmiths)
  • Michelle Williams Gamaker (Goldsmiths)
  • Mark Miller (Tate)