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Frances Howard, Steph Brocken & Nicola Sim

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 20: Youth Work, Arts Practice and Transdisciplinary Space

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Youth Work, Arts Practice and Transdisciplinary Space
Youth Work, Arts Practice and Transdisciplinary Space
Frances Howard Steph Brocken Nicola Sim
Introduction

For some youth workers, the prospect of a visit to a gallery can provoke a range of emotionally charged reactions. During an observation at an awayday for children and youth services held at a gallery in an English coastal town, youth workers named a number of factors that inhibit their engagement with the art institution. Fear of their groups being reprimanded in the quiet, ‘posh’ context of the gallery space featured strongly in discussions. Several practitioners also reported feeling alienated by the intellectualising tendencies of gallery interpretation, as well as a concern that their lack of ...

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