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Who goes to Mona? Peering behind the ‘flannelette curtain’


Booth, KI, Who goes to Mona? Peering behind the flannelette curtain', School of Land and Food Annual Research Conference 2017, 13-15 June 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]


As part of the ‘Mona Effect" Linkage Project, I led the Glenorchy component – considering the experiences and perceptions of local residents.

Why was this important? We know that most visitors to Mona (like to most cultural institutions) were middle class and tertiary educated. Also, we were surprised by the lack of in depth empirical research investigating this even though there were expectations both in government policy and academic research that new and novel institutions like Mona changed/transformed individuals and communities through art engagement. So we had an opportunity to examine these expectations more closely and provide robust empirical evidence to support our findings.

What did we find? Locals like and value Mona, but there are all kinds of social, cultural and financial barriers that inhibit access e.g. cost of food and drink, the type of food and drink, and a sense that places like Mona are just not for us’.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Mona, disadvantage, visitor studies, exclusion, community engagement
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Booth, KI (Dr Kate Booth)
ID Code:117865
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-06-28
Last Modified:2017-06-28

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