I’m Louisa Penfold – I am a children’s learning curator which means that I work with young children in art museums. I am currently undertaking my doctorate in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham in partnership with Tate and the Whitworth, University of Manchester. My research is looking at children’s learning through artworks, play, materials and pedagogical documentation in art museums. Supervisors for this project are Professor Pat Thomson (School of Education, University of Nottingham) and Dr. Emily Pringle (Head of Learning Practice & Research, Tate). This research is funded by the University of Nottingham, Brisbane City Council, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The Graduate Women of Queensland Fellowship Fund. Further information on the projecy can be found here.
I have also worked on the learning programs at The Ipswich Art Gallery, Artslink Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (Australia) and as a research fellow on Serpentine Galleries’ Changing Play programme (UK). My Master thesis examined intergenerational learning programs at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in America.