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Research and resources

The enquire programme developed critical and reflective practice amongst gallery educators, teachers and artist educators. As the programme expanded, sector professionals and partner artists and teachers were able to learn through collaboration and practical experience, research and peer support, and became more skilled and confident in evaluating and developing their practice. 

The programme commissioned and published various resources, including the cluster research reports, which are available here. 

Report: Inspiring Education in Galleries

This publication is based on an evaluation of the enquire and Watch this Space programmes undertaken by Stuart Davies Associates. It looks at changes in professional practice, the development of organisations, partnerships and regional networks, and the impact that working with artists and galleries has on young people, their teachers and other members of the children's workforce.

Download the report here.

enquire research reports

Inspiring Learning in Galleries 02

This publication (2008) provides a context for the enquire programme from 2004-8, with a summary of eleven research projects and reports, a synthesis of the research findings across the programme, and explores the outcomes and legacies. The report can be ordered for £10 or individual sections downloaded here.

Key findings and executive summary

Background and context

Scientific report

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Outcomes, legacies, implications

References and notes

Inspiring Learning in Galleries 02: research reports

The full research reports from phase 2, 2006-8, can be downloaded here or a hard copy can be ordered for £12.50.



North East (phase 2.1)

North East (phase 2.2)

North West (Liverpool)

North West (Manchester)

South East

South West

Inspiring Learning in Galleries

The phase 1 (2004-6) research reports were first published in 2006 as Inspiring Learning in Galleries, which can be ordered for £12.50 or chapters downloaded below.

Key Findings 

A summary of the key research findings from the enquire cluster projects in phase 1, 2004-6.

The enquire Programme: Communities Of Critical Enquirers 

This section of the enquire research reports from phase 1, published in Autumn 2006, outlines the context for enquire, provides the aims and objectives, and describes the structure, partners and participants and the programme. It then discusses the cluster model, developing communities of critical enquirers and the associated formal and non-formal learning.

Research Report Overview 

Emily Pringle looks at the research context for enquire, the methodologies employed by the three phase 1 clusters in partnership with each university and discusses the research findings in relation to the Contemporary Gallery Education framework.

London cluster research report 

Report on enquire phase 1, 2004-6, research addressing the questions "In what ways does action research as a form of pedagogic collaboration enable learning in gallery education?" and "What conditions and strategies can develop young people's critical thinking in relation to contemporary art?"

South East cluster research report 

Report on enquire phase 1, 2004-6, research into how risk taking and experimentation contribute to the learning experience through the exchange between artist, teacher and young person, does such work offer a context for young people to find a voice and explore their identity, and at what point does a young person become responsible for their own ideas and more forward independently?

North East cluster research report

Report on enquire phase 1, 2004-6, research addressing the question "How do gallery learning activities contribute to participants' development of capital?"


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