In our recent survey of Artist Parents, over 60% said that they found galleries and art spaces to be unwelcoming to children, families and parents.
"I would definitely not attend some openings with my child as they are at a very unfriendly hour for kids, are crowded and busy and don't provide space for children."
"Most galleries 'feel' unwelcoming if I'm entering with a pram. A pram is not sexy. Some galleries are physically not accessible to me anymore as I can't get a pram in (eg: only stair access)."
"My old studio run by a local council kicked me out 6 days after giving birth as I could not meet my attendance quota while pregnant. There was no affordance for mat leave, and was a clear instance of inequity only affecting a mother. Really disappointing."
"The culture of quiet contemplation and occasional elitism doesn't lend itself to children's outbursts"