An exploration of the relationship between art and audience, in an aim to better understand the influence of the encounter with art

  • Charlotte Eagles

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This thesis considers and investigates the relationship between art and audience. An attempt is made to comprehend and articulate the changes which manifest in the viewer as a consequence of their encounter with art. This is achieved through the exploration of four strands of enquiry: a reflection of existing literature and artist practices. The audience encounter with art in a public setting. An ethnographic investigation of two gallery sites and an analysis of an alternative model for experiencing art through mindfulness. Furthermore, creative practices are used as a means to investigate the audience encounter, in addition to a combination of ethnographic methodologies. Such as: a range of participant observations, data retrieval through observation and interviews. It is the aim of this thesis to expose the authority and value of the encounter with art.
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAlison Carr (Main Supervisor) & Simon Woolham (Co-Supervisor)

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